Glossop: 109/10 [31.5]
The 2XI endured another tough test on the road as they were well beaten by Eton 1XI.
Travelling with a seemingly depleted pace attack in the absence of Sam Dyson, who had been brilliant the week before, Glossop were tasked with bowling first once again.
Rob Adderley (4-36) was simply sensational and started in the best possible fashion, picking up the wicket of Stansfield just two balls into the game.
Ul Haq joined Murray and looked composed and in good touch, but the in-form Adderley had the former caught and bowled with the ball looking to slow upon impact with the pitch.
David Allen claimed his first of the day thanks to a brilliant catch at gully from Dan Eyre the very next over, removing Barlow, before George Dyson bettered Eyre’s ‘worldie’ with a screamer of his own to send Murray on his way.
Again, it was another wicket for Adderley, and Elton were left struggling at 52-4.
A rank long-hop from Daniel Senior accounted for the dangerous Hall (35), but Glossop failed to push on from a strong position.
Chris Murray and Calum Roberts batted together for 20 overs, though, and took the score from 92-5 to 164-6. Adderley registered his fourth victim, the latter, caught by Sam Elliott on debut.
Murray continued, though, and finished with an unbeaten 47* alongside Donnelly’s 10*, Elton posting 189-6 from their 50 overs.
Glossop began positively in reply with David Wilde and George Dyson looking comfortable at the crease.
However, when Wilde clipped one straight to square leg, a monumental collapse began. From 23-0, Glossop crumbled to 35-5.
The impressive spin partnership between Edwards and Ul Haq blew away the visitor’s middle order.
Dyson (21) was adjudged LBW off Edwards, and Matthew Kells was bowled through the gate second ball to the off-spinner.
Steve Bates and Sam Elliott fell victim to the leg spin of Ul Haq at the other end, both bowled in the same over, bringing Dan Eyre and Daniel Senior to the crease.
Senior, like Kells, was bowled through the gate, again to the dangerous Edwards, and Glossop were 50-6 in a performance somewhat reminiscent of the previous week.
Dan Eyre provided a brief counter-attack, striking a couple of monstrous blows out of the ground on his way to a quick-fire 40 off 34 balls. He became Ul Haq’s third victim, though, caught going for one big shot too many.
A flutter of wickets for Barlow and Filkins blew away the rest of the Glossop batting line-up but the damage had already been done early on, the North Road side finishing 80 runs off the pace.
What was more criminal, though, was the fact they had 18 unused overs.
It’s going to be a steep learning curve this season for the 2XI, and next week won’t be any easier when they host Astley & Tyldesley at North Road.
They are ‘Still Standing’, though.