Pennington plunders opposition

Glossop recorded two convincing wins over both Flowery Field and Thornham, as the season entered its penultimate weekend. As is so often the case, Glossop found themselves batting first; George Dyson falling early on without scoring. Dale Pennington and Oliver Kenyon began building a solid partnership which saw the former pass his half century, whilst Kenyon played nicely for his 41 before being run out. Lee Dale joined Pennington and hit a quick 31, but the spotlight was on Pennington who brought up an excellent century before eventually being dismissed for 117, Glossop ending their innings 244-9 thanks to some brief cameos from Matthew Sonczak and Cameron Ball.

Tim Rogers and Mark Usher bowled tight spells up front but failed to find a wicket, the only success being that of a run out in the fourth over. Williams and Castellas made steady progress and frustrated the Glossop attack, the visitors finding wickets hard to come by, although the Flowery Field scoring rate was never getting out of hand. Hargreaves eventually made the breakthrough in the 36th over, removing Castellas for a well made 70, whilst Williams was run out in the same over having just passed 50. With the score now 141-3, the remainder of the batting line up failed to cope with the ever increasing run rate as Hargreaves (3-48) and Kenyon (3-12) ensured Glossop won comfortably; the home side ending 178-8 and 66 short of their target.

Sunday saw Thornham make the journey to North Road as Glossop cruised to another straightforward victory. Having bowled out their opponents for 151 on a day which saw anyone and everyone bowling- including pro Lee Dale, who picked up his first two wickets- Glossop chased down the target inside 26 overs. Dale Pennington, who scored another 88 to add to his century the previous day, brought up his 1000th run of the season as his remarkable form continues, whilst Oliver Kenyon proved reliable once again hitting 42 as Glossop reached 152-3 with ease. The final game of the season, and in the history of the LCL, is next week at North Road with Glossop hosting league winners Prestwich in a mouth-watering clash with a 12:30pm start.

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