Glossop 1XI recorded an impressive win over Denton West to move them to second place in the LCL standings. Having won the toss, Hargreaves elected to bat in perfect conditions against a weakened West outfit. Dale Pennington and Lee Dale got off to a good start reaching 50 inside 10 overs until Lee was caught off the bowling of Kirwin for a quick-fire 31, the home side 57-1. Oliver Kenyon and Cameron Ball were both dismissed in quick succession as a result of the accurate bowling of Oddy, but Alex Coates entered and steadied the ship with the in-form Pennington before the latter eventually fell for a determined 60. Coates followed soon after for 28 and the visitors looked to be seizing control at 129-5, but Tim Rogers- having been called up after his excellent form in the 2XI- ensured that the innings was put back on track. Rogers, 27*, with the help of Will Hargreaves, 18, guided Glossop to a competitive 209-9 off their 50 overs.
In the West chase Mark Usher bowled Barnett in his first over without scoring, and it didn’t take long for Rogers to turn hero with the ball in hand; removing both McAllister and West skipper Berry in an exemplary opening spell which saw him finish with figures of 2-6 from 7 overs. Denton West were reeling at 30-3, but Kirwin and O’Brien put any potential collapse on hold as they guided the visitors past the 100 mark. Kirwin passed 50 but Alex Coates had him caught and bowled as the required run rate continued to rise, and Coates had another victim as Williams was caught by Hargreaves a couple of overs later with the score 123-5 heading into the final 10 overs of the match. With O’Brien having to do all of the work the pressure was telling on the West batsmen, evidenced by an excellent run out from Kenyon to send Hill back to the pavilion for just 1. A flurry of boundaries from the dangerous O’Brien gave the away side some hope, but when he was bowled by Hargreaves for 73 and McAllister went first ball in the very same over, the game was all but over. Kenyon sent Melling on his way with the first ball of the very next over to take Glossop’s ninth wicket, but West managed to bat out the remaining 4 overs without losing their final wicket to end 178-9 meaning 1 point for themselves and only 4 points for Glossop. Nevertheless, a victory of great importance in the context of the season.
A very youthful 2XI, with 9 players under the age of 18, lost in the reverse fixture at Windsor Park. Stand-in skipper Daniel Senior won the toss and chose to bat; Glossop getting off to a positive start before Cole Turner was caught for 39 inside the 10 over mark. Liam Bottomley, Jak Megram and Daniel Senior all fell cheaply as the visitors slumped to 62-4. Will Coates hit a resilient 23 before he was caught soon after, and despite a promising partnership from Alice Dyson (21) and Jack Leyland (23), Glossop finished 121-10 with 8 overs spare.
West initially set about chasing down the small target in a watchful manner, but it wasn’t long until Luke Kilburn let loose, smashing his way to 55 before he was stumped by Megram off the bowling of Senior. Megram had his second stumping of the innings when Jonathon Booth took the wicket of Matt Senior with the score now 90-2, but even with two more wickets for Senior (3-26) and a rare victim for part-timer Liam Bottomley, West reached 124-5 in 30 overs.
The 2XI host Dukinfield next Saturday in a fixture that serves as a dress rehearsal for the Hulme Cup Final on Sunday 9th August which will be played away at Dukinfield. Sunday sees womens T20 action at North Road with Lancashire, Cheshire and Netherlands ladies taking part in 3 T20 games throughout the day