Glossop took on Woodbank as the LCL season passed halfway. The home side batted first with Glossop’s opening bowlers struggling to make any early inroads, reaching 45-0 inside 10 overs. The spin duo of Matt Sonczak and Will Hargreaves began a long bowling partnership with immediate success, Hargreaves removing Dearden in only his second over. Despite Hargreaves picking up 3-66, all of the wickets being of the Woodbank top three, Glossop struggled to take wickets consistently. However, as the innings entered the final 10 overs Cameron Ball duly accepted the task of removing the middle and lower order, finishing with figures of 4-19 from an excellent 5 over spell; the Bury side 194-9 at the close.
Glossop lost Lee Dale early, but Dale Pennington and Oliver Kenyon made a solid start as Glossop were cruising at 80-1 after 13 overs. The partnership was broken shortly after when Kenyon was caught for 28 and new man Matt Sonczak fell immediately after, and when Pennington was caught for 37 Glossop were now 105-4 and the game in the balance. The pressure of five successive maiden overs told as Ball was caught and bowled without scoring, the score 107-5 at the halfway point. Alex Coates (30*) and Cole Turner (8*) began the rebuild and looked to be well set to steer Glossop home before the rain interrupted with 20 overs still left. At 130-5 with only 65 required, you’d have thought Glossop were firm favourites, but the players were unable to return to the field and the more than interesting ruling about rain affected games calculated that Glossop were in fact somehow 9 runs short at the end. An unfortunate, frustrating loss to say the least for the North Road side.
At the 2XI, Glossop recorded an impressive victory in the reverse fixture. Having won the toss, stand in skipper Matt Kells elected to bat. It wasn’t until the 11th over when Kells was bowled for 8, and Will Coates joined him soon after for a well-made 39 with the score 59-2. Tim Rogers and Alice Dyson continued to build the innings in a positive manner as Rogers passed his 50 from 62 balls, whilst Dyson was standing strong at the other end. The 78 run stand was eventually broken when Dyson was caught and bowled for 23, but Jak Megram entered and carried on the good work, adding 22 from 18 as the game entered the final 10 overs. Glossop were now 177-4 and Rogers was in full flow and hitting the bowlers to all parts, well supported by James Atkinson. The innings ended with Glossop 236-6 and Rogers agonisingly close to a century, finishing with an outstanding run-a-ball 99*.
The Glossop bowlers failed to cope with the aggressive nature of ex first-teamer, Brett Collins, early on as Woodbank brought up their 100 without the loss of any wickets. However, both openers were dismissed soon after, Collins for an excellent 72 by Rogers and Sumner bowled by Kells for 25 and two new batsmen were at the crease. Gowers came to the crease at 4 and batted well for his 53, but the rest of the line-up struggled to offer any real resistance, Woodbank eventually finishing 210-8 and 26 runs short against a young, fairly inexperienced Glossop side with Leyland the pick of the bowlers taking 4-43. An excellent 4 point win for the home side and some much needed momentum heading into the cup semi-final next weekend.