With a disappointing loss the previous weekend, Glossop looked to bounce back on Saturday, playing host to Stand at North Road. The home side won the toss and batted first on a pristine wicket following the county game earlier in the week. Openers Lee Dale and Dale Pennington made a slow but steady start before the latter was the first wicket to fall, caught at slip to an excellent catch. This brought Oliver Kenyon to the crease with club pro Dale, and the two set about something remarkable; the pair putting together an outstanding partnership of 199, with Kenyon (101) and Dale (113) both bringing up impressive centuries as Glossop posted a daunting 264-3.
The Stand reply was an interesting one. The home side chopped and changed with bowling options in a bid to attempt to take the 10 wickets needed for a 5 point victory, but it was always going to prove difficult on a wicket favouring the batsman. So, it was no surprise that wickets were shared around the attack leading into the back end of the innings, but any hopes of bowling the visitors out seemed to be fading as the game entered the final 2 overs; Stand having reached the 75% of the score they would need for a losing point, only 6 wickets down. This was however, before the most astonishing of climaxes took place. When Matt Sonczak took a wicket off the last ball of the penultimate over, Glossop needed an unlikely 3 wickets from the final over, to be bowled by skipper Will Hargreaves. With no pressure on the batting side to score any runs, they took on an unusual approach which played right into Glossop’s hands. Hargreaves had a victim off the second ball, but two more dot balls meant Glossop required two wickets from as many balls. Amazingly, the Stand number 10 and 11 both saw their stumps demolished in consecutive balls, as the home team bowled out Stand for 195 and secured an incredible 5 point victory.
In the reverse fixture, the 2XI also powered their way to victory with yet another solid performance with the ball. Wickets were shared between the old and the young; the ever reliable Andrew Dyson took 3 wickets, and youngsters Jonathon Booth, 2, and Jack Leyland with 5, helped reduce Stand to 127. In reply, Glossop seemed to be losing wickets regularly but reached their target with plenty of overs to spare and secure a win by 5 wickets.
Saturday sees the 1XI host Denton at North Road, whilst there’s LCB KO action on Sunday with Lancashire League outfit Ramsbottom CC the latest visitors to Glossop, in what promises to be a game of great quality.