Big Contrasts in scores as Glossop defeat Stretford Home & Away

Glossop hosted Stretford at North Road, hoping to add another loss to the miserable run of form of the visitors. Having won the toss Hargreaves elected to bat first, and Glossop made good progress before losing their first wicket in the 14th over; Lee Dale the man to fall for 22. Oliver Kenyon joined Dale Pennington and the pair continued to build momentum, sharing a second wicket partnership worth 148 in 30 overs before Pennington was caught after reaching yet another important century (117) at just less than a run-a-ball; the score now 214-2. George Dyson was the next man to the crease, hitting a quick-fire 20 before being dismissed LBW to give Khan his third wicket of the innings. However, Kenyon continued his good work, ensuring the home side posted a daunting total, and he too reached three figures, finishing 101* off the last ball of the innings as Glossop ended 289-3.

Wickets were hard to come by in the second half, and Glossop’s cause wasn’t helped by an uncharacteristically poor fielding performance. It quickly became apparent that it was a good job they had a sizeable score posted. The bowlers generally struggled to find rhythm with the Stretford batsmen keen to play expressively and with freedom. Cameron Ball removed opener Tresnan for 18 with his second ball with Stretford 56-1 after 11, but most of Glossop’s success was to come through the bowling of Alex Coates. It was a spell that saw both medium pace and off spin bowling, but Coates picked up 4-103 from 20 overs; an invaluable contribution as he removed Green for 57 and Khan for 77. The visitors came closer than most would’ve expected, but despite some late hitting from Zafar, 51*, fell 30 runs of their target finishing 259-7. A frustrating day for Glossop but 4 points nonetheless.

The 2XI were much more clinical in their disposal of Stretford in a rather staggering reverse fixture. David Wilde won the toss and stuck Stretford into bat. It took 9 overs before Tim Rogers found a breakthrough for Glossop, but the home side were struggling to find runs from anywhere at 13-1. The score quickly turned to 13-3 as Jack Leyland (1-10) got in on the action the very next over, followed by another wicket from Rogers straight after. Leyland finished his spell and the returning Sam Dyson was introduced into the attack with almost immediate success. The Stretford line-up struggled to come to terms with the ruthless spells of bowling from Dyson (4-6) and Rogers (4-9), and with the help of a comical run out, they crumbled from 24-3 to 25 all out from 21 overs.

In reply, Cole Turner wasted no time in finishing the game off with Glossop only requiring 26 for victory. Turner hit 25* including 3 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s, as Will Coates was left stranded 0* and the visitors won in only 2.5 overs with only a leg-bye denying Turner of all the runs. An easy 5 points and the game finished by 2:30 meant a fairly simple Saturday leading into the Hulme Trophy semi-final the following day.

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