2XI Beaten Again, But They’re “Never Gonna Give (You) Up”


Steve Bates
Steve Bates


Glossop: 133/10 [47.0]

Astley & Tyldesley: 134/1 [19.1]

The 2XI suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Astley & Tyldesley 1XI at North Road as they struggle to adapt to life in GMCL Division 2.

 Glossop won the toss and decided to bat first on a typically hard and true Glossop wicket, but they failed to make the most of the pristine surface.

David Wilde and George Dyson began positively and looked comfortable at the crease, but both were dismissed attempting to drive wide balls from Ware early on.

Steve Bates and Matt Kells came together to set about rebuilding the innings and did so sensibly, giving little away to a tight Astley & Tyldesley bowling attack.

They put together an important 50 partnership for the third wicket before Kells drove one on the up off Cutt, caught at cover for 19.

Dan Eyre joined a well-set Bates and the pair looked composed in the middle, but when Bennett removed the latter for a well-made, determined 42, Glossop collapsed again.

Liam Bottomley fell in the same fashion as Bates without scoring, followed shortly after by Daniel Senior’s tame dismissal to Cutt.

The middle and lower order fell away spectacularly after the hard work put in by Bates and Kells earlier on in the innings.

Dan Eyre (29) bucked the trend with a couple of boundaries in quick time, but Bennett (5-19) and Cutt (3-28) shared the remainder of the wickets as the home side crumbled to 133-10 in 47 overs.

Astley & Tyldesley set off like a house on fire in reply and Glossop were never in it. The game as a contest was well and truly over.

Cutt and Moore took the bowling attack to the cleaners, with Senior’s LBW dismissal of Moore (36) the only positive in a dismal second half display.

McDonnell joined Cutt, who had by this point passed a brilliant half-century (50*), and struck a couple of huge blows to finish the match in a flash and end unbeaten on 38* from just 23 balls.

The visitors won at a canter by 9 wickets, chasing down the total in just 19.1 overs. For many, it was one of the poorest displays seen at North Road in recent memory.

The 2XI must bounce back against Whalley Range 1XI and register their first win next week if they are to have any chance of staying within touching distance. If not, the rest of the pack will look a long, long way away.

 CricHQ scorecard here

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