Glossop CC prepares for new season and new challenges

We have been informed that in 2016 the club will play in the senior division of the newly-formed Greater Manchester Cricket League. It is hoped that this division will be recognised by the ECB as a Premier division with the same standing as similar leagues throughout the country. The standard of cricket and playing facilities in this division will be very high, and it is to the credit of our players and club officers in recent years that we have been awarded this status. Next season will see us meeting some familiar clubs but also some clubs we have not met before in the area served by the M60 – details to follow. The second and third teams, and our junior teams, will play in other divisions within the new league, on a more regional, local basis – again details as soon as they become available. We look forward to the new challenges involved.

Meanwhile, pro Lee Dale has informed the club that he wishes to move on from Glossop at the end of the current season. Lee has served the club well over the last three years – a new league batting record in his first season with us and a grand total of 50 sixes in the 2015 season are just two of his achievements. Lee will always be welcome at Glossop CC and we wish him well. The position of club pro has been offered to Dale Pennington and he has accepted the offer. The club is looking to strengthen the first team squad by the addition of a couple of players but the general opinion is that there is  sufficient talent amongst our current players to hold our own in the new league. Glossop CC has a proud record of allowing young players to develop into good seniors, the new pro being a good example of this philosophy.

The 2015 season sees the first team finish second in the last season of the Lancashire County League, the second XI won their league’s cup – the Hulme Trophy – and our U15s & U17s won their sections of the LCL junior divisions. Next year we are planning to have three senior sides and junior teams from age 9 to 17 playing matches on a regular basis. Our highly popular Friday evening coaching sessions will start up around Easter time. Meanwhile a big thank you to our vice-presidents, ball-sponsors and regular supporters. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016.

Alan Garlick

Chairman

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