Bury CC 2XI (129/6 – 34.0)
Glossop CC 2XI (130/3 – 31.3)
34 over fixture – Glossop won by 7 wickets (D/L method)
Glossop 2XI ensured they moved back into the top half of the table with a 7-wicket victory against Bury 2XI, just about keeping their slim hopes of a top four finish alive.
The 2XI now sit two points behind Prestwich and six behind Littleborough Lakeside, meaning they must win both of their remaining games if they’re to have a chance of earning a spot in Division 1, the GMCL’s 4thTier, for 2020.
Bowling first, openers Mark Usher (3/26) and Sam Dyson (1/41) did an excellent job of restricting the scoring rate early on as Bury stumbled to 35/4 after 13 overs.
Hamza Hussain (21) and Bradley Edge (43) rebuilt well for Bury with a timely 52-run partnership, but Jonathon Booth (2/36) struck twice in quick succession towards the end of the innings to swing momentum back in his side’s favour.
A late cameo from Gary Garner (19*) helped Bury up to 129/6, but the hosts remained positive about the manageable chase ahead.
Their confidence was well-placed, as Glossop began the innings brilliantly thanks to Dan Eyre and David Wilde who scored at a steady rate and made it through the opening 10 overs unscathed – somewhat of a rarity for both the 1XI and 2XI in 2019.
The pair continued to bat positively, adding 89 runs in 20 overs for the first wicket before Wilde (29) was run out and Eyre (53), having just reached an excellent half-century, was bowled by Zafri Zafardeen to leave Glossop 94/2.
Despite losing those two wickets in quick succession, Matt Kells and Jarrod Holmes calmed any Glossop nerves and continued to guide the hosts closer to their target.
Kells (13) would eventually fall before the game’s conclusion, but he did so with just five runs required from five overs, allowing Holmes (12*) and James Atkinson (5*) to take their time and ensure Glossop secured a comfortable 7-wicket victory.