Looking to build on two good wins the previous weekend, Glossop welcomed Dukinfield to North Road in a match which promised to be a closely fought contest throughout.
Captain Hargreaves won the toss and had no hesitation in choosing to bat first- a flat wicket and blue skies overhead making it perfect conditions.
The innings began slowly, opener Pennington falling for 0 and his partner Dale also losing his wicket shortly after for 23 with the score 35-2 after 16 overs thanks to a tight start from the Dukinfield bowlers. Sonczak entered the fray with Kenyon and the two were forming a useful partnership when the latter fell for 27, the game very much in the balance at the halfway point at 70-3. Moss came to the crease with Sonczak and the pair began to push the score in the right direction, doubling the score in a 10 over period before Sonczak was eventually bowled for an impressive 42 and Moss departed for an important run a ball 36. Coates and Stopford continued the middle orders good work with 32* and 24 respectively as the innings drew to a close, both making their runs in quick time, meaning Glossop finished their 50 overs on 205-7, probably a par score given the conditions. There would’ve been few complaints at half time other than that everyone had got a start, but no one had pushed on and gone big.
Glossop knew that if they were going to take 10 wickets and get 5 points on this pitch it was going to take something special, and the heavy roller requested at half time by the opposition captain definitely brought some life back in to the pitch.
This was confirmed within the first over when Turner had inform batsman Laker caught at point for 0, with the pitch just starting to offer a little more than in the first innings. A controlled opening spell from Turner (1-16) and Usher (1-27) left Dukinfield 26-2 after 12 overs before Coates was introduced to the attack for his pace bowling debut. He had an instant impact, taking the wicket of opener Riley and number 5 batsman Fenton to leave the score on 56-4, Glossop having bowled 17 overs. Skipper, Hargreaves, came on to bowl as well as fellow off spinner Senior and the two set about the task of turning the game in the home sides favour. With Dukinfield captain Gasgoine and pro Lezar at the crease it was always going to be difficult, but there were chances a plenty and both eventually fell to the pressure of the two spinners. Worryingly, this was to be the last bit of joy for Glossop for some time as new batters Ghafoor and Finan pushed the score from 99-6 to 164-6 in a 13 over period, leaving the visitors with 40 needed from the remaining 6 overs. However, 164-6 soon became 167 all out with wickets for Hargreaves (2-37) and Senior (4-35) giving Glossop the crucial 5 point win they desperately needed if they’re to continue to push for the league title.
In the reverse 2XI game, the story was very much the same as at North Road, a healthy contribution from the top order; Wilde (20), Coates (27), Bates (42) and Dyson (31), but no big scores note meant Glossop reached 199-7 from their allotted overs. In reply, the Glossop attack shared the wickets with Williamson (3-30), Dyson (3-61) and Allen (3-36) helping the away side to an important 4 point win by 5 runs in a game which went right down to the wire.
Next week sees an away trip to Cheetham Hill for the 1XI where another 5 point victory is the only acceptable result at this stage in the season.