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Saturday morning update

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Quelle surprise! The 1st XI game against Ferguslie has been called off - Glenpark is just too wet.

Greenock meet Ferguslie in crucial fixture

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The 1st XI meet Ferguslie at Glenpark on Saturday in the penultimate league fixture of the season, a match which is crucial for both team's ambitions. Ferguslie are challenging strongly for the league title, while Greenock are looking simply to stay in the top division of west cricket. In past years Glenpark has been a difficult ground for visiting teams but that has not been the case this year. It will be essential for Greenock that they put this behind them and remind themselves that they always play better against the top teams in the league. The match will start at 12 noon.

Congratulations are due to Louis Ware whose 56 for Scotland Under-17s in midweek was a key performance in the win over Ireland at Cork. A repeat of that on Saturday would do nicely.

The Glenpark XI are at away to Torrance House (east Kilbride) in the WDCU First Reserve League with the match starting at 12 noon. After last Saturday's win over Marress, the young side will travel with more confidence for this fixture.

This Sunday the Hillend XI have an away Sunday League fixture at Dumfries, the match starting at 1pm.

The junior section have no games on Friday but on Monday evening, the Greenock and Helensburgh Under-18s are at home to Poloc while the Under-13 XI play West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent. These games are all scheduled to start at 6.15pm.

Gags on the Green returns

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Yes, folks, it's Marquee Weekend time again - from 1st to 3rd September. The ever popular Gig on the Green is back again on the Sunday, there will be a Club Dinner in the Marquee on the Saturday to honour the services of Roger Hardie to the Club over so many years - spaces are still available for this - and on the Friday, the second instalment of Gags on the Green will be held.

The first Gags on the Green proved to be a popular addition to the Marquee weekend so much so that it has been decided that a second go is required. Details on the comedians who will be appearing together with information on how to get hold of tickets for what is likely to be a sell-out event can be found here.

Greenock battle hard but come up short against Prestwick

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Greenock battled hard against league leaders Prestwick on Saturday but in the end came up short against a side who showed just why they are top of the league. Prestwick batted first and compiled 242 in their 50 overs with Greenock, who were without the injured Julian Hulbert, doing well to keep their opponents to below 250. After a sound start, wickets fell steadily and at one point Greenock were 85 for 6 but skipper Jonathan Hempsey (56) and Louis Ware (39) fought back and in the end Greenock came up 49 runs short. With East Kilbride's game against Poloc falling foul of the weather, Greenock stay in third bottom place in the league with 2 games to go. Squeaky bum time as Sir Alex said.

Peter Hempsey has pieced together a full report on a game that showed yet again that Greenock perform better against the teams at the top of the table.

The Glenpark XI gained a good but close win over Marress (Irvine's 2nd XI) at Glenpark on Saturday. Marress scored 183 all out with young Cammy Calder taking 3 for 36 from 10 overs. In reply, Glenpark were 187 for 8 with Ewan Stewart unbeaten on 50 and Sudeep Chaudhary 28 the leading batsmen.

History records updated

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

A further update to the history section of this site has been completed with statistics for the years from 1954 to 1971 now available. Results, averages and a selection of scorecards for these years can be found via this link.

A new addition to the history section is a brief review of each year covered in this update in an attempt to give some context to the statistics and these reviews can be found at the same link.

A background article has been written which details some of the assumptions and conventions that have been adopted for these years, with a view to keeping the details in line with those used in TC Riddell's iconic book, and the supplements to that book, which provided potted scores and averages for the years from 1885 to 1959. The ultimate aim is for the website to cover all of these years to the same depth as for this latest update. This article can be read here.

The next step will be to cover the years 1938 to 1953 which were the years covered in the first supplement to TC Riddell's original book. All being well, this update will be published in the spring of 2018.

Greenock bow out of West League Cup

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The West League Cup semi-final with Poloc was decided at the fourth time of asking but unfortunately it brought no joy for Greenock as they were defeated by 8 wickets. Jonathan Hempsey won the toss and elected to bat. After a reasonable start, wickets began to fall at regular intervals and at the end of their twentieth over, Greenock's score was 86 for 7, with Kyle Scrimegour top-scoring with 21. Poloc's reply began rapidly and at the halfway point of their innings they were on 61 for 2. The end came in the 16th over with Poloc losing no more wickets.

