Brooksbottom: 190/8 [48.0]
Glossop: 191/4 [43.3]
Glossop 2XI recorded a superb victory on the road against Brooksbottom 1XI in GMCL Division 2.
The North Road side stay 10th after that victory, but they have opened up a significant seven-point gap (at least) over the four sides below them.
It means they have now won consecutive games after last week against South West Manchester, and have claimed their first away win of the season.
Bowling first, Glossop had immediate joy as James Eyre (1/44) removed Curwin McCarthy, who had looked promising initially, without scoring.
Although they had to battle against the weather, Glossop coped in the difficult conditions, bowling tightly throughout.
Oliver Argyle and David Schierhout found it difficult to score against an accurate and disciplined bowling attack, so much so that Brooksbottom were only on 51 after 26 overs when the former fell for 27, bowled by David Allen.
Allen (2/27) picked up his second wicket of the day soon after when he had Moshin Iqbal caught, a skier taken well by James Eyre.
The slow scoring rate continued for much of the innings, until the introduction of Kyle Ogden.
Ogden smashed 85 from 60 balls in an explosive last 10 overs for the home side.
He was eventually bowled, though, by Rob Adderley, who starred with the ball once again for Glossop, claiming an impressive 4/45, three of which were bowled.
Skipper David Wilde bowled well at the death despite not picking up a wicket – a couple of maximums from Thomas Crompton (14*) spoiling his figures in the final over, which saw Brooksbottom up to 190/8.
Wilde, partnered by Will Coates at the top of the Glossop order, had started positively and looked comfortable, before a beauty from Iqbal careered into the top of off stump.
Glossop 43/1 after 8 overs, Wilde out for 17.
Dan Eyre came to the crease and played in his usual, attacking fashion.
A couple of streaky boundaries helped to calm the nerves early on, before an impressive display of hitting followed.
Eyre (38), hit three consecutive 6’s off opener Iqbal at the start of the 17th over, but he was caught in the deep the very next ball, attempting 4 in 4 and ultimately, 36 in an over.
The flurry of runs had given Glossop all the momentum, but things soon changed.
David Schierhout was introduced into the attack and struck with his very first ball, dismissing Coates LBW for 17.
Steven Bates fell on over later for 4, this time to Iqbal (3/63), and suddenly Glossop were struggling at 100/4 and had two new men at the crease in Daniel Senior and Matt Kells.
The pair batted brilliantly together, though, picking up singles throughout a tricky period against some accurate and testing left-arm spin bowling.
After a cautious period, Senior began to open up and hit a couple of quick boundaries to ease the pressure, whilst Kells stood strong at the other end, still picking up valuable singles and twos.
In the end, Glossop got home with ease after a composed and professional run chase, finishing with a stand of 91 for the 5th wicket.
Kells ended unbeaten with a vital contribution of 24* (70), whilst Senior registered his first half-century of the year, 62* (64) including 8 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s – Glossop 191/4 with 27 balls to spare.
Next week the 2XI face Thornham who, like Brooksbottom had, currently sit 2nd in the league table, at North Road.
The 2XI are on the road twice next week as they face a struggling Hindley St Peters side, and Brooksbottom, who currently sit in third place.