Pennington & Dale see off Flowery

Flowery Field were the latest visitors to North Road as the 1XI looked to continue building momentum with the halfway point in the season fast approaching. Typically, the wicket was as flat and as hard as you’re likely to see all year, and Flowery wasted no time in electing to bat upon winning the toss. Having reached 109-0 at halfway on a pitch that was made to favour the batsmen, and with only Will Hargreaves (1-59) and Oliver Kenyon (1-56) picking up wickets,  finishing on 210-2 was a sub-par total for the away side, despite a well made century for Harry Gee who batted through.

In the Glossop chase, the deadly opening duo of Dale Pennington and Lee Dale made light work of the Flowery Field bowling attack as they brought up the 100 partnership in just the 11th over. The latter continued to smash the bowling to all parts as Lee brought up a brutal century in only the 18th over of the innings and the game was all over soon after in the 23rd with both openers unbeaten, Pennington 67* and Dale 121*, in a simple run chase and a useful 4 points.

The 2XI very much owed their victory in the reverse fixture to keeper Jak Megram. Glossop had restricted Flowery Field to 137-9 on a pitch full of demons in the first half with spin the key as David Wilde and Daniel Senior picked up 3 wickets each. In reply, Glossop started promisingly and positively but lost a cluster of wickets; the game very much in the balance with the visitors 65-4 at halfway. Megram (39*) entered and steadied the innings whilst keeping the scoreboard moving towards the target, and saw Glossop home by 4 wickets with 10 overs to spare.


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