A second successive home fixture in a row in the league brought Denton CC to North Road to face a Glossop side sky high with confidence. Hargreaves won the toss and Glossop elected to bat on yet another flat pitch, which again proved to be the right decision. The hosts made a positive start against a limited Denton attack, with the score at 80 before pro Lee Dale fell for 34, whilst fellow opener Dale Pennington brought up a half century and new batsman Oliver Kenyon continued the good work before the latter was dismissed for a fluent 36 with the score reaching 166 heading in to the last 10 overs of the innings. What followed was a display of outstanding batting from Pennington, brutally hitting his way to a career best 170 not out including 17 x 4’s and 5 x 6’s, ably supported by young George Dyson (41 not out) as Glossop amassed a staggering 120 runs from the final 10 overs to finish 286-2.
In reply the Denton chase was always going to be difficult; Glossop started well with spells from Mark Usher and Cameron Ball but it was without success, until the introduction of spin. Skipper Will Hargreaves (2-33 from 13) was reliable as ever, but it was left arm spinner Matt Sonczak who stole the show, ending with a personal best return of 7-84 from 17 overs as Glossop eased to victory by 104 runs.
At Denton, the 2XI suffered a disappointing loss to hand the home side their first victory of the season, narrowly losing out by 16 runs, Rob Sonczak the only real stand out performer picking up 5 wickets on a frustrating day. The 1XI travel to Roe Green next week whilst the 2XI entertain their high flying counterparts at North Road, followed by a grudge match in the 2XI cup quarter final on Sunday against Denton West.