Greenock swept aside by Dumfries

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Greenock suffered what may be a grievous blow to their hopes of staying in the Premier Division when Dumfries defeated them by 6 wickets at Glenpark. Dumfries won the toss and made the best of a very slow wicket, bowling out Greenock for just 61. Harry Briggs was the only batsman who made it into double figures, scoring 19. Greenock's bowlers did make some inroads into Dumfries' top order but they couldn't stop the visitors from reaching 62 for 4 for victory. Three games to go now for Greenock to save their league status.

Peter Hempsey's weekly report provides further details on what was a disappointing day for the team.

The Glenpark XI finally got back on the park after three weeks of inaction and a young side came very close to defeating the league leaders, Deanpark. Glenpark were dismissed for 115 with Sudeep Chaudhary top-scoring with 27 but they tore into Deanpark in the second half of the game, reducing them to 36 for 7. But they just couldn't find another wicket and Deanpark ended on 119 for 7. Sean Fischer-Keogh with 3 for 18 and Jamie Nowell with 3 for 24 were the early wicket-takers for Glenpark.

The Hillend XI's fixture with the Uddingston Development XI on Sunday was called off as Uddingston could not raise a team, although if they had, then the rain would have won the day!

July Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

The June monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 29th July by Moira McInnes and the four lucky winners were Kevin Flack, Graeme Sanders, Monika Fischer-Keogh and Marianne Stetz.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 26th August for the usual prizes. The Autumn jackpot prize will be drawn on Saturday 2nd September at the Club Dinner in the marquee.

We are always looking for new members to join the draw, the receipts from which are used to improve the facilities of the Club for all members. If you wish to join, please contact either Peter Hempsey or Brian Papworth at the contact details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

Greenock come so close to beating Ayr

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Greenock came up just short against Ayr at New Cambusdoon in yet another game that was badly affected by the weather. Ayr batted first and scored 237 for 9 in their 50 overs, with Greg McDougall the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 59. Greenock's reply got off to a stuttering start but after the first weather interruption, Harry Briggs (50) and Neil Flack (49) took the fight to the home side. A second rain interruption proved to be terminal with Greenock on 165 for 6 and the DLS calculation showed that this total was 6 runs short of the par score.

Peter Hempsey watched the game and has produced a detailed report on the day's proceedings.

For the third week in a row the Glenpark XI's game was cancelled due to the weather.

Lawrence Proverbs - updated

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Word has just reached the Club that Lawrence Proverbs, a past captain of the Club, has passed away in Barbados. In fact, it has been confirmed that he actually died on 1st May 2016, aged 96 but an email has only just been sent to the Club's President, David Glancy, to inform him of this fact.

Lawrence first played for the Club's 1st XI in 1952, finishing his career in 1969, although he did not play in every year between these dates. He was captain in 1963 when a young team finished second in the Western Union, its highest position since the league was won in 1952. A fine stroke-player who was always keen to attack the bowling via quick feet movement, Lawrence was an enthusiast of the game and was always looking to employ imaginative tactics.

He also devoted countless hours to coaching the young players of the Club and many of those who started their careers in the 1960s and early 70s in particular owe him a great debt. Indeed Charlie Stewart remembers that when he captained the 1st XI to Union success in 1979, he stated on being handed the trophy that 9 of the team had been taught the game by Lawrence. That is a wonderful legacy by which to be remembered.

Greenock suffer disappointing weekend

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Greenock slumped to a most disappointing loss to Kelburne on Saturday, their opponents winning their first league game of the season. Greenock batted first, having been inserted, and were dismissed for just 59 in 31.5 overs, with only Shailesh Prabhu with 16 reaching double figures. In reply, Kelburne were 30 for 6 at one point but Omar Hussain saw Kelburne through to victory without further loss. Kyle Scrimegour was Greenock's best bowler, taking 4 for 14.

Our anonymous reporter has been pensioned off with the return of Peter Hempsey who has put together his report on a game that Greenock will want to forget about quickly.

Sunday's Western Union 40 Cup quarter-final tie with Poloc resulted in the Glasgow side winning by just 8 runs, 168 to 160, with Kyle Scrimegour's 61 just not enough to see Greenock to victory. Peter has produced a brief report on what was a better performance by Greenock.

The Glenpark XI's game with The Tryst on Saturday was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Weekend review

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Sadly no cricket on Saturday as both 1st XI and Glenpark XI games were early casualties of the persistent rain. Better luck this coming weekend.

At least, Scotland Under-15 were able to play their game with Durham Under-15 on Sunday as the weather was immeasurably better. Scotland ran out winners in a high-scoring game.

June Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The June monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 24th June by Stuart Clark and the four lucky winners were Neill Cook, David Terrey, Nick Hutchinson and Peter Allwood.

Hard work pays off

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

A number of spirited volunteers helped to tidy up the area around the all-weather practice nets. To read more about what was involved, including a photograph of the end result, check out this link.

Ron Irvine

Friday, May 5th, 2017

It is with great sadness that the Club has learned of the sudden death on Thursday 4th May of Ron Irvine.

Big Ron, as he was known to everyone, was a larger than life character who played for the 1st XI during the period from 1955 to 1974, captaining the team in 1967 and 1968. During his 1st XI career, he scored 1736 as a hard-hitting lower-order batsman, and captured 203 wickets, bowling at a fast-medium pace from quite a height. In recent years, he had taken up umpiring and enjoyed several years on duty round the grounds of the west of Scotland before ill-health forced him to give this up.

Members who were at the Club last weekend will be shocked to hear of Ron's passing as he had attended the ex-President's and ex-Captain's function on that day and was in great form throughout.

We send our deepest condolences to his widow, Doris, and the rest of his family.

Junior coaching gets underway

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Cricketing fun for boys and girls got under way this Wednesday evening when the summer programme of Junior cricket training began at Glenpark.

Boys and girls from 8 years of age up to 18 years of age are welcome to come along, and coaching and playing opportunities will be available for appropriate age groups throughout the months from April through until the end of August.

The Club provides all necessary equipment and family members are encouraged to come along and enjoy the facilities at Glenpark while watching their youngsters enjoy their cricket activities. Coaching staff are all trained and have Disclosure Scotland clearance. The club's two young overseas players from Australia, Kyle Scrimegour and Julian Hulbert, will also be part of the coaching team.

Weekly cricket coaching activities take place on Wednesday evenings from 6pm until 7.30pm. Membership for juniors for the full season is just £5, irrespective of age and match playing opportunities against other club sides in the west of Scotland will be available at Under-10, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 age groups.

All Stars Cricket comes to Glenpark

Friday, March 31st, 2017

All Stars Cricket is the exciting new programme that has been launched by the ECB and Cricket Scotland to get boys and girls, aged from 5 to 8 years old, interested in cricket. Greenock have signed up for the programme and will be running it on Tuesday afternoons for 8 weeks, starting on 23rd May.

Clicking on this link will take you to a full description of what All Stars Cricket is all about and importantly it tells you how to register to take part in it. It must be stressed that unless a child is registered, he or she cannot take part in the programme.

We would urge anyone reading this to pass this information on to anyone they know, be it friends, relations, neighbours, colleagues, etc, who have children aged between 5 and 8.

Glenpark youngsters in district training squads

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The Western Warriers have annnounced squads at Under-15 and Under-18 levels to take part in further training prior to the summer's competitive cricket. Tom Forrest and Jamie Nowell are included in the Under-15 squad and Harry Briggs and Louis Ware in the Under-18 squad. We offer our congratulations to all four boys and wish them well in their quest for places in the match-day squads.

Abigail Calder continues to develop her game with the Scotland Wildcats Under-17 squad and her success together with that of the boys above should encourage all our young cricketers to work at improving their games in order that they too can progress into the representative teams.

Alistair Stewart

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Club has recently learnt of the death of Alistair Stewart, an ex-Secretary of the Club and captain of Clutha Hockey Club when it played at Glenpark. AJ, as he was known, was an integral part of the one of the strongest teams in Clutha's history, before leaving to work with the European Commission in Brussels.

Our condolences go to his family in their sad loss.

John Simpson

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

The Club is saddened to hear that John Simpson, a past Captain of the Club, has recently passed away at the age of 94.

Johnny, as he was known to everyone in the cricketing fraternity, was a fine left-arm slow bowler and useful lower-order batsman. He first played for the 1st XI in 1947 and was an influential member of the team that won the Western Union title in 1952. He captained the team in the 1954 and 1955 seasons, winning the Rowan Cup in his first season and narrowly missing out on the Union title in the same year. He ended his playing career for the 1st XI in 1961 and his tally of 341 career wickets places him in 13th position amongst Greenock wicket-takers.

We send our condolences to his family.

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