Over two days which could define their season, Glossop 1st XI fell short on both occasions and lost their lead in the LCL 1st division.
On Saturday they batted first at DSL and made 180, thanks largely to another good knock from Dale Pennington (57) supported by David Wilde (28). The two Hawley brothers made 123 between them in reply, Adam leading the way with 90 n/o, and the home side reached their target with 10 balls to spare (181/5). Once again the familiar tale of the missing 20 runs meant no points for Glossop. Meanwhile back at North Road the second eleven won in the final over of the game. Batting first Glossop made 196/9, led by Cole Turner’s 56 in an opening stand of 78 with Will Coates (30). DSL 2nds needed four off the last ball of their innings and ran two of them before a run-out meant that they fell one run short of the Glossop total ( 195/8) – a 4-1 win for the home side.
On Sunday , put in to bat by the Prestwich skipper, Glossop 1st XI started badly (14/3) and never recovered. Only a last wicket stand from Oliver Kenyon (24 n/o ) and Mark Usher (19 n/o) allowed them to reach the modest total of 145/9. In reply the visitors’ opening pair of Hey (50) and Wharmby (79 n/o) took them to the brink of a crushing nine wicket win with 20 overs to spare and four league points, the most one-sided defeat for the North Road side in recent memory. From an eight point lead over their rivals three weeks ago Glossop find themselves in scramble for a top four place. Next weekend’s visits to Wodbank in the league and Walsden in the Lancs KO cup will test their resolve still further. Again the seconds brought some consolation with a four wicket win at Prestwich, their 178/6 (Malkin 75 n/o , Bates 63) overtaking the home side’s 177 (Jack Leyland 6/44, with a hat-trick waiting next week after he took the last two wickets in two balls!)) with four overs to spare – five more points and progress up the LCL second division.
Glossop 3rd XI will meet Flowery field at North Road on Sunday August 31st in the final of their cup competition.
No cricket next Sunday afternoon on North Road, but parking for the Tour de France will be available on the club car-park from 7am (cost £10 inc refreshments and toilet facilities). Cycling fans can take the train from Glossop station (200 yards up the road) to Hadfield station and from there take the shuttle bus to Crowden for a 20 minute walk to watch the Tour de France pass as the riders descend from Holme Moss and make their way up the Woodhead road on their way to Sheffield.