Glossop were left to rue missed opportunities as they fell victim to old rivals Denton St Lawrence.

DSL skipper Adam Hawley won the toss and elected to bat first on his home patch, and it was a decision that would soon seem to have backfired when play got under way. The innings started poorly for the home side as the spin of Will Hargreaves and Gionne Koopman blew away the top order early on. Hargreaves accounted for the departures of Adam Hawley, Kirwin, Keoh and Matt Hawley, whilst Koopman took the wickets of the dangerous Dillnutt (29) and Williams to leave the hosts 47-6 after a disastrous opening 20 overs. Hargreaves (5-45) would go on to complete his 5 wicket haul with the wicket of Hill (20) shortly after, thanks to an exceptional catch from George Dyson, whilst Koopman (3-37) removed O’Reilly an over later with Lawrence’s struggling at 78-8. Glossop were made to work hard for the final two wickets though, Ben Tighe once again proving a difficult wicket to take for the North Road side as he made an unbeaten 43*. Tighe was well supported by Jody Clough before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kenyon for 21, but the pair had managed to boost the score to 169-10; a tough ask for Glossop considering the position their opponents had found themselves in.

Glossop’s reply started reasonably well despite the early loss of Dale Pennington for 11, with Koopman and Kenyon negotiating a difficult spell against the new ball with consummate ease. However, the tide soon turned when Koopman (31) was dismissed by O’Reilly attempting an expansive shot off the spinner, Glossop 60-2 from 14. A flurry of wickets would now fall, the first after Sonczak hit his first ball to the fence before being stumped the very next ball off Ben Tighe. The middle order crumbled as Dyson was run out by Kirwin, whilst Moss, Eyre and Stopford all fell to the tricky spin of the impressive O’Reilly without making telling contributions. Hargreaves and Hunt were both back in the pavilion shortly after with the win seemingly slipping out of their hands at 129-9. Oliver Kenyon was still there at the other end and passed a determined, gritty half century in the company of Mark Usher. Kenyon would eventually be dismissed for 64 with the visitors claiming victory by a 17 run margin, Glossop all out for a disappointing 152.

Sunday brought more luck as they travelled to Brooksbottom in the first round of the cup. Batting first Glossop posted 285-10, Koopman the pick of the batters scoring 92, before they bowled Brooksbottom all out for just 90 in reply. The draw for the next round is yet to be completed.

Tuesday 24th May sees County cricket action return to North Road for the first time this season. Glossop plays host to Derbyshire 2XI and Lancashire 2XI in two 2020 fixtures, starting at 10:30 and 14:00 respectively. Admission on the gate, including a programme, is £2, whilst the bar will be open and refreshments will be on sale throughout. Parking is free at Glossop Cricket Club; all welcome for some great T20 action.

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