Glossop 1XI recorded an excellent victory over Salford based Clifton CC. The hot weather was a far cry from the snow of the previous week which caused the whole round of fixtures to be cancelled, and Glossop took full advantage of the flat North Road track by batting first.
Clifton opened the bowling in the form of their two former Lancashire players, Gareth Cross and Steven Cheetham, but the duo didn’t have it all their own way with the latter only bowling 2.5 overs before being hampered by injury. Though their opening bowlers struggled, the visitors did find early joy with opener and club pro Dale Pennington run out for just 5 and Oliver Kenyon, 9, bowled by McCann soon after. Matt Sonczak joined Glossop’s overseas import Gionne Koopman who had already passed 50 and was looking increasingly comfortable on a rewarding deck. Sonczak’s innings was cut short in the same way as Pennington had been dismissed earlier ; disappointingly run out for 19, with Glossop 93-3 just before the halfway mark. George Dyson replaced Sonczak after the wicket and along with Koopman, the pair began to push Glossop into a commanding position against a tiring bowling attack. Koopman showed no signs of letting up, reaching a magnificent century in quick time, and hopefully the first of many on North Road for Glossop. There was no rest for Clifton at the other end either, as Dyson passed the half century mark- a stylish and composed innings from the Glossop youngster which was equally as pleasing as Koopman’s ton. Together, their partnership was worth 164 from 165 balls, and they remained unbeaten as they guided the hosts to 257-3; Gionne Koopman finishing 139* (149) and George Dyson 68* (84) in a brilliant first 50 overs.
The Clifton reply started promisingly, Davidson and Holt putting on 57 before the former was bowled by Glossop opener Mark Usher for 27. Their task wasn’t made any easier when Holt (38) followed soon after, this time bowled by Oliver Kenyon, and when Dorsey was excellently caught by Joe Moss off the bowling of Koopman the Salford side looked to be stumbling slightly. The dangerous Gareth Cross was still at the crease, but those around him were unable to add any telling contributions to the score as Koopman accounted for both Morris and Brown in quick succession; the visitors now reeling with an uphill battle on their hands. 125-5 soon became 131-6 as Glossop finally had their man, Cross, brilliantly run out by George Dyson for 39. The Koopman-show continued after Cross departed, with the Clifton lower order no match for the South African spinner as Glossop bowled their opponents all out for 163 in 42.2 overs to wrap up a convincing win by a 94 run margin. Koopman finished with figures of 6-38 from 14.2 overs to add to his 139* from earlier in the day, and Glossop recorded an all important first victory in the Greater Manchester Cricket League.
Next week the 1XI travel to visit some familiar faces in Denton St Lawrence on Saturday, before the first round of the cup on Sunday away at Brooksbottom.