Impressive Cloete downs Glossop
Tuesday 11th July 2017 09:22 Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

Former LCL rivals Prestwich inflicted another defeat on Glossop as they suffered their 10th loss of the GMCL season.

Although their batting was much improved from recent weeks, a sub-par 174/10 was never going to be enough for the visitors as Prestwich cruised to a much-needed win.

Despite losing Dan Eyre early on Glossop made a positive start, reaching 60 within 8 overs before Dale Pennington was stumped for 20.

Lee Dale continued his promising form from the week before with another hard-hitting display, smashing 46 from 41 balls.

However, that innings ended prematurely too, in the 15th over, courtesy of a Sam Holden yorker, Glossop 86/3.

Despite 26 from Chris Tipper, who was controversially given out caught behind, and 27 from George Dyson, Glossop’s middle order quickly capitulated once again.

Rob Adderley made a valuable 18 at the back-end of the innings, but the North Road side still failed to bat out their 50 overs, Tom Scott starring for the home side with 3/20 from 11.5 tight overs.

Despite bowling excellently for the most part, it took Glossop until the 22nd over to find a breakthrough, Chris Tipper bowling James Wharmby for a gritty 23.

At the other end Gihahn Cloete batted sensibly but rode his luck against an impressive, fired-up Stephen Hunt (who somehow went wicket-less), reaching a half-century in a composed manner.

With number 3 Ali Raza alongside him at the crease, Cloete and Prestwich made solid progress towards their target.

It looked as though the South African would reach a well-deserved century, but Rob Adderley would eventually enjoy some success, uprooting his off stump to dismiss him for a brilliant 92 with only 5 more required for victory.

The very next ball, Adderley accounted for Sam Holden, caught by Will Hargreaves to give Glossop a little glimmer of joy despite the circumstances.

Ali Raza made sure Prestwich got across the line, though, finishing unbeaten on 39* to help his side to a 7-wicket win.

Next week sees a double weekend with Glossop travelling to Clifton (Saturday) before hosting Denton West (Sunday), both in the GMCL Premier League.

By Daniel Senior