Prestwich: 187/4 [34.3]
Glossop 1XI suffered a disappointing opening day defeat at the hands of Prestwich to get their 2017 campaign off to the worst possible start.
Lee Dale’s fabulous 83 off 113 balls on his return to North Road proved not to be enough for the home side, despite posting 184-7 batting first.
Prestwich’s sub-pro for the day, Andries Gous, hit a magnificent century in reply. He finished unbeaten on 105 off 85 balls to steer the visitors to victory with 15.3 overs to spare.
Glossop had won the toss and chosen to bat first, on a pitch that seemed to be carrying a bit of moisture early in the day.
It was tough going for openers Dale Pennington and Oliver Kenyon, with runs hard to come by in a difficult opening powerplay.
The pressure eventually told when Kenyon (5) was bowled by Ryan Stanbury.
Lee Dale joined Pennington, whose defence was holding strong under immense pressure, at the crease, and the pair set about building towards a decent total.
Pennington eventually perished for a gritty 41, having added 60 for the second wicket with his former opening partner.
Chris Tipper, another new signing at North Road, joined his Bamford team-mate of last year.
He began positively, but fell for just 10 to the crafty spin of Prestwich skipper Andy Bradley.
Joe Moss replaced him, but he was dismissed by Stanbury just a few overs later, leaving Glossop 112-4 heading into the final 10 overs.
Lee Dale continued on his way, reaching an excellent half century, before he fell late on as Glossop looked to increase the scoring rate for a brilliant 83.
A flurry of late wickets for Nathan Bailey, including those of Cole Turner (16) and James Eyre (3), saw the home side finish 184-7, with Will Hargreaves unbeaten on 5*.
Stephen Hunt got Glossop off to an excellent start in defence of their total, bowling James Wharmby with just 12 on the board, but it was tough going from that point on.
Stanbury and Gous set about dismantling the attack, taking 56 off the first 7 overs, before Stanbury was dismissed in an extremely unlucky fashion.
Mark Usher, who had endured a difficult start to his over, managed to get fingertips to a return drive down the ground, and ran Stanbury out backing up at the non-strikers end for 23.
Chris Tipper (1-38) managed to remove Sam Holden, but by this point the visitors were already 93-3 after just 12 overs.
There was time for Oliver Kenyon to account for Hudson with 40 still required for victory, but Gous continued to terror the Glossop attack.
He reached a truly sensational century, and proved to be the difference between the two sides on the day, ending 105* as Prestwich cruised to a 6-wicket victory.
Glossop will be looking to bounce back next week at home to Clifton.
The boxing between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will be shown after with tickets costing £5 from Glossop CC. Food is included.