Tough Test for The Two’s

Sam Dyson ResizedGlossop: 95/10 [33.2]

Droylsden: 102/6 [37.0]

Glossop 2XI fell to a narrow defeat away to Droylsden in their opening game of the GMCL Division 1 season.

The defeat acts as an important learning curve, having faced 1XI opposition for the first of many occasions this season.

The visitors batted first and limped to a sub-par 95 all out, with the pitch not as bad as the score might have made it seem.

In reply, Droylsden just managed to scrape over the line, winning by 4 wickets.

Glossop’s innings started in the worst possible fashion, losing captain David Wilde and Steve Bates within the first few overs.

Daniel Senior looked to be in decent touch, driving a couple nicely through the offside, before a loose shot saw him caught in the slips for 9, Glossop 12-3.

Dan Eyre joined Matt Kells and looked in good form, before the former fell victim to a suspect LBW decision for 7.

Liam Bottomley and Kells began to rebuild for Glossop, adding 49 for the fifth wicket, until Bottomley perished in the deep for a quick 16.

Kells’ defence was stout, but the pressure eventually told and the away side crumbled when he followed James Atkinson back to the pavilion for 25, having lost two wickets in three balls.

Steve Wood, Rob Adderley and Sam Dyson all fell in quick succession to Uppal, as he claimed a 5-wicket haul, Glossop 95-10 with Allen unbeaten on 7*.

The defence of their total started in the perfect fashion, with Sam Dyson removing Schofield’s middle stump just three balls into the innings.

Smith and Shirley followed shortly after, both falling to the impressive Rob Adderley (2-37) to leave Droylsden 14-3.

Uppal and Smith safely negotiated the score past 50, though, and looked to be steering the home side to victory.

However, Dyson (2-25) came back into the attack and dismissed the former, before a brilliant run-out from Liam Bottomley removed new-man Hussain just balls later, giving Glossop a way back into the game at 56-5.

Cheema fell into the trap set by spinner Dan Eyre (1-16), holing out to fellow off-spinner Daniel Senior on the boundary with 30 still required, but Droylsden held their nerve to cross the line.

Halliday (26*) and Mooney (20*) played the situation expertly to see their side home by 4 wickets, but it had been a valiant effort by a Glossop side who somewhat atoned for an awful first half.

The 2XI are on the road again next week, travelling to another new ground in the form of Elton, where they will be looking to register their first victory of the new season.

CricHQ scorecard here

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