Glossop suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of a strong Egerton side, to leave them 7th in the GMCL Premier League.
Already missing opener Dale Pennington through injury, Glossop lost Will Coates early on in a less than ideal start for the hosts having elected to bat first. Oliver Kenyon joined Gionne Koopman and the pair looked comfortable at the crease, until Koopman was dismissed for 30, followed by the wickets of Matt Sonczak and George Dyson shortly after. Matt Kells and Dan Eyre then fell in quick succession to leave Glossop 94-6, whilst Kenyon reached another important half century at the other end. Kenyon would eventually be caught for an invaluable 67, but John Stopford entered the fold and struck an important 32* along with a quick 14* from Will Hargreaves, to ensure Glossop posted a somewhat competitive, albeit sub-par total, ending 169-7 from their 50 overs.
Egerton began their innings in a steady yet unspectacular fashion with the Glossop attack squeezing well early on. The home side finally had a breakthrough after 16 overs when Hargreaves removed Halton, but wickets were proving hard to come by against a resilient Egerton line up. The much talked about Sri Lankan, Weerakkody, came to the crease, and it immediately became clear that Glossop faced an uphill battle. In a stunning innings, Weerakkody hit 51 from 33 balls to all but take the game away from Glossop, propelling the visitors to 117 in no time before he was bowled by Koopman. It didn’t get any easier for the bowlers as opener Fairclough passed a determined 50, whilst Ranasinghe put together a composed 20 at a run a ball before falling LBW to Sonczak. Despite two late wickets for Hunt, Egerton crossed the line with ease, winning the game by 5 wickets with 6 overs left.
Glossop will look to improve next week against Flixton.
Meanwhile in the 2XI, Glossop now sit top of the table in GMCL Division 3 after recording another impressive win to keep building on their early season form. Swinton Moorside were restricted to 170-9 from their 45 overs, with wickets for James Eyre (1-40), Rob Adderley (4-27), Dan Senior (3-67) and David Allen (1-25) in a strong bowling and fielding performance.
In reply, Glossop lost Jak Megram early on, but a stand of 98 between Dan Senior and Steve Bates swung the game back in Glossop’s favour. 71 from Senior and 45 from Bates, as well as useful contributions from Bottomley (18) and Allen (26*) ensured Glossop won the game at a canter with 14 overs left, finishing 173-6.