DSL were the latest challenge Glossop faced in what was certainly going to be a difficult game, with an away fixture at the home of the current champions. After winning the toss, Glossop decided to bowl first in the ever changing conditions. The visitors made an excellent start, reducing DSL to 6-3 before Dillnutt and Tighe set about rebuilding the innings. Spin was introduced into the attack and brought about immediate success; Hargreaves removing Dillnutt in his first over, whilst fellow spinner Sonczak held up an end as Glossop put the squeeze on. Cameron Ball returned to the attack and took two wickets, and with the help of an outstanding catch from young Matthew Sonczak, Glossop were back in control. DSL were eventually all out for 149 in the 46th over, Hargreaves with 2 whilst Ball and Sonczak both claimed 3 a piece in an impressive first half effort.
Despite their earlier efforts, batting second on a deteriorating wicket proved difficult for the Glossop line-up as the innings never really got going with wickets falling at regular intervals. Even with valiant resistance from Dyson and Wilde, Glossop slumped to a disappointing 106 all out- including a staggering 8 LBW’s- in a game that they’ll feel they really should have won.
The story at North Road wasn’t much better for the 2XI against the same opposition. As has been the case quite often, the first half was an excellent display of Glossop’s capabilities with the ball and in the field. They reduced a strong DSL outfit to 92-10, Senior picking up 5 and young Jonathon Booth taking 2-15 in an excellent spell on debut as the home side looked to have done the hard work on what seemed a good batting wicket. However, what followed was one of the worst batting performances that’s been seen at North Road in recent times as the home side faltered to a sorry 63-10 and watched 5 points slip away.
Both teams will be hoping to make more of an impression next week against Stand, the 1XI at home for a 1:00pm start.