Glossop ended their run of 5 consecutive defeats as they emerged victorious in a tight game against Flixton. With a huge number of players missing throughout the club, not to mention no club pro with Gionne Koopman back in South Africa after his 5 month stint in the UK, it was always going to be tough ask; the dynamic of the 1XI and 2XI teams changing quite dramatically.
Glossop elected to field first against an intimidating Flixton side boasting a number of paid players and a good spread of quality from closer to home, but it was the home side who got off to the better start. Tim Rogers, followed by Rob Adderley as first change, bowled tight spells without getting his just reward, but with the pressure increasing on the batting side, Will Hargreaves was able to do the damage from the other end; the spinner claiming the wickets of Tariq, A Perry and Beckford on his way to an impressive 3-27. The rain came with Flixton 61-3 after 25 overs, and when the players eventually got back out after an early tea, the game had been reduced to a 37 over contest. With Hargreaves having bowled his alotted overs, Matt Sonczak was introduced in his place and bowled a brilliant spell in the latter stages of the innings picking up 2-19, whilst Oliver Kenyon finished with 3-45 as Flixton ended 125-9; Luke Perry the catalyst of the visiting side’s innings with a classy 50 before he was run out by Adderley.
Glossop started their run chase with a new look opening partnership of Dale Pennington and 2XI opener Daniel Senior. Their reply didn’t get off to the best of starts as Pennington (6) received a beauty from Baig which saw his bails flying, and Oliver Kenyon was bowled the very same way just two balls later. Joe Moss came to the crease with the home side in a spot of bother at 6-2, but Senior and Moss negotiated a tricky spell against the spin of Tariq and Beckford. Drinks came, and Moss fell the first ball after the restart, caught behind off Beckford for a well made 21 in relatively difficult conditions. Matt Sonczak was the latest to join Senior in the middle and he began positively as Glossop looked to creep towards their total. Things looked to be going well for the home side before Senior ran past a turning delivery from Beckford, only to be stumped by O’Reily having made a gritty 27. Sonczak continued to motor as the innings neared its conclusion, despite the wickets of both Will Hargreaves and Matt Kells for 3 each, and was joined by Rob Adderley with Glossop requiring 30 from the final 5 overs, whilst knowing they could not afford to lose more than 8 wickets with it being a reduced overs game. The pair batted together superbly, running well and picking the gaps with the odd boundary found. Sonczak (52*) passed his half century at almost a run a ball in his most important knock of the season to date, but it was Adderley (11*) who hit the winning runs with just 3 balls left as Glossop, 127-6, crossed the line to secure a vital win in their bid to avoid relegation. One more win against Unsworth or Heywood next week should mean they’re safe, not needing to win on the final day at Denton West to stay up.