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Greenock's season ends with a washout

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

The overnight rain put paid to the 1st XI's final game of the season against Stirling County and so endeth what has been one of the club's most disappointing seasons in its long and illustrious history. There is no glossing over the fact that results have not been what the club's players and supporters would have wanted. The onus is now on the club's hierarchy to rebuild and ensure that its place in the top division is reclaimed.

As indicated earlier, the Glenpark XI were forced to concede their final fixture, away to Galloway 2nd XI.

Greenock play Stirling County in the last game of the season

Friday, September 17th, 2021

The 1st XI play their final game of the season on Saturday when they welcome Stirling County to Glenpark. There is no escaping the fact that this has been an extremely difficult season for Greenock and sympathy must be expressed to skipper Greg McDougall who has been faced nearly every week with having to husband reduced resources. This week is no different as again several experienced players are unavailable. The match will start at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI have had to concede a third successive game, a most disappointing end to their season. However, the number of withdrawals from the 1st XI, coupled with a number of conflicting events for some of the Glenpark XI regulars, have left the Club with no alternative but to concede the fixture at Gatehouse of Fleet against Galloway 2nd XI. There is no doubt that the extension of the season into the middle of September has been a contributing factor to the availability problems.

Greenock unable to stop Clydesdale's run to the title

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

Not unexpectedly, the 1st XI were unable to put a stop to Clydesdale's march to the Premier Division title. The Glasgow side batted first and while Greenock made early inroads into their batting, the sixth-wicket pairing of Kasim Farid and Mughal saw them to an imposing 248 for 9 in their 50 overs. Greenock never got going with their reply and were indebted to an unbeaten 35 from Sean Fischer-Keogh to reach 106. Sam Sanghera also had a strong game, taking 5 for 61 in Clydesdale's innings and being second top scorer with 16 in Greenock's knock. Peter Hempsey's weekly report provides more detail on the game.

The Glenpark XI were again unable to overcome multiple availability issues and were left with no option but to concede their fixture with Hamilton Crescent.

Sean Fischer-Keogh in Scotland Under-19 squad

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

The club is delighted with the news that Sean Fischer-Keogh has been included in the 14-strong Scotland Under-19 squad to play in the European qualifying tournament for the 2022 Under-19 World Cup. The squad play 3 matches against Ireland, Netherlands and Jersey with the top two teams meeting to decide which country will qualify for the finals. The games take place from 19 to 25 September at Desert Springs, near Almeria in Spain. Everyone at Glenpark wishes Sean all the very best for the tournament.

Greenock's destiny confirmed at Hamilton Crescent

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

The 1st XI's destiny for this season was confirmed when they failed to defeat West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent. The Glasgