Old Glossop 1XI vs Elvaston (Village Cup, Home, Sunday 30th May) by Rob Adderley
Old Glossop 1XI recorded a convincing win over Elvaston in the 3rd round of the Village cup last weekend to progress to the Derbyshire regional final.
The sun was finally out after what has felt like a lifetime of rain. Captain Adderley met with his Elvaston counter part Matt Hart and continued his success of losing the toss. Surprisingly the Elvaston captain elected to bowl first, despite having a car full of players yet to arrive.
After a slightly delayed start, whilst waiting for the missing opposition players to arrive after their long trip up from Derby, Joy and Sagar strode out to the middle looking to finally take advantage of some dry conditions but also mindful of the tired wicket.
Chris started in his usual positive manner punishing any stray deliveries. However, at the other end disaster struck for Sagar (7), as after a very good celebrappeal from bowler Birch the umpire proceeded to raise his finger and adjudge him LBW.
King (7) joined Joy (19) in the middle, however, both fell in quick succession to the bowling of Cook and Birch respectively. With the score on 39-3, Cannon and McGrail entered the fray & looked to steady the ship. With the young Elvaston change bowlers now being brought into the attack, both the OG batsman instantly began to take advantage of any misplaced deliveries.
Just after the pair had brought up their 100 partnership, Cannon (35) flicked a full toss to mid wicket and instantly set off for another run. To his horror the Elvaston fielder had picked the ball up cleanly on the half volley and returned to the keeper before he could make up his ground.
At 151-4, Adderley now made his way to the crease to join McGrail who had already past his half century. Both batsmen took advantage of some friendly bowling, putting the ball away with relative ease.
After a quiet jibe from Adderley to McGrail that he was catching him up, McGrail decided he wasn’t having any of that and blazed 3 further sixes on his way to a well made century. McGrail (102) fell shortly after to the pick of the Elvaston bowlers, Mazhar (3-23) who also accounted for Allen (0) and Allcock (20).
The innings closed on a 1st team club record of 330-8. Agonisingly for Adderley (94*) he finished 6 runs short of his century.
After the short tea break, Walsh & Littlewood took the new ball. Walsh, however struggled with the harder than usual landing and took a break after a couple of overs. Adderley took over from the Pye Grove end, whilst Littlewood changed ends to replace Walsh at the Manor Park Road end.
Adderley (2-14) got the much needed breakthrough when he accounted rather fortunately for opener Johnson (31), as Littlewood dropped an edge onto his foot which popped up to 1st slip and into the grateful hands of Cannon.
As the old saying goes one brings two, 41-1 soon became 41-2 as Birch fell LBW to Adderley. Spin twins Allen & Allcock were brought into the attack, with Allen (2-23) making the further break through of Mazhar (27) & Torey (37). The pick of the OG bowlers was young Jake Donnelly who returned outstanding figures of 4 wickets for 1 run as he ripped through the Elvaston middle & lower order. The rest of the Elvaston line up was mopped up by Cannon (2-20), who was promised a bowl after winning a bet with skipper Adderley for scoring a 50 the previous day.
All in all a comfortable victory, however bigger tests are to come and further improvements can be made in all three batting, bowling & fielding departments.
Another tough double weekend awaits next week with Whaley Bridge in the league on Saturday, followed by South Wingfield in the Derbyshire regional final on Sunday.