A dreaded double weekend with two away fixtures arrived with Glossop travelling to Stand on the Saturday. Hargreaves won the toss and in the sweltering heat, elected to bat on a more than suspect surface, but one that would prove to be just as inconsistent for both teams. With nearly half of the first team regulars missing for various reasons, the team was a shadow of its usual self, but still looked strong enough to overcome a struggling Stand side.
George Dyson opened alongside Lee Dale, showing great determination to get through a tricky opening spell before a pearler from Sutcliffe sent him on his way for 7. At the other end, Dale was chancing his arm to great effect; whilst proper cricket shots were seemingly impossible to play on the unpredictable wicket, three huge blows dealt in quick succession moved the score along nicely for the visitors. Oliver Kenyon, like Dyson, also fell to Sutcliffe, and when he had Lee Dale caught for a run-a-ball 35 in the 13th, Glossop looked to be in trouble at 47-3. Dale Pennington, batting at 4 in this game, and the returning Joe Moss (20) made good progress, both looking comfortable before falling soon after one another. The rest of the batting line-up struggled to make a telling contribution, Will Hargreaves the only other batsman to make double figures with 17, as Glossop stumbled to 121 all out inside 41 overs.
The home side started reasonably well in reply, reaching 25 before the loss of their first wicket which saw Kenyon strike in his first over. Hargreaves and Kenyon continued to build the pressure as the middle order collapsed without anything to show for their efforts, remarkably losing four wickets for just three runs on their way to 43-6, and with that their hopes of victory all but gone. In amongst the carnage, Pennington was forced to hand over the gloves after injury got the better of him, Matt Kells the heroic figure to admirably take on the less than enjoyable task. The consistent accuracy of Hargreaves (4-41) did for McGladdery, and Daniel Senior (2-18) was introduced into the attack from the other end, removing Sutcliffe and Beirne in the same over to leave Stand 82-9. Some late resilience from Curphy (33*) was frustrating the Glossop attack as the home side crept up to within 6 runs of victory, but Kenyon (4-36), having been brought back into the attack, eventually took the final wicket and Glossop secured an excellent 5 point win.
Once again, the weather was muggy on the Sunday as the 1XI took on Denton. Having won the toss, Hargreaves became the least popular person in the Glossop side as he chose to bowl, much to the disappointment of a dressing room riddled with hangovers. However, it proved to be the correct decision as Glossop ripped through the Denton batting line-up with ease, Stephen Hunt and David Allen both taking a wicket each with Mark Usher the stand out performer, recording an exceptional 8-22. Denton were all out for 68 in 23 overs, and there were three victims for Matt Kells, fresh off the back of his impressive performance behind the stumps on Saturday.
The chase wasn’t without a few blemishes to the scorebook, Dale Pennington falling early and Lee Dale (26) following him after a characteristically explosive start from the Glossop professional, 30-2 the score after an eventful 4 overs. Oliver Kenyon found himself caught for 10, bringing Daniel Senior to the crease with George Dyson. After Dyson was dismissed trying to go big, Senior (22*) took 14 off Cooper’s over to ensure Glossop would get home just before the rain came down, ending the game with a 6 to secure another 5 point victory, this time by 6 wickets with Glossop finishing 69-4. A very profitable weekend for the 1XI with a number of valuable players missing as the season nears its conclusion.
The 2XI recorded a routine win over Stand at North Road, David Allen picking up 4-31 and Sam Dyson 3-25 with a wicket a piece for Jack Leyland, Jonathon Booth and David Wilde, as Glossop bowled the visitors all out for 100. David Wilde (51*) and Tim Malkin (45*) chased down the total in 23 overs (104-0) with ease, cruising to a 10 wicket win.
Another win looked to be on the cards on Sunday against Denton after Glossop had bowled their opponents out for 146, Jack Leyland ending with 5-30, Alex Williamson 2-41 and David Wilde 3-33. Glossop made a positive start to their innings reaching 80-2 in 11 overs before the rain came down and the match had to be abandoned. An unfortunate end but another good performance from a depleted team.