Glossop CC: 224/6
Glossop CC 1st XI went to Stretford last Saturday looking to extend their improved form to a third consecutive league win. Heavy rain threatened the start of the match and a 44 over game started at 1.35 pm. Glossop won the toss and chose to bat first. Glossop’s first runs were a six from pro Lee Dale who fell shortly afterwards for 14. Dale Pennington was joined by Steve Bates and together they put on 121 for the second wicket, a welcome return to form for Bates with his 45. Wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter in the search for quick runs, but Pennington carried on his excellent innings reaching both 50 and 100 with sixes. Only young spinner Ahmed Mohammad could contain the Glossop momentum with his 4-39. By the end of the 44 overs Glossop had reached 224-6, with Pennington unbeaten on 142 from 143 balls with 5 sixes and 15 fours.
The steady Stretford reply was led by opener Chris Lake with 53 and they were not out of the game at 110-3 after 30 overs, but their middle order collapsed, losing 5 wickets for just 9 runs, thanks to the bowling of Kenyon ( 5-38) and Hargreaves ( 3-32). Three of the wickets were catches by Pennington at deep mid-off as Stretford tried to make the runs to earn a point. Their last pair survived the last 3 overs as Glossop went after maximum points but had to settle for four and a third win in a row, taking them close to the leaders in the LCL first division.
Meanwhile Glossop 2nds also took 4 points from a 9 wicket win at North Road in a 37 over game v Stretford 2nds, thanks mainly to a century opening stand by David Wilde and young Will Coates, his second half-century in the last two weeks. The win took them into the top four in their league.
The 3rd XI game on Sunday was washed out by the rain which had been threatening all weekend, although the U13s managed to beat the rain and DSL in the morning.
Next weekend sees Thornham 1sts at North Road on Saturday and the first round of the Walkden and Hulme cups on Sunday, the 1st XI away to Denton, the 2nds at home to Denton 2nds in their attempt to retain the Hulme trophy.