Dan Eyre stars, but 2nds fall short

Prestwich CC 2XI (229/9 – 50.0)

Glossop CC 2XI (205/10 – 40.4)

Glossop CC 2XI suffered a 24-run defeat to Prestwich, despite a brilliant all-round performance from Dan Eyre who scored 61 and claimed bowling figures of 3/62.

Skipper David Wilde chose to bowl after winning the toss, and his decision proved to be a good one as Glossop struck twice early on.

On both occasions, the impressive Tom Nally combined with the hands of Matt Kells to remove Haris Aziz and Adam Taylor, reducing Prestwich to 36/2.

Lewis Smith and Daniel Ahern arrived at the crease and steadied the ship, batting superbly together and frustrating the Glossop bowlers, despite their best efforts.

Both men reached important half-centuries, but when Dan Eyre broke the 140-run stand by bowling Ahern (60) and new man Alex Taylor fell in identical fashion just two deliveries later, the game’s momentum changed.

Having now lost his partner, Smith’s resolve lasted just three more overs when he was trapped in front LBW by the returning Nally for 67.

Glossop claimed a flurry of wickets as the innings entered the latter stages, with Nally (4/46) and Eyre (3/62) picking up one more scalp each and two run outs, including that of Qasim Memon (18) off the final ball, helping to restrict Prestwich to 229/9.

Glossop’s response began promisingly, with both Wilde and Will Coates scoring freely before the latter mistimed a drive in the 7th over.

Despite losing his opening partner, Wilde continued to accumulate quickly and hit Memon out of the attack with an onslaught of boundaries, pushing the hosts considerably ahead of the rate.

The Glossop captain brought up a classy half-century at quicker than a run-a-ball, but fell LBW to Pete Lorenzini immediately after reaching the landmark, sparking a middle order collapse.

Glossop slumped from 75/1 to 99/5 as Daniel Senior and Matt Kells fell in identical fashion to Wilde, and Adam Wilson was dismissed by Taylor; all three trapped LBW in quick succession.

Eyre and Jarrod Holmes batted aggressively to put pressure back on the Prestwich attack, but when Holmes was bowled by Memon for 18 and Nally followed the next over to give Lorenzini his fourth of the afternoon, Glossop were struggling at 139/7.

While the number of wickets lost were an issue, the run rate certainly wasn’t, allowing a now composed Eyre and Dave Allen to take their time and bat sensibly in an attempt to rebuild the innings.

The pair did so admirably, rotating the strike and taking advantage of the bad ball to propel Glossop towards 200, during which time Eyre notched a deserved, explosive half-century.

However, having taken the hosts to within 31 runs of victory with an excellent 59-run partnership, disaster struck when Eyre (61) and Allen (17) were both dismissed in the space of three balls, the former run out and the latter expertly caught by youngster Josh Ahern.

Although the hosts still had 12 overs left, the remaining runs proved to be too much and Glossop fell agonisingly short, losing by 24 runs.

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