Denton St Lawrence CC: 132ao (47.4 overs)
Glossop CC: 133/3 (26.1 overs)
Glossop recorded a comprehensive victory at home on Saturday as they welcomed Denton St Lawrence to North Road.
Despite the batsman-friendly conditions some accurate bowling from Rogers and Usher soon gave Glossop the upper hand, the former removing Allen (1) early in the piece and the latter finding the edge of Garnett’s (19) bat as the score moved to 28 for 2 in the 14th over.
The scoring rate remained pedestrian as the visitors attempted to regroup and consolidate their position; however, the introduction of spin in the form of Coates and Hargreaves paid almost immediate dividends as both Matthew Hawley (10) and Adam Hawley (9) perished to leave the innings teetering precariously at 62 for 4 at the 25 over mark.
Tighe (23) and Remers (24) provided some cheer for DSL travelling support, but in fairness the damage done earlier in the innings meant that their efforts to edge the score past and beyond three-figures was always likely to be in vain.
Rogers returned to pick up the last 2 wickets of the innings, the most notable a smart leg-side catch from Stopford to wrap the innings up with 14 balls remaining.
Coates (4 for 52), Rogers (3 for 43), Hargreaves (2 for 26) and Usher (1 for 8) were the Glossop wicket-takers.
Glossop were most certainly favourites at the half way point in proceedings, having been set a target of 133 for victory.
The Tameside outfit were given a glimmer of hope in the second over as Tighe dismissed Glossop professional Dale, the left-hander playing onto his own stumps without scoring.
After a relatively circumspect start of their own the Glossop response then started to build momentum as Pennington and Bates set about overhauling the modest target.
Pennington led the charge and scored an impressive 63 before being dismissed by Hall with the home side 20 runs short of victory.
Hall struck again before Glossop reached their target with some 27 overs remaining, Bates, who remained undefeated on 39, striking the winning runs.
This seven wicket victory saw Glossop end the weekend in fourth position in the Lancashire County League, some 10 points behind this Saturday’s opponents Denton West.
Glossop face a double-header in the league this coming weekend, travelling to Denton West on Saturday and then playing host to Dukinfield on Sunday.
Glossop second XI maintained their slender advantage at the top of the second division with a comfortable victory away at Denton St Lawrence on Saturday. Skipper Matthew Kells was the star of the show picking up 6 wickets in the 10 wicket win.