Clifton: 158/7 [50.0]
Glossop: 155/9 [50.0]
Glossop were left to rue missed chances as they slipped to an agonising defeat against Clifton.
Despite the best efforts of Chris Tipper, who hit his maiden half-century for Glossop in just his second game, the home side fell three runs short having been in a commanding position.
Having elected to howl first, Mark Usher and Chris Tipper got Glossop off to the best possible start. With just one on the board, they had removed Will Davidson and Adam Holt respectively, which brought the experienced Gareth Cross to the crease.
Cross displayed his expertise brilliantly, carefully negotiating Clifton out of a difficult position and taking control, helping young Sam Dorsey along at the other end.
He passed an accomplished half-century before being dismissed off the bowling of Oliver Kenyon to leave the visitors 92-3, of which Cross had 68.
Dorsey had looked solid in defence but rarely threatened in attack, Will Hargreaves eventually getting him caught a few overs later for a determined 24.
The Clifton middle order faltered late on and only managed to take 50 from the final 15 overs.
Glossop had Kenyon to thank for a wonderful spell of death bowling which saw him pick up three more important wickets, ending his spell with 4-36 and restricting the visitors to 158-7.
The home side raced out of the blocks quickly in reply and Clifton heads looked to be going down early on, knowing they were below par on the North Road surface.
With Pennington and Kenyon on the attack Glossop were certainly in the driving seat, but when the pair ended up at the same end after a mix-up Kenyon (15) had to make his way back to the pavilion.
Crucially for Clifton, Pennington (18) followed just a matter of minutes later when he was caught off Jennings, changing the whole complexion of the game.
Lee Dale and Chris Tipper looked to rebuild both starting from scratch, but the former played a rather atypical innings which saw him dismissed in soft fashion for just 9, Glossop 61-3 at halfway.
Tipper was joined by Joe Moss, though, and both looked comfortable at the crease as they attempted to steer Glossop home towards the target.
Tipper reached a classy half-century, and along with Moss, added 75 for the fourth wicket.
Gareth Cross removed Tipper, though, at the vital moment for the home side. With just 20 needed from 5 overs and two set batsmen, the ex-Bamford man was on his way for 55.
Unfortunately, Moss (25) joined him only four balls later when he was bowled by McCann, and Glossop’s task became infinitely more difficult having been in a position that they should have won from comfortably.
Despite the best efforts of the lower order, Gareth Cross’ experience proved the difference as he dismissed Turner, Eyre and Hunt in the final few overs, in addition to the run out of Jak Megram.
Will Hargreaves was stranded on 7* and Glossop were left bitterly disappointed, just three runs short, having thrown away a seemingly certain victory.
Next week sees the 1XI’s first away trip of the season as they travel to old LCL rivals, Denton West, where they know a win is vital to get their season off and running.