Glossop U18’s claimed the inaugural U18’s GMCL Cup after a narrow victory over Greenmount on Sunday at North Road.
Having chosen to bat first Glossop got off to a poor start: George Dyson, Jak Megram, Ed Mellor and Charlie Megram all failing to make the most of a good batting pitch as the home side slumped to 32-4 inside 6 overs, with Alex Bullen (3-15) the pick of the bowlers early on. Joe Brotherton joined an already increasingly composed and settled Matt Sonczak at the crease, and the pair looked to be rebuilding well before Brotherton (11) missed a straight one off the bowling of Tom Heaton. Alice Dyson came to the middle next and supported Sonczak well, before he too was dismissed by Heaton for an excellent run-a-ball 30 in difficult circumstances. The tail and lower order crumbled, but Alice Dyson played sensibly to end 13* as Glossop posted 81-10- a total that looked well below par and one that Greenmount were confident of chasing.
As Greenmount set about their chase, Glossop struggled to take wickets early on, but the scoreboard was going nowhere thanks to two exceptional 4 over opening spells from George Dyson (0-8) and Ed Mellor (1-3). It was Mellor who finally got the crucial breakthrough in the 8th over, bowling the dangerous Tom Heaton for just 6; Greenmount struggling at 16-1. The visitors began to pick up the run rate with the introduction of the spinners, Charlie Megram and Matt Sonczak, but wickets began to fall more regularly. Megram (2-20) had both Donnelly and Hornsby caught, whilst the introduction of Alice Dyson from the other end saw Haslam and the well-set Kilvington both dismissed in the 17th over, the former’s stumping thanks to a wonderful piece of wicket-keeping from Jak Megram. A tight over from Jonathon Booth was followed up by another wicket for Alice Dyson (3-16), this time removing Bullen for 0, in the penultimate over of the game with Greenmount needing 16 from the last 12 balls. The visitors took it down to the wire, but Matt Sonczak (1-23) bowled a controlled final over, including the wicket of Catterall off the last ball, meaning Greenmount finished 73-7. Glossop claimed a remarkable 8 run victory, and brought Junior Cup silverware back to the club for the first time in years.
Man of the Match was awarded to Alice Dyson for her 13* with the bat and 3-16 in the second innings.