Glossop: 168/10 [43.3]
Ramsbottom: 169/3 [34.0]
Glossop crashed out of the Lancashire Knockout Cup in the first round with defeat at Ramsbottom on Sunday.
Runs from Chris Tipper and Cole Turner proved not enough for the visitors as Ramsbottom chased down their target with 11 overs to spare and 7 wickets in-hand.
Batting first on a decent deck at Acre Bottom, Glossop lost Oliver Kenyon first ball of the innings LBW to Grant Thomson whilst Lee Dale lasted just six balls at the other end before he was bowled by Simon Read.
Chris Tipper and Dale Pennington had started to steady the ship and looked comfortable only for the latter to horribly misjudge a delivery from the crafty Jon Fielding, bowled swiping across the line for 14.
Tipper fell not long after for a composed 39, bringing George Dyson to the crease with Cole Turner.
Both looked accomplished at the crease, but it was Dyson who was the first to go. His firm cover drive could only find the hands of Thomson, dismissed by Dale Gabriel for 9 after a positive start.
Turner continued on his way, manoeuvring the ball for singles and two’s, whilst punishing the bad balls.
Daniel Senior joined him and hit a brisk 18 before he too fell victim to Gabriel, Glossop 130/6 after 35 overs.
Turner reached a brilliantly well-deserved half-century off 77 balls but he was unable to push on, caught in the deep by Booth off the bowling of Dentith.
The innings fell away in truth with a couple of dubious stumpings, but some late resistance from James Atkinson (13) helped Glossop up to 168 all out.
Amazingly, lightning struck twice. Tom Parton, like Kenyon, was back in the pavilion after the very first ball of the innings, bowled by the accurate Tipper.
Steve Hunt bowled brilliantly and eventually got his just reward, snicking off Martin Cropper for 25, Dale Pennington doing the rest behind the sticks.
Will Hargreaves followed Hunt’s excellent bowling with a wicket of his own, the young JJ Fielding bowled despite looking impressive and composed at the crease.
The joy soon stopped for Glossop though, as 52/3 eventually became 169/3.
Chances came and went but very rarely came to hand. It was an afternoon of near misses, but credit where credit is due to the Ramsbottom pair.
Grant Thomson, Daryn Smit’s replacement after his move to Derbyshire, showed why Ramsbottom are paying the money for his services with a brilliant 61* off 65 balls.
Dale Gabriel added to his earlier two wickets with 41* as he and Thomson saw the Lancashire League side across the line, claiming victory at a canter.