As I sit here watching the clouds clear and the sun starting to appear it’s time to look ahead to the new cricket season at Glossop.
All three senior sides are in action this week. with the 1st and 2nd teams playing Denton on Saturday (2nd at home) and the 3rd team at home to Denton West on Sunday 28 players will get an outing this weekend, several more being unavailable due holidays, injury or college commitments and there should plenty of opportunities for anyone in form during the coming season.
Last year’s results showed that the club’s strong reliance on youth and home developed players was producing a very good crop of young talent and allied to the experience of the older members of the squad this year could be just as successful. There were some exceptional 2nd team individual performances last year from the likes of Will Coates, Matt Sonczak and Dan Senior, not forgetting the record breaking batting of both 1st team pro Lee Dale and his opening partner Dale Pennington but everyone’s back to 0 now.
The 1st team secured the Walkden Cup for the first time in several years and the youngsters in the 2nd team (average age each week around 18 bar the odd occasion Bev Blackwood appeared!) once again managed to become league runners up to Denton West by the narrowest of margins and lost the Hulme Trophy semi final by 1 run in what must have been the most nail biting game seen at Roe Green in many years.
The 3rd and U17 teams both won their leagues and both teams were built around the nucleus of the same 7-8 young players. With several players moving on to further education early season availability means there are opportunities for the next group of young players to step up and young George Dyson makes an appearance with the 1st team today. He will no doubt not be the only youngster doing so this season.
Good luck to everyone and lets hope the weather is as kind as last year.