Explosive Eyre and Hargo’s Heroics Give Glossop Crucial Win

Dan Eyre
Dan Eyre

DSL

DSL: 199/9 [50.0]

GCC

Glossop: 203/9 [43.1]

 Will Hargreaves held his nerve to help Glossop over the line in a nail-biting fixture at Sycamore Park.

 The win, Glossop’s second of their 2017 GMCL Premier League campaign, moves them off bottom spot and into 10th place with almost a third of the season played.

The weather stayed dry, but having won the toss, Will Hargreaves elected to bowl first with the conditions still offering something.

Glossop managed to restrict DSL to 199/9 from their 50 overs after a consistent bowling and fielding performance throughout.

Chris Tipper opened and performed brilliantly. The left-arm spinner (2/29) removed Daniel Moss early on without scoring, before he had the dangerous Adam Hawley caught by Joe Moss for 21.

From the other end, Mark Usher (2/33) had dismissed both Lahiru Jayakody and Scott Kirwin cheaply to leave DSL 55/4 at the end of his spell.

Matt Hawley and Mark Dillnutt rebuilt well for the home side with Tipper and Usher out of the attack, but they both fell in quick succession.

Joe Moss took his third catch of the day as Hargreaves claimed the wicket of Hawley (27), whilst Dillnutt (30) fell victim to Steve Hunt.

Glossop had DSL on the ropes at 116/6, but some brilliant striking towards the end of the innings helped them up to a respectable score.

Hargreaves did for Jordan Williams, but Kyle O’Reilly and Ben Tighe fought back with brilliant counter-attacking innings.

Cole Turner (2/33) eventually dismissed them both for 27 and 32 respectively, but the momentum was with DSL as the sides went in at tea after that late onslaught.

Glossop opted for a different approach at the top of the order as Dan Eyre accompanied Lee Dale at the crease.

Eyre began brilliantly, taking the attack to the DSL bowlers, but Dale fell cheaply at the other end to Glossop’s arch nemesis, Ben Tighe.

George Dyson followed just two balls later in the same over, dismissed LBW without scoring, to leave them 32/2 after 5 overs.

Eyre, however, now joined by Chris Tipper, continued in his attacking fashion, bludgeoning the ball all over Sycamore Park.

He brought up an explosive half-century in quick time, before he was run out by Scott Kirwin for 52.

Dale Pennington (18) entered the scene as he and Tipper safely negotiated Glossop over the 100 mark, adding 48 for the fourth wicket, before Tighe had the former LBW to claim his third wicket.

Tipper looked comfortable, but just like Eyre, he too was run out, this time by Kyle O’Reilly for 36 to leave the visitors requiring 59 from 22 overs with 5 wickets remaining.

Joe Moss and Cole Turner played superbly as the North Road side edged towards their total, but when the latter was bowled by Tighe with just 21 needed, panic seemingly set in.

Moss (17) fell moments later, LBW to that man again, Tighe, who now had five wickets, whilst Kenyon was caught behind off Kirwin.

What had been a seemingly straightforward task, was now looking like an extremely difficult one.

Glossop were still searching for 14 more runs as Steve Hunt joined Will Hargreaves at the crease.

They were almost over the line thanks to a couple of boundaries from Hargreaves, just three short of victory, when Hunt gave Tighe (6/57) another wicket.

Mark Usher, Glossop’s final man, safely kept out the final two balls of Tighe’s spell, leaving Hargreaves (15*) to smash a four off Kirwin as Glossop claimed a remarkable win.

Glossop face another old LCL side in Roe Green next week, this time at North Road as they look to build momentum with another victory.

 

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