Heywood CC 1XI (104/10 – 42.4)
Glossop CC 1XI (106/2 – 18.3)
Following a tough few weeks, Glossop CC 1XI returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 8-wicket victory against Heywood.
The win moves Glossop back into joint-second place with Glodwick and Denton West, and just four points behind table-topping Moorside whom they face on Saturday.
While Heywood won the toss and chose to bat, Glossop dominated early proceedings, and could hardly have asked for a better start when Cameron Ball emphatically bowled both James Kettleborough and Michael Witts.
Momentum firmly on their side, the hosts continued to take wickets regularly with Rob Adderley removing Andy Dawson and Sean Burrill, and Will Hargreaves claiming his first to leave the visitors 58/5.
Former Pakistani international Faisal Iqbal offered some resistance, as you would expect from a Test batsman capped 26 times by his country, but when he too perished to Adderley (3/20) for 46, Heywood were in real trouble.
Further wickets for Hargreaves (2/19), Ball (4/33) and a run out from the latter helped Glossop finish a thoroughly professional job, restricting their opponents to just 104/10.
Although Dale Pennington fell four overs into Glossop’s reply, the hosts refused to let it impact their positive approach.
Dan Eyre and Will Coates produced a remarkable, hard-hitting 76-run partnership which saw the former – playing his first 1XI fixture of the season – reach an impressive half-century, including 4 x 4s and 4 x 6s, at quicker than a run-a-ball.
Coates also played beautifully, smashing six boundaries on his way to 33, moving Glossop within sight victory before he was dismissed by Iqbal.
Alex Browne (4*) and Eyre (58*) wasted no time in accumulating the remaining 10 runs as the hosts won at a canter by 8 wickets, 31.3 overs left.