Pennington ton gets new season off with a bang

After the recent spell of fine weather, conditions on North Road last Saturday were totally unsuited to cricket with rain and a cold wind, but two of the stronger teams in the LCL produced an excellent game ending in a six wicket win for the home side. The rain meant a delayed start at 3pm and a 33 overs match. Glossop won the toss and asked Woodbank to bat first on the usual excellent batting strip. Thanks to a forceful 56 from McIntosh the visitors managed 176 from their restricted overs, a challenging total in the conditions. The Glossop side included new boy Cameron Ball for his first game for the town team, and he produced good figures of 3-35 from his bowling spell. In the same Glossop team stalwart wicketkeeper John Stopford began his 25th season of senior cricket and kept wicket superbly in the tricky conditions. The home side’s reply was led by opener Dale Pennington (100 n/o), helped by Alex Coates’ 41.  Dale started cautiously but accelerated to take Glossop home by 6 wickets on 178– 4. The opener reached his century with the boundary which took the home side to victory. Four league points to Glossop and a confidence boost to their prospects for the new season – the two sides meet again next month in the first round of the Walkden Cup. Glossop 2nd XI , missing several regulars, went down by 6 wickets in the reverse fixture, but have a double header of home fixtures next weekend against Stretford and Denton West to get their season off the ground.

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