Another Dale ton sees off Thornham

Glossop travelled across Greater Manchester to face a struggling Thornham side, and attempt to continue to push towards the top of the league table. Having won the toss, Hargreaves elected to bat and despite Dale Pennington falling early on, Glossop made an excellent start. Pro Lee Dale continued where he left off on Saturday, hitting his way to another brilliant century, before he was removed soon after for 108, whilst young George Dyson hit his maiden 1XI half century in an impressive knock of 60. Glossop were 234-3 with 15 overs left and looked to be in an imposing position but they failed to capitalise- even with some late blows from Alex Coates and Will Hargreaves- ending 300 all out with 7 overs left.

Thornham’s chase looked to be on when they were 144-3 at drinks, and the game could have gone either way, but it was the way of the visitors thanks to the introduction of spin. Skipper Will Hargreaves, picking up 4 wickets, and the left arm orthodox of Matt Sonczak, who had another 5 wicket haul, proved to be the undoing of the Thornham batting line-up as they were eventually all out for 231 ensuring another 5 points for Glossop.

The story at North Road for the 2XI was almost identical to their Saturday at Flowery Field. Having been put into bat, Glossop faltered early on, and the loss of wickets at regular intervals meant they were 87-5 after 23 overs. Again, it was a case of Jak Megram to the rescue, this time hitting an outstanding 69* from 67 in a stylish, composed innings, and with the help of a resilient Alice Dyson Glossop posed 195-8. Thornham struggled in their reply, with controlled opening spells from Jack Leyland (2-14) and Tim Rogers (1-21) keeping the visitors under control, before Daniel Senior (4-50) and Matt Kells (2-12) continued the good work. They were eventually all out for 124, meaning a useful 5 points for the 2XI who continue to look to rebuild after half a season of inconsistencies.

Next week Glossop 1XI face Prestwich on Saturday, away at The Heys, looking to overtake them at the summit of the league table with a win as the halfway point of the season approaches. The Sunday sees more Lancashire KO cup action at North Road. Norden CC, last years beaten finalists and current Central Lancashire League leaders are the latest to make the journey to Glossop, in another fixture that promises so much in the way of quality cricket. With the supposed heatwave on the way, this isn’t one to miss!

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