SUB professional Andries Gous scored a stunning unbeaten century to get Prestwich Cricket Club's pursuit of the Greater Manchester Cricket League Premier Division title off to the perfect start.

Gous hit 105 off 85 balls, including seven fours and four sixes, as Prestwich racked up on 187-4 in just under 35 overs after hosts Glossop were restricted to 184-7.

Prestwich skipper Andy Bradley was left speechless by the South African's performance.

"It was just incredible, his innings was pure class, one of the best I have ever seen," he said.

"Everything he tried to hit he hit out of the middle of the bat. It was an absolutely class display."

Prestwich had earlier produced a disciplined if unspectacular start to the GMCL Premier campaign with the ball.

Glossop opener Dale Pennington made 41 from 86 balls, while professional Luke Dale stuck around to hit 83 from 117, opening up near the end of their innings after the home side had been stymied for the majority of their innings.

Ryan Stanbury and Nathan Bailey both took two wickets, Bradley, Sam Holden and Will Reeve weighed in with one apiece.

"We were happy to keep them down to 180 as it always felt like there were more runs in the pitch, but I never expected our response to be quite so explosive," Bradley added.

After opener James Wharmby was out cheaply, Stanbury was joined at the crease by Gous and the pair let loose.

Stanbury made a quickfire 23 from 14 balls and was unlucky to be run out, the bowler getting a fingertip to a Gous shot and redirecting it on to the Prestwich batsman's stumps after he had left his crease expecting a run.

Sam Holden and Mike Hudson picked up the baton, playing support roles to Gous's free hitting as Prestwich cantered past their target.

"I could not believe the start we had to our innings," Bradley added.

"After 10 overs we were 90-odd and absolutely motoring.

"It was a shame for Ryan to be out like that and the scoring slowed a little after he left the crease. In the end, we were not able to pick up the bonus point but it was a decent start to the campaign."

Prestwich built on their opening-day win with a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Bolton League side Tonge on Sunday in the first round of the National Knockout.

Gous, who is the regular pro of Lancashire League side East Lancashire, will make way next week for fellow South African Gihahn Cloete, Prestwich's full-time pro who was unable to hook up with the team in time for the first game of the season.

Cloete is expected to open the batting for Prestwich in their first home match of the season against Flixton, one of the title favourites.