Glossop won by 1 run
Glossop 2XI registered a brilliant victory over Swinton Moorside 1XI as they finally got their season off and running in GMCL Division 2.
The win was hard-fought in the testing conditions, with the game a hotly-contested affair throughout.
When play finally got under way, Glossop were given 25 overs to bat after a heavy, consistent downpour for the majority of the afternoon.
The home side managed to post 111/10 with 36 from Dan Eyre and 21 from Daniel Senior the main contributions in the innings.
Whilst they may seem like small contributions, 10 each from David Wilde, Matt Kells and Liam Bottomley proved important as Glossop posted a respectable, but probably below par target.
Jack Wood took 4/10 for Swinton Moorside in a fantastic spell of spin bowling that saw him swing the game in his side’s favour.
Just as Swinton Moorside were about to begin their reply though, the rain fell again. The game was changed once more to the shortest format possible. The visitors would require 97 to win from 20 overs.
Glossop’s defence of their total was exceptional, though.
Rob Adderley and Sam Dyson were simply sensational in their opening spells. Both bowled economically and accurately, dismissing O’Hare and Flynn cheaply respectively.
Dave Allen was introduced into the attack for a brief spell, contributing to the cause with the wicket of Norvall before he was replaced.
Matt Kells was bowling brilliantly from the other end, first removing Flatley (28), then Askew a couple of overs later.
Swinton Moorside were 79/5, needing 18 runs off 18 balls for victory. They should have had the game wrapped up, but with runs hard to come by and two new men at the crease, anything was possible.
Sam Dyson returned to finish off his spell at the bottom end and did so with the crucial wicket of Wade, caught well by Adderley for 13. 14 required off 12.
Kells (3/30) continued and bowled the crucial 19th over. The over conceded just 7 runs and included two wickets, Wood caught behind and Palmer run out by a calm and composed Dan Eyre.
Rob Adderley was trusted with the task of defending 7 off the final over, Swinton Moorside now 8 wickets down at this point.
He began with a dot, Hughes too slow to react as the ball sailed through to John Stopford. 7 off 5.
Hughes got bat on the next delivery, though, 2 scored. 5 off 4, the game in the balance and tensions rising.
A leg bye through the leg side brought Atkinson on strike. 4 off 3.
Bravely, without a fine leg, Adderley went fast, full and straight. The ball crashed into Atkinson’s pads and raced away for four.
In back play however, Adderley and Stopford had appealed for LBW and the umpire had given it after much consideration.
From agony, to ecstasy for Glossop. The polar opposite for the disgruntled Swinton Moorside players.
9 wickets down, 4 required off 2.
After an adjustment in the field placing, Adderley went full again. 1 run to McEnroe, 3 required off the final ball to win.
The Glossop opener stuck to his guns and went full again as Hughes drove him firmly back to mid-off. David Wilde was waiting with open arms, took the ball cleanly and threw it in over the top of the stumps.
Swinton Moorside 1XI had fallen one run short and, remarkably, Glossop had pulled off a stunning victory against all the odds after a brilliant contest.