Pennington stars as 1XI return to winning ways

Swinton Moorside CC 1XI (150/5 – 43.0)

Glossop CC 1XI (162/6 – 40.0)

Glossop win by 4 wickets (DLS method)

Excellent knocks from Dale Pennington and Cameron Ball helped Glossop secure a memorable win against Swinton Moorside in a rain-affected fixture at North Road.

The hosts lost the toss and found themselves bowling first on an afternoon that would be frequently interrupted by brief showers, eventually resulting in 7 overs being lost per side.

Glossop could barely have asked for a better start when Cameron Ball (1/34) picked up a wicket with just his fourth ball, but David Flatley and Karl Taylor rebuilt well for the visitors.

The pair added 73 for the second wicket, but they did so in sluggish fashion, allowing Glossop to keep a tight grip on the situation.

Two impressive pieces of work from keeper Alex Browne eventually removed both set men, Taylor run out for 50 and Flatley (30) expertly stumped, either side of two quick wickets for Will Hargreaves (2/31).

Fortunately for Swinton Moorside, a late flurry of runs from Tim Ockhuis, who struck 39* from just 32 balls, propelled them up to 150/5 from 43 overs; a target that was subsequently readjusted by DLS to 162.

Despite some quick early runs for Dan Eyre (22), Glossop’s reply began disastrously, slipping to 23/3 inside the fourth over with two wickets for the impressive Bradley Palmer (2/33).

Browne and Ball calmed proceedings with a measured, watchful partnership, but when the former skied a short ball from Taylor, Swinton Moorside had a way back in to the game.

A positive Dale Pennington joined Ball at the crease and the pair began to swing momentum back in their side’s favour, producing a much-needed 51-run partnership in just 11 overs.

The latter was eventually trapped LBW for a brilliant 41 with 54 more runs still required for victory, but Pennington, well-supported by the lower order, turned on the style to ease Glossop nerves.

The right-hander chose the perfect time to notch his highest score of the season thus far, producing a magnificent match-winning 67* from 74 balls – to the delight of everyone at North Road – as Glossop crossed the line with 3 overs remaining to claim a vital 5 points.