Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way!

Will Haargreaves
Will Hargreaves

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Glossop: 201/10 [48.0]

denton west

Denton West: 163/10 [42.5]

Glossop recorded a crucial victory over local rivals Denton West to finally get their GMCL Premier League campaign off and running in 2017.

Half centuries for Dale Pennington and Chris Tipper, before a five-wicket-haul for Will Hargreaves gave Glossop their first points of the season.

Glossop won the toss and elected to bat upon arrival at Windsor Park and lost Oliver Kenyon early on in their innings, but some rather suspect bowling saw a staggering 16 wides leaked within the first 8 overs to keep the runs flowing.

Dale Pennington started aggressively and looked in fine touch for the visitors. Lee Dale could only manage 13, though, on his return to his old club before he too was dismissed by the impressive Shum, as Kenyon had been before him.

Pennington continued on his way, reaching an excellent half-century with Chris Tipper alongside him at the crease. He fell just moments later though to Berry, which brought about a wobble in the middle order.

A flurry of wickets, again for Berry and Shum, saw Glossop crumble from 100-2 to 123-6 in a hectic 7 overs after drinks.

Tipper, however, was still at the crease and steadied the sinking Glossop ship with the help of Will Hargreaves.

The pair steered Glossop towards the 200 mark before Hargreaves was bowled for 20 by Seyibokwe as they entered the final 10 overs of the innings.

Importantly for the visitors, Tipper reached a second consecutive half-century as he continues to demonstrate his worth to this Glossop side.

He too fell to Seyibokwe, though, and when Stephen Hunt became Shum’s fifth victim (5-64), Glossop had been bowled out for 201 in 48 overs – a respectable score on a deteriorating pitch.

Denton West got off to a quick start in reply with Dunlop and Shum looking composed at the crease, taking a particular liking to Mark Usher early on.

Usher did eventually claim the wicket of the latter though, caught behind by keeper Jak Megram.

Hargreaves entered the fray early on and removed Dunlop almost immediately for 24 to leave West 59-2 after a busy opening 10 overs.

Glossop were right on top just two overs later as Tipper dismissed Berry caught and bowled without scoring, and Hargreaves bowled Barnett without troubling the scorers, too.

West never really recovered from that position in truth. Every time a partnership seemed to be forming, a wicket would fall.

McAllister and Melling had safely negotiated a tricky period through the middle, but they were both adjudged LBW in the same Hargreaves over as the home side slumped to 96-6.

The dangerous Seyibokwe was still at the crease, but when Hargreaves (5-37) had him caught by Pennington for 46, to claim his fifth of the innings, the game looked to be up.

Two quick wickets for Kenyon (2/45) reduced West to 156-9, leaving Tipper (2/39) to finish off proceedings as he dismissed Cole LBW, Denton West finishing 163-10 with 7 overs still unused.

It’s a hugely important win for the 1XI and they will be hoping this will kick-start their 2017 campaign. They face another former LCL side next week as Woodbank travel to North Road.

CricHQ scorecard here

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