Glossop CC 2XI (150/10 – 43.3)
Roe Green CC 2XI (138/10 – 42.4)
Glossop CC 2XI held their nerve to win a tense game against Roe Green by 12 runs and move into the top half of the GMCL Division 2A table.
Having lost the toss and been stuck in to bat by Roe Green, the visitors made a positive start, reaching 36/0 from the opening 10 overs.
Skipper David Wilde batted well for 33, but when he was dismissed by Gareth Williams and Matt Kells fell shortly after, the innings began to stutter.
Williams would eventually finish with 7/45, but contributions from Daniel Senior (24) and Will Appleton (19) in the middle order helped Glossop up to 150/10, a seemingly competitive total on a slow, tiring wicket.
Much like their opponents, Roe Green’s innings began with purpose, Daniel Farr and Liam Needham batting with confidence and scoring quickly to reach 60 inside 15 overs before the latter mistimed a pull shot off the bowling of Tom Nally.
The experienced West came to the crease, but after just a few balls he was back in the pavilion, retired hurt and nursing a foot injury sustained while running between the wickets.
Roe Green recovered and stabilised well, but when Nally picked up his second and third wickets of the day in quick succession, Glossop sensed an opening.
In the space of 10 overs, 97/3 became 119/9 with Dave Allen (5/23) claiming a magnificent 5-fer, including the scalp of the well-set Farr (45), and Nally (4/20) a wonderful four of his own.
With 32 required for victory and plenty of overs remaining, West limped out to the crease with a runner to join young Banerjee.
The two set about reducing the deficit in a bid to claim an unlikely victory, but they could only add 19 before Sam Dyson trapped Banerjee LBW with a lethal yorker, Glossop rightfully delighted having won by 12 runs.