Glossop ensured they would be playing GMCL Premier League Cricket next year following a wash out on Saturday, at home to Unsworth, and an important victory away at now relegated Heywood on Sunday.
Having lost the toss, Glossop were asked to bat in less than ideal conditions – the game reduced to 37 overs per side thanks to the damage done by the rain earlier on. Dale Pennington and Oliver Kenyon started well for the visitors, the former showing signs of what he’s really capable of with a classy 43 before he was caught off the bowling of Pawson: the opening stand worth 64. Lancashire’s Jordan Clark, and Glossop’s sub-pro for the day, joined Kenyon in the middle, but the partnership was short and sweet as Kenyon (21) too, found himself caught, this time off Morley. Clark and Joe Moss, both fresh to the crease, batted superbly together as they put on 81 for the third wicket, the impressive Clark falling for 50 the ball after reaching his half century which included two monster sixes- Glossop now 149-3 entering the latter stages of the innings. The visitors finished on a more than competitive 169-7, the middle order having found it difficult to come in and score quick runs late on, but a run-a-ball 43 from Joe Moss ensured Glossop didn’t fall away late on.
Glossop began the defence of their total with Jordan Clark and Will Hargreaves opening the bowling, but the Glossop captain and spinner struggled to adjust early on, bringing Kenyon into the attack with Clark instead. Clark was showing his class and control with the ball as he picked up the wickets of Cross and Borg in his opening spell, Heywood 44-2 after 10, knowing that only a win would give them a chance of staying up. Steve Hunt replaced Clark and together, he and Kenyon bowled brilliantly to apply the pressure to the Heywood line-up resulting in the wickets of Mason and Morley for Kenyon, Hunt (1-24) dismissing Burrill in similar fashion, with all 3 batsmen caught behind by John Stopford. With Heywood struggling, Kenyon (2-38) finished his spell and was replaced by Sonczak, whilst Clark came back on at the other end to finish off the game. The plan worked, as Clark added another two victims to his name to finish 4-19, including the dangerous Pawson who had batted well for his 47. Meanwhile, Sonczak was mopping up the tail at his end on his way to 3-10 from just 1.5 overs as Heywood slumped to 120-10 inside 34 overs.
The defeat means that Heywood will be playing in Division 1 next season, whilst Glossop will be happy to have secured another year in the Premier League after a relatively rough season; no less than they expected going into a tough new league.