Sunday took the 1st XI to Vernon Carus near Preston in the first round of the Lancs KO cup. In conditions even worse than the previous day rain delayed the start until 4.30 when a 28 over game was agreed. Glossop won the toss and asked the home club to bat first. A steady opening spell by Usher and Rogers restricted the hosts to 9 off 5 overs, a promising start. Wickets fell at regular intervals, the Glossop bowler taking a wicket each in a total of 133-6, a rate of almost 5 runs an over. The Vernon Carus innings was held together by opener Dunn who finished with 73 n/o more than half of their total. Glossop stuck to their task well in the freezing conditions with a back-cloth of Virgin trains moving into and out of Preston station on the main line to Scotland alongside the ground.
Glossop felt they had a chance and openers Dale & Pennington hit 6 boundaries in the first 4 overs to put them ahead of the required run-rate. Unfortunately the openers did not last beyond the eighth over leaving the middle-order, led by Bates (25) and later Coates (17) to keep the score-board ticking over. Despite their efforts the Glossop run-rate was 20 runs behind that required after 19 overs and all seemed lost. Enter Stopford and Allen with a succession of boundaries to add 22 in 2 overs leaving Glossop on 131- 7 at the start of the last over. The home side’s opening bowler came back in the gathering gloom and in an incredible finish to the game produced a double wicket maiden to win the game for Vernon Carus by 2 runs. The contrast in emotions of the two teams was obvious as the home players couldn’t believe they had won and the Glossop lads saw defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. The journey back to Glossop in the dark was a long one. At least there were signs of fight and talent in the improved performance. This opening weekend’s fixtures were always going to be difficult and so it proved.
On this awful weekend of weather, the 3rd XI game v DSL was washed out half-way through the Glossop innings, so the club awaits a first victory of 2013 next Saturday with 1st & 2nd XI games v Roe Green and Stand. The U13s open their season on Sunday morning and the club’s popular Friday coaching sessions start this Friday – registration from 6.15pm. Oh yes, and the temperatures are due to rise later this week- almost good enough for cricket!