After the elements had accounted for the majority of opening round fixtures the previous week, Glossop 1XI looked to start off life in the GMCL Premier League with a win against familiar faces in Prestwich. Having won the toss, skipper Hargreaves elected to have a bowl first; a plan that couldn’t have started any better with Mark Usher removing the dangerous Stanbury for 1 after just 2.4 overs.
That joy was short-lived though, as Prestwich pro Walters came to the crease to join Wharmby. The pair put on 132 for the second wicket before Walters was bowled for a composed 64 by Stephen Hunt in the 34th over. Hunt followed up the wicket of Walters by dismissing Holden just three balls later, in exactly the same manner. Wharmby, however, was still holding firm and Glossop were finding it hard to hold on to any chances they may have created, but eventually found a breakthrough in the 44th; Hudson battling hard for a gritty 11 before he too fell to the pace of Hunt (3-57), this time caught behind by keeper John Stopford. As the innings neared its conclusion Wharmby passed three figures and brought up an excellent ton, before Hargreaves had him caught moments later for 108; Prestwich finishing 238-5 from their 50 overs.
Glossop began their daunting chase with a new look opening partnership- the experienced (and now club pro) Dale Pennington in the middle with the youthful, 17 year old Matthew Sonczak. The duo looked comfortable together, putting on 62 before Pennington fell for 36 in the 18th over. Oliver Kenyon joined Sonczak at the crease but his stay was cut short when he was dismissed by Stanbury cheaply, with Sonczak following him back to the pavillion an over later for 22, this time off the bowling of Reeve. Wickets continued to fall regularly, as the middle order of Gionne Koopman (10), George Dyson (13) and Alex Coates (12) crumbled through the middle overs to leave the hosts languishing at 128-6. Dan Eyre hit a quick-fire 28 including three 6’s, while John Stopford made 25 towards the end of the Glossop innings but despite their best efforts the North Road side fell 69 runs short, eventually all out for 169.
A disappointing start to the new season for the 1XI, but Glossop will look to bounce back next week when they travel to Bury CC for the first time, followed by a trip to Brooksbottom CC in the cup the following day.
The 2XI travelled to Unsworth for the first of many games against new sides this season. Captain David Wilde won the toss and elected to bowl, and despite excellent spells early on from James Eyre and Jack Leyland, Glossop struggled to find a breakthrough. It took until the 24th over before Daniel Senior (2-51) had Edge caught by Wilde, with fellow opener Judge following soon after to a stumping from stand-in keeper Matthew Kells; the score 92-2. Some excellent death bowling from Eyre (1-19) and Sam Dyson (2-23) reduced Unsworth to 148-5 from their 45 overs on what seemed like a difficult pitch to score on.
The familiar opening partnership of Wilde and Coates got Glossop off to a quick start before Wilde was somewhat controversially adjudged LBW, with the score already in excess of 30 after 4 overs. Coates fell soon after as he was caught behind for 17, but Senior and Kells steadied things at the crease, punishing the bad balls and manipulating the field. With their run rate up at 4.5 an over Glossop seemed to be cruising at 67-2, but when Senior was bowled for 29, a flurry of quick wickets followed to leave the visitors in a precarious position at 90-6. The impressive Kells, still at the crease, was joined by Rob Adderley. Together, they added 36 in quick time with a little bit of help from the extras on offer from the Unsworth attack. Kells eventually perished for what turned out to be a match winning 37, but Jack Leyland (15) struck a couple of big blows to finish the game with Adderley unbeaten on 16*, Glossop 149-7. A great win early in the season for the 2XI, and most importantly 5 points on the board at the first attempt. Next week the 2XI welcome Astley & Tyldesley at North Road in what promises to be another great game of cricket.