In a repeat of their cup clash the previous week, Glossop 1XI would’ve been looking to bounce back against a strong Clifton side as they travelled to Manchester Rd for the first time.
Having won the toss, the home side elected to bowl on an atypical Clifton ‘green seamer’ and quickly made inroads into a fragile Glossop line-up. Pennington fell early on in the first over without scoring when he was bowled by Liam Hurt, and when the impressive Koopman perished just a few overs later the alarm bells were ringing once again for the visitors. Kenyon and Dyson steadied the ship somewhat after an early wobble, but runs were proving increasingly difficult to score. 15 overs in, Glossop looked as if they had finally settled down, but the wicket of Kenyon soon brought about a remarkable collapse. 36-2 quickly turned into 58 all out, as the North Road boys were blown away by the pace of Liam Hurt (8-41) and the accuracy and persistence of former Lancs man Gareth Cross (2-13).
As you’d expect, Clifton never looked in any trouble as they set about chasing down the target of 59 with a mammoth 74 overs at their disposal. Glossop did get a breakthrough with Stephen Hunt bowling the promising Will Davidson for 11, but Glossop’s joy was short lived and Clifton eased to a 9 wicket victory.
In the reverse fixture at North Road, the 2XI had a much better time of it as they blew Clifton away to continue their strong season in GMCL Division 3.
Glossop’s opening bowlers started well with runs hard to come by for a slightly weakened Clifton side, Rob Adderley (2-13) removing both Ainscough and Morris cheaply. Clifton began to rebuild, albeit very slowly, but they were soon in trouble as Sam Dyson was introduced into the attack. Dyson picked up 4-15, whilst Daniel Senior claimed 3-26 as Glossop dismissed their opponents for 84 thanks to a run out by Andrew Dyson for the final wicket.
The result never looked in any doubt as Glossop set about picking apart the visitors bowling attack. Jak Megram and Daniel Senior started brightly and scored at a good rate, and it wasn’t until the 13th over when Dorsey bowled Megram for a well made 27 that Clifton had anything to shout about. Steve Bates joined Senior at the crease and Glossop crossed the line at a canter, Senior finishing unbeaten on 49* and Bates 4* as they chased down the target in 18 overs. Next week sees a crunch clash for the 2XI as they travel to Bolton to face Deane & Derby in a top of the table clash which could well turn out to be a title decider later in the season when all is said and done.