Saturday saw Glossop travel to Cheetham Hill, a side sitting near the foot of the table and struggling.
The visitors were bowling first and made early inroads with the score at 10-2 after 6 overs, with a wicket a piece for Usher and Coates. The Cheetham Hill innings continued slowly but the resistance shown from opener Saleem (46) and middle order batsman Maqsood (34) caused some frustration for the North Road outfit. After a couple of wickets for Kenyon, with the score at 128-4 with 10 overs left, it looked as though the home side could’ve built their innings wisely and pushed on for a score of over the 200 mark. However, that wasn’t to be the case when the score quickly changed to 162-10 thanks to two late wickets from Hargreaves and an effective short spell for left arm spinner Sonczak (4-19) meaning Glossop were set up for another 5 point win if they could chase down the total.
The innings had it’s moments along the way with Pennington, Kenyon, Sonczak and Moss all struggling to make their mark on the game with the bat. It was though, as always seems to be the case, club pro Lee Dale (90*) who seemed unflustered by the collapse around him as he and Coates (26*) steered Glossop to a 6 wicket victory at a canter with the help of some useful runs from the extras column including 23 wides.
At North Road, the 2XI recorded a convincing 5 point win by over 200 runs. Batting first, openers Coates and Wilde both notched up half centuries, setting a strong platform for the rest of the team. Bates and Malkin both scored 30’s and Dyson reached an impressive 50 at quicker than a run a ball, leaving Glossop to finish on 271-8. In reply, Cheetham Hill could only manage a sorry 50 all out with 5 wickets for Allen and a handful for Dyson in a spell which saw him end with impressive figures of 3-0.
Next weekend sees a double header against Thornham and Stretford as both teams continue to push towards the top of the table.