Glossop: 170/10 [41.5]
Clifton: 157/9 [42.0]
Glossop 1XI finally ended their six-game losing run with a fantastic victory at Clifton.
The win, their third away from home of the season, just keeps them in with a shout of avoiding relegation, despite still sitting bottom of the league.
Batting first in a reduced overs game, Glossop posted 170/10, with the feeling amongst the players that they were around 20 or 30 short of a competitive score, especially given their recent form.
Lee Dale top scored for the visitors with 39, whilst Dale Pennington (19), Chris Tipper (22) and Will Hargreaves (26) also made important contributions in the circumstances.
Clifton conceded 28 extras, including 15 wides, which also helped the Glossop cause massively.
Surprisingly, it was Will Davidson who proved to be the main threat for Clifton, taking 5/39.
Liam Hurt (2/49) and Steven Cheetham (3/32) shared the other wickets whilst Gareth Cross (0/39) went wicket-less.
Glossop’s defence started well, Stephen Hunt removing Adam Holt in the first over without scoring.
That, however, brought Gareth Cross to the crease, who seemed in inspired form.
The ex-Lancashire keeper’ took the attack to Glossop, smashing the ball wherever he pleased in a remarkable six over period.
At the other end, though, Chris Tipper removed Will Davidson (7) to reduce Clifton to 40/2.
A few tight overs later, Tipper took a brilliant caught and bowled off the danger man, Cross (41), to bring the game back into the balance after an explosive start.
From then on, wickets fell regularly throughout thanks to Rob Adderley (2/39) and Will Hargreaves (3/45), whilst Tipper (3/28) also claimed his third after an exceptional spell of bowling.
All of that meant the hosts had crumbled to 107/9, but Steven Cheetham was still looking dangerous at one end.
Cheetham, along with Matthew Wright, almost managed to get Clifton across the line, the former striking an impressive 57* off 39 balls.
Thankfully, Glossop still had enough in the tank to avoid another agonising loss in the latter stages and held on for a much-needed win by 13 runs, not to mention an invaluable 5 points.