GCC Stumble In Difficult Away Day

Glossop CC: 139/9 (50 overs)

Woodbank CC: 143/4 (44.2 overs)

Glossop fell to a second league defeat of the season on Saturday as they made the difficult trip to Bury to face Woodbank.

Upon winning the toss Glossop skipper Hargreaves elected to bat first, and in what proved to be difficult batting conditions throughout the match the visitors were made to battle for every run, the opening stand adding 27 runs before professional Dale was trapped leg before wicket for 7.

20 more runs were added to the total before the other Glossop opener, Pennington, was smartly caught at Gully for a patient 30.

The first two wickets of the innings were taken by the impressive Reid, who continued to cut something of a swathe through the Glossop line-up and by the 37th over he had single-handedly reduced the men from North Road to 82 for 6.

The visitors then demonstrated some stoic resistance in the form of Kenyon and Stopford. They compiled and innings-high partnership of 31 before the former was adjudged leg before for 20.

Stopford (pictured) rallied and cajoled the Glossop tail through the remaining overs to reach a total of 139 from their allotted 50 overs, the wicketkeeper-batsman finishing undefeated on 31.John Stopford

Reid was undoubtedly the most notable of the hosts attack, bowling unchanged and returning figures of 8 for 41.

Whilst Glossop knew that a target of 140 put the home side in the driving seat there was still good reason to be optimistic at the half way point of the match as the wicket was still providing ample assistance for the bowlers.

The Woodbank skipper, Collins, showed some early intent in striking a handful of boundaries, before he and fellow opener Webb were dismissed in quick succession by Hargreaves and Usher respectively.

From 28 for 2 the home side started to slowly edge their way towards the winning line with professional McIntosh at the helm.

Hargreaves and Usher halted their progress again by picking up a brace of the home side’s wickets within a 4 over period, reducing the hosts to 72 for 4.

Whilst Glossop managed to apply pressure to the chase it seemed for a majority of the innings that they were always a wicket or two behind where they needed to be in order to haul a victory from the jaws of defeat.

The final chance of a turnaround came and went as chances to end McIntosh’s vigil were spurned, and alongside Loster (29*) the Woodbank paid man saw his side home with a classy 58.

Hargreaves (2 for 80) and Usher (2 for 26) were Glossop’s wicket takers in the 6 wicket defeat that saw the North Road outfit end the weekend sitting fifth in the league.

Glossop welcome Cheetham Hill to North Road this weekend in the latest round of fixtures in the Lancashire County League.

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