Flowery wilt under Bates pressure

Steve Bates

Glossop CC 1XI (248/10 – 49.5)

Flowery Field CC 1XI (181/10 – 45.2)

Glossop CC 1XI began their 2019 GMCL campaign in perfect fashion by recording a 67-run victory, away against Flowery Field.

Having won the toss and batted, Glossop wobbled early on losing a flurry of quick wickets to leave them 26/3.

Cameron Ball (26) and new professional Alex Browne (22) steadied proceedings somewhat, but when both they and James Eyre fell in quick succession to Declan Feakes (3/42), Glossop were reeling at 76/6.

However, Joe Moss and Alex Coates batted brilliantly to turn the visitors’ vulnerable position into one of great strength, with both men reaching excellent half-centuries in a timely manner.

After a 131-run partnership, Coates fell for a well-made 65 from 71 balls on his return to the side, but Moss continued his good work.

He stayed there until the innings’ conclusion and was eventually run out from the penultimate ball, but not before he had helped Glossop to 248/10 with a crucial contribution of 64 from 75 balls.

Glossop could hardly have asked for a better start to the defence of their total, with Ball (2/42) removing both Kieran Lawton and sub pro Travis Townsend inside three overs.

Resilient knocks from Callum Clayton (48) and Steve Wharton (48), resulting in a 96-run stand, helped Flowery into a more stable position.

However, when the former was dismissed by Oliver Kenyon (1/41) and the latter by Steve Bates, momentum swung back in Glossop’s favour.

Bates removed Mike Finan and Alex Dolly the very next over, while Jamie Garde was excellently run out by Ball, meaning the hosts required 100 from the final ten overs.

They never got close, despite a late cameo from Joel Ankers (20), with Bates taking the remaining three wickets to finish with fantastic figures of 6/30, and Glossop wrapped up a comfortable victory against the odds.