2XI on Fire at Micklehurst

Micklehurst CC 1XI (175/10 – 32.5)

Glossop CC 2XI (176/5 – 35.5)

Glossop CC 2XI beat Micklehurst by 5 wickets to claim only their third league win of the season and move out of the GMCL Division 2B relegation places.

Sam Dyson (1/31) got the visitors off to the perfect start when he removed White without scoring after just five balls, but runs were easy to come by given the small ground and flat track.

While the scoring rate was healthy, Micklehurst lost wickets at regular intervals thanks to Kevin Pescott (1/43) and James Eyre (2/31), who removed the dangerous Forrester (38) and Belle (22) to leave the hosts 97/4.

Despite promising knocks from Darnbrough (41) and Barker (20), the remainder of the innings followed a similar pattern, with wickets from Jarrod Holmes (3/22) and Dan Eyre (3/4) helping to restrict Micklehurst to 175/10, 17.1 overs unused in total.

Dan Eyre fell early in his side’s reply, but composed knocks from Daniel Senior (46) and Lee Shufflebotham (46) eased Glossop nerves, with the pair combining to add a 91-run partnership.

When both men eventually fell in quick succession, and Holmes and James Eyre followed soon after to Chamley (4/45), though, the visitors were reeling at 122/5 despite only needing a further 54 runs from 20 overs.

However, both Steven Wood (18*) and James Atkinson (28*) produced important, quick-fire cameos to see their side home, ensuring Glossop claimed five vital league points.