Denton West: 241/10 [49.4]
Glossop: 190/7 [50.0]
Fresh from their victory at Clifton the previous day, Glossop were hoping to add a first home win of the season to the list against old rivals Denton West.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be the case, as they suffered a 7th successive home league defeat in 2017 by 51 runs.
On a typically flat North Road track, Denton West batted first and posted a daunting 241/10.
Despite an early wicket from Stephen Hunt (1/23), Denton West enjoyed most the opening exchanges.
Opener Hamish Dunlop (72) and number-three Michael Shum (53) provided a solid platform with important, composed knocks for the visitors.
Semila “Stitch” Seyibokwe (40) and John Barnett (23) produced important cameos as West looked to post a formidable total.
However, some tight bowling from Glossop towards the end restricted the visitors to much less than they would have been aiming for at one stage.
Will Hargreaves (3/68) and Rob Adderley (3/62) both claimed three-wicket hauls.
The innings also featured three run outs, credited to Hargreaves, Dan Eyre and Chris Tipper respectively.
Glossop started well in reply with a new-look partnership of Chris Tipper and Dale Pennington.
The home side raced to 50 inside 12 overs before Tipper became the first to fall for 20, caught behind off the bowling of Stephen Oddy.
Suddenly, though, the scoring slowed and Glossop began to dig themselves a hole, the rate climbing with every over that passed.
Pennington then followed, stumped by Max Cole for 25, Glossop now 63/2 off 20 overs.
Lee Dale and Joe Moss looked comfortable together at the crease, but then disaster struck as the latter was run out for 16.
Dale (29) then went the very next ball, caught and bowled by Shum (3/44) to leave Glossop 100/4, requiring 140 off the final 20 overs.
Another run out followed a few overs later as a mix-up between Dan Eyre and Daniel Senior saw the former walking back to the pavilion, the game seemingly up for the hosts.
Senior, too, found himself heading the same way not long after, caught in the deep for just 11.
James Eyre (36) and Will Hargreaves (31*) batted brilliantly together, though, helping Glossop over the 180 mark as they claimed a losing bonus point, at least salvaging something from the game.
The North Road side still ended 51 short, however, unable to build on their momentum from Saturday’s victory.
Next week brings a trip to Woodbank where another win is imperative if Glossop want to have any chance of surviving.
Things don’t get any easier next week as they travel to old LCL rivals, Prestwich, in what is now a must-win game if they’re to have any chance of staying in touch with the rest of the league.