Glossop suffered a close defeat to Woodbank on Saturday, when the home side defended 233-8 despite a belligerent knock of 76 from pro Lee Dale and a stand of 90 from 8th wicket pair Hargreaves and Stopford who came together with the score on 122-7. Needing 30 off the last four overs with 3 wickets still in hand Glossop finished 12 short on 220-9.
On Sunday an early start to avoid Tour de France traffic at both ends saw Glossop travelling to Central Lancashire League side Walsden CC for a pleasant and sunny Sunday afternoon and a last 16 clash in the LCB KO competition- the CLL outfit sitting pretty at the top of their respective league table.
With skipper Hargreaves having won the toss, Glossop were batting on a hard, flat deck on a relatively small sized ground. Despite a brisk start from openers Dale and Pennington including a flurry of boundaries, the LCL side found themselves 38-2 early on. As the innings progressed, as has been the story of recent times this season, a lack of application from batsmen meant wickets were falling in clusters yet again- Joe Moss being the only one to show any real resistance with 37 to his name. At 125-8 it looked as if the innings could’ve come to an embarrassing close, but a useful 9th wicket partnership between Kells and Senior pushed the score to a more respectable 162 all out.
After a disappointing performance with the bat and an even more uninspiring tea break, the Glossop lads had the almost impossible job of defending a target which was at least 100 runs short on the day. Despite their best efforts, the Glossop attack rarely troubled the home side’s batters: a run out and a wicket for pro Lee Dale the only highlights of a very disappointing day as Walsden won at a canter by 8 wickets with 11 overs left, increasing the losing streak to 5.
The 1st XI will be looking to bounce back to winning ways next Saturday in the league hosting Denton CC at North Road where they’ll be looking to put a stop to the recent bad run of form with a win.