A weekend of weather better suited to cricket saw both Glossop senior teams consolidate their league positions and challenge for a place in their respective cup finals once again.
Last Saturday Glossop 1st XI travelled the short distance to Flowery Field to take on a home team fresh from two good wins the previous weekend. Glossop were asked to bat first and Pennington & Dale put on their customary half-century stand before the former skied a catch to deep point and was out for 36. The pro held the innings together with an impressive 114 including 4 sixes and 9 fours. On 202-3 with 8 overs left a big score seemed likely but a flurry of wickets for Milner & Abbas restricted Glossop to a modest 230 all out. Milner bowled unchanged throughout the innings taking 5-98.
In reply the home skipper Mistry was bowled in the first over by Rogers and wickets fell at regular intervals until Flowery reached 147-9 in the 42nd over. Their last pair held out to gain them a point as Glossop once again had to settle for a 4 point win missing out on the elusive extra point. Hargreaves had the best figures once again with 4-44.
The Glossop 2nd XI had an almost identical result at home to keep them in touch with their league leaders, fine innings by Wilde & Sonczak seeing them to 234-8 after their 50 overs.
The brighter weather continued on Sunday for the Walkden Cup semi-final on Sunday at North Road against Stretford, the 2nd XI travelling to Roe Green for their Hulme Trophy semi. Skipper Hargreaves won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Pennington & Dale put on their usual impressive opening stand, this time 79 in 15 overs, before the former was well caught at square leg for 42. Bates,
Moss & Coates added to the score but spent much of their time watching yet another fine innings from pro Dale, 112 with 3 sixes and 12 fours, as Glossop passed 200 in the 36th over. Fine left-arm slow bowling from Parkinson kept Stretford in the game and restricted the home side to 264-8 after their 50 overs.
On the customary excellent wicket this total was manageable and Stretford’s openers set about their task with confidence in spite of a tight opening spell from Usher ( 24 runs in ten overs), both Laker & Parkinson reaching 50. 101-0 become 153-6 as Hargreaves set about his work ( 4-31) and even a late burst of big hitting could not get the visitors near enough to pose a threat to the Glossop total. The Stretford innings finished on 213 all out in the 46th over and Glossop were in the Walkden Cup final on August 4th against Woodbank, conquerors of Prestwich, venue to be decided on the toss of a coin next week.
Meanwhile the 2nd XI suffered a dramatic loss to Rope Green by one run, falling just short of the home side’s total of 170. David Allen took 6-16, and brave knocks from youngsters Matt Sonczak & George Dyson could not quite get them past the required total. Still there is still a league title up for grabs, and next week the 3rd XI travel to Flowery Field for yet another cup semi-final.
The annual club summer cricket school for Juniors ( Years 3-7) will be from Monday Aug 5th-Thursday Aug 8th, £60 for 4 days, coaching provided by qualified club coaches. Application forms available on Friday evenings and at the club bar.