A youthful Glossop 2XI recorded an outstanding victory over Dukinfield to lift the Hulme Trophy- the competition most likely in its last year- for the third time in six years.
Having lost the toss Glossop were put in to bat, David Wilde making a commanding start with every bad ball being rightfully punished and Will Coates supporting well at the other end. The pair looked comfortable against the Dukinfield opening attack, quickly moving the score to 50 before Coates perished to a full and straight delivery from Callum Williams (4-40).
A flurry of wickets saw Liam Bottomley depart for 12, followed shortly after by skipper David Wilde with an excellent 47 and Tim Rogers for 10 to leave Glossop 98-4; the game now in the balance as the innings passed the halfway stage. Cole Turner and Jak Megram negotiated the middle overs with an impressive maturity, rotating the strike well and hitting any wayward deliveries to the fence until Turner advanced down the track and missed a turning ball from Simon Collins, Glossop 128-5 after Alex License completed a routine stumping.
More of the same continued for Glossop as Daniel Senior joined Megram in the middle with the visitors desperately in need of a partnership of substance. Singles and two’s were relatively easy to come by towards the back end of the innings, and moments of creativity brought boundaries to send the scoring rate in the right direction. Glossop were motoring along nicely but Megram was caught for an invaluable 27 having put on 45 with Senior at a good rate, before Senior fell the same way going for one big shot too many on 35 as the innings drew to a close, Glossop posting an imposing 211-8 from their full quota of overs.
Glossop got off to the perfect start in the field with Tim Rogers removing the dangerously experienced David Mayne in only his second over, Liam Bottomley taking a stunner at gully. Rogers continued in a destructive manner as he does so often, taking the wickets of Matthew Murphy and Alan Carter before a direct hit from Cole Turner, a run out of the highest quality, did for Qasim Gafoor. It seemed to be a day where everything was going right for the visitors.
Sam Dyson (1-24) got in on the action from the other end when he had Mark Collins caught behind by Megram and Dukinfield were now reeling in the cup final, struggling on 39-5. Will Allen tried a more expressive approach in a bid to register a score of note, but he too soon departed off the bowling of Rogers who had now picked up his fourth of the innings. Some suicidal running marked the end of Simon Collins, Sam Dyson happy to oblige in throwing the stumps down, before Will Coates (2-15) was introduced into the attack and bowled with good pace and accuracy, deservedly picking up the wickets of Gary Clarke and Trevor Hyde.
The naturally aggressive Alex License offered resistance in the lower order, but after hitting Senior (1-6) for a six, he fell the very next ball and the game was over.
After a difficult and inconsistent season to say the least, a near perfect performance from the North Road outfit away from home, ensured the last ever Hulme Trophy would be going back to Glossop. It was a remarkable cup run which saw the side beat 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the league on their way to winning the trophy. Tim Rogers was rightfully awarded Man Of The Match for his bowling figures of 4-40.