The highly anticipated face off with Ramsbottom of the Lancashire League arrived on Sunday 14th June in the last 32 of the Lancashire KO competition. The away side travelled in their numbers and brought a sizeable crowd, giving the game a real competitive edge in a fixture that promised so much whatever the result. As they had done on the Saturday, the home side won the toss and elected to bat on the same trustworthy Glossop track that had served them well the day before.
Glossop made a watchful but solid start before Lee Dale was dismissed early on in an unfortunate manner, and two more quick wickets in succession left the hosts 70-3. Alex Coates entered at 5 with Dale Pennington who was still in good touch from his 170* on the Saturday; the pair putting on 90 when Pennington was dismissed in extremely unlucky fashion, the bowler getting fingertips to a firmly hit drive from Coates and running the inform man out for an impressive 86. Coates fell soon after for a well made 54, but the innings seemed to be grinding to a halt. However, some late hitting from Matt Sonczak (27*) gave Glossop some much needed momentum heading into the second half where they would have to defend their 214-9.
The game had been built up with a lot of hype around the South African Ramsbottom pro batting at 4 and rightly so given his record statistically, but the Glossop lads sensed they could have a chance right from the start. The visitors made a slow start and both openers had fallen to excellent catches by the 15th over with the score 42-2, a wicket each for openers Usher and Coates in invaluable opening spells. The pro, the big show, Daryn Smit was in, and the pressure was very much on him when the number 3 was caught to make the score 43-3. He looked comfortable at the crease until a bizarre turn of events which saw his partner call him back for a 2 with Smit tripping as he turned, leaving Senior to throw from the boundary and Hargreaves to take the bails; cue scenes. Glossop had their man for just 9. The game was slipping away from Ramsbottom, much to the disappointment of the chairman and ‘Rammy’ supporters reminiscent of the ‘Barmy Army’, but it didn’t stop their brilliant chants in the less than ideal weather conditions. Wickets continued to fall on a regular basis with victims for each bowler, but it was the fielding which really set the LCL outfit apart- you’d certainly struggle to witness a better all round team performance than this one – as Glossop bowled their opponents all out for 139 in an extraordinary game inside 40 overs. A truly unbelievable effort.
Glossop will face last years LCB KO finalists Norden CC of the CLL in the next round at North Road on Sunday 5th July. Make sure you’re there for another outstanding game of cricket.