Lee Dale Shines At North Road

Glossop CC: 318/3 (50 overs)

Cheetham Hill CC: 246/8 (50overs)

Glossop bounced back after a disappointing result the previous weekend to win in comprehensive fashion at home to Cheetham Hill on Saturday.

The host’s skipper, Hargreaves, won the toss and without hesitation elected to bat on what appeared to be a belter of a wicket at North Road.

The Captain’s faith in his batmen was not misplaced as the opening partnership of Pennington and Dale set about the Hill attack.Lee Dale

49 runs were amassed in the first 10 overs and with only one real scare of note, a dropped catch at Gully, the opening pair moved serenely to 86 without loss after 20 overs.

The next 10 overs is where the game began to be taken away from the visitors as Pennington and Dale hit the accelerator and left the Manchester outfit wilting in the field. A further 71 runs took the score to 157 without loss with 20 overs of the innings remaining and provided the hosts with an excellent platform from which to set an unassailable target.

As the score approached 200 the men from North Road lost their first wicket, Pennington caught at the wicket an agonising 9 runs short of what would have been a deserved century.

The home side then wobbled ever so slightly as 196 for 1 quickly became 211 for 3 with 9 overs remaining.

With Glossop at risk of spurning their superb position Dyson (41*) joined Dale for the late over onslaught, which saw a further 107 runs scored in belligerent fashion.

Professional Dale reached three-figures for the second time in 3 weeks and then really put the visitor’s bowling to the sword.

The aggressive left-hander ended the innings undefeated on a magnificent 160, which included 14 fours and 4 towering sixes.

Faced with the daunting task of overhauling a target of 319 in their allotted 50 overs the visitors started with intent, striking a number of boundaries in reaching 48 without loss after 10 overs.

Rather (70) and Ahmed took the score to 86 but as the innings progressed the scoring rate began to drop and it was with an air of inevitability that Coates removed Ahmed.

The off-spinner then delivered another 2 wickets which left the Manchester outfit struggling at 108 for the loss of 3 wickets.

It was clear at this stage that any hope of the away team reaching their target was quashed; therefore, the interest in the game was whether the hosts could take all 10 second innings wickets to secure a full quota of 5 points.

Hargreaves (3 for 30) and Kenyon (2 for 50) kept Glossop in the hunt right until the last over but they frustratingly fell 2 wickets short of their target, a rearguard effort from Hassan (60) thwarting their best endeavours.

The attacking Glossop approach resulted in Hill accruing a rather flattering 246 runs by the close of play, an achievement which did see them leave North Road with a solitary point.

Glossop second eleven won away in the reverse fixture at Cheetham Hill on Saturday. They successfully defended a score of 194 to take them top of the Division 2.

Glossop travel to Denton CC this weekend in the latest round of fixtures in the Lancashire County League.

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