Whalley Range: 289/6 [50.0]
Glossop: 217/9 [50.0]
Glossop 2XI produced their best performance of the season so far but still fell well short of the mark at Whalley Range.
Skipper David Wilde put the shock of winning a toss last week behind him and went back to old habits, losing the toss and being asked to bowl first at WRCC.
Some loose bowling early on allowed the home side to get off to a flyer, mainly thanks to their impressive overseas, Dale Kinsey.
After Rob Adderley and Sam Dyson had endured unsuccessful opening spells, Dave Allen was introduced into the attack.
Allen, now bowling in tandem with Daniel Senior, removed Faizan Ahmed with his first ball, Whalley Range 68/1 after 16.
Chohan joined Kinsey at the crease but struggled to make an impact. He watched the explosive Kinsey score all the runs from one end, before his innings came to an end with a tame dismissal off Senior for just 6.
Kinsey continued to smash the bowling all over the outfield, with no boundary too big for his powerful range-hitting.
On 99 and with the field up, though, the opener made a terrible judgement.
Kinsey ran past a non-spinning delivery from Senior and Matt Kells was more than happy to oblige, whipping the bails off to remove the overseas for 99 off just 85 balls, including 15 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s.
Glossop gained control for the next 10 overs as Sam Elliott was introduced into the attack. He too claimed two wickets, Din and Maqsood the men to fall to his spin.
Unfortunately for the visitors, some sloppy bowling and fielding in the final 10 overs proved extremely costly as Whalley Range posted 289/6 with Fakir unbeaten on 63*.
Despite the brilliant batting surface, 290 was going to be a tough ask for Glossop given their performances in recent weeks.
They started well, David Wilde and George Dyson playing sensibly and rotating the strike whilst punishing the loose balls, before the latter was adjudged LBW for 23.
Steve Bates joined Wilde but his stay was only brief as he was dismissed for 8, bowled by the impressively consistent Saleem.
Wilde continued on his way and passed a vital half-century, but that old cricketing foe, Nelson, struck and he was run out a few overs later for 61, Glossop 111/3 after 32 overs.
As seems to be the case for Glossop this year, another middle order collapse began.
Matt Kells, Liam Bottomley and Dan Eyre all followed the dismissal of Wilde in a disastrous 5 overs period which saw the visitors slump to 130/6.
Sam Elliott and Daniel Senior, both fresh at the crease, helped to swing some momentum back in Glossop’s direction.
Knowing that the game was up at this point, their only hope was claiming a losing bonus point by scoring 217 without the loss of all ten wickets.
Senior’s brief cameo of 34 from 24 helped to propel the score to 181/7 before he was bowled, and Elliott’s composed innings of 20 steered Glossop even closer.
Along with Allen (18), the North Road side had got themselves within touching distance of a point.
It was left for Sam Dyson (6*) and Rob Adderley (3*) to score four runs off the last six balls without losing the final wicket. Glossop just scraped home, ending 217/9, the bare minimum required for a point.
Next week sees two home fixtures for the 2XI. Swinton Moorside 1XI travel to North Road on the Saturday, before Glossop take their rivals, Prestwich 2XI, in a crunch game at the bottom of GMCL Division 2.