The biggest game of the season arrived for Glossop 2XI as they took on second placed Denton St Lawrence in the semi final of the Hulme Trophy at North Road. In a season where consistency in team selection has been hard to come by, Glossop finally had their best team available to them for the first time. DSL won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat first on the hard flat wicket, but it was the home side who started the better of the two.
Tim Rogers removed the dangerous and in-form Clough in only his second over; an ideal start for the Glossop side with the visitors 6-1. Jack Leyland (10-2-31-0) and Tim Rogers (10-3-23-1) continued to create chances with excellent opening spells but none were going to hand and DSL looked to have negotiated a difficult opening period. Clayton and Moss both reached patient half centuries and their stand passed 100 as they looked to build a strong platform for the latter stages of the innings with 15 overs left. It wasn’t until the 37th over that Glossop found a breakthrough, Moss holing out to Leyland on the boundary off the bowling of Daniel Senior for 61. Clayton followed soon after when he too was caught going for the big shot, this time off the bowling of Matthew Kells (10-1-39-1) and an excellent catch from Will Coates. Denton St Lawrence were now 124-3 and two new batsmen were at the crease before Selby was run out after some brilliant work in the field by David Allen. Coates took his second catch as Remers fell to Senior (10-0-35-2) for 15, and DSL looked to be falling away towards the end of their innings, the score now 144-5 with 5 overs left. Senior and Sam Dyson (10-1-39-1) closed out the innings with great control and Dyson removed Lowe in the final over of the innings meaning the visitors finished 171-6 from their 50 overs.
Glossop faltered early on in their reply, losing both openers in Will Coates and David Wilde cheaply as they stumbled to 16-2 after 5 overs. Liam Bottomley countered the DSL pressure with his usual aggressive style, but watched Tim Rogers and Cole Turner depart for 12 and 11 respectively to leave Glossop 74-4 at halfway; the game very much in the balance. Bottomley and Jak Megram looked comfortable before the former was bowled by Rathbone for an excellent 42 which would prove to be an invaluable contribution. Even at 98-5 the home side still had plenty of batting left to come, but Jak Megram was very much the key man in this situation and DSL sensed it. The returning Sam Dyson came and went soon after for 8 and David Allen was very much the same for 7, but after doing the majority of the work Megram passed his half century from 78 balls and was joined by Matt Kells at 144-7 with 5 overs remaining. An unfortunate miscalculation by the DSL skipper meant a new bowler was needed for the last 2 overs from one end. Megram wasted no time in making the visitors pay for their mistake taking 12 off Bardsley’s first over meaning only 2 runs were required for victory heading into the penultimate over. Kells took a single off Nadeem to make the scores level, leaving Megram to finish the game with a lofted 4; the Glossop keeper ending unbeaten on 64* from 86 balls in an outstanding display as Glossop reached 175-7 with an over left.
Glossop will play Dukinfield in the final of the competition on Sunday 9th August with the venue to be decided by the toss of a coin. Next week sees the 1XI at home to Denton West on Saturday and then more Lancs KO Cup action at North Road with Glossop taking on Bootle on Sunday.