Old Glossop 2nd XI vs Hayfield (Home, Saturday 29th May) by Darren Acomb
The 2nd XI welcomed Hayfield to Old Glossop's theatre of dreams. With the ground almost ready and the warmups well underway, the returning captain Darren Acomb was eager to get to the middle and toss the coin. Not sure of what to do as the track was still a little moist. That was soon taken out of his hands as Hayfield skipper called heads, and put the OG lads in hoping to get some early success from the bowler friendly track.
Super Johnny Wright & Darren Acomb walked out to the middle in a confident mood, but found it hard going early doors, however both got stuck into the task ahead. Some tight bowling saw OG reach 20 off the first 10 overs, then Acomb (35) decided to up the anti and attack. 6 overs later he fell foul to a slower ball, caught & bowled with the score at 56.
Cannon then joined the watchful Wright who soon flicked a switch and followed on from his opening partner, caressing the ball to all parts. With JC now knuckling down and pushing the ball around the next 10 overs took us to 109. Wright was then caught mid off trying to hit over the top for a well earned 47.
Dwyer & King came and went, with Cannon most definitely back to his old ways dispatching some loose bowling all around the park, soon reaching his 50. Then what he thought was a pie thrown at him from someone behind the bowler, turned out to be a ball from his old pal Big Dave Aldridge which saw it take his bails.
Allcock & Barrow partnered up to finish a good batting display hitting 20 odd a piece to finish on 216/5. Great effort all round.
The lads strutted out for the second half in good spirits. Young Tom Lane, surprised at being given the new ball, paid back his captains confidence in him. Getting the dangerous Aldridge first ball, then dismissing number 2 in his second over.
At the opposite end AK was also getting into the Hayfield batsman, grabbing himself a couple of wickets. Maybe on another day he could have ended up with 6/7, but some catches going down and batsmen splitting the field, he had to settle for the two.
Allcock took over from young Lane and started off steady as usual until the young girl dispatched him for 2 consecutive boundaries.
Dodd & young Lumb then bowled in partnership against the middle order, and not to let the side down Dodd soon sent 4 of them sulking back to the changing rooms, finishing with figures of 4/6.
Young Jake Donnelly & JC, the spin twins, finished the innings off in 4 overs, bowling the travelling team out for 103. A great team performance and a well needed 20 points.