The new season at North Road started predictably with a delayed start for rain and an unseasonal low temperature for the 1st XI game v Prestwich. Last year’s league champions won the toss and asked Glossop to bat first. Openers Dale & Pennington set out to show this to be a mistake with a careful opening stand of 86 from 28 of the 46 overs on offer. Bates and Moss then carried on their good work with a stand of 42 on a slow pitch with boundaries difficult to come by. A late flurry of runs led to 2 run outs and a total of 155-6 at 3.4 runs an over, perhaps at least 30 runs short of a challenging target.
Mark Usher struck early in the Prestwich reply having Jones caught in the gully for 6, but then Wharmby and pro Hey put on a match-winning stand of 124 to take the game away from Glossop. The late wicket of Hey, bowled by Coates, made no difference to the outcome, Prestwich passing the Glossop total with the loss of just 2 wickets off only 36 overs. In truth the Glossop performance reflected the cold conditions and did not show the qualities of the young capable team.
The 2nd XI also lost to Prestwich in a much closer game by 3 wickets, with youngster Matt Sonczak top-scoring in the Glossop innings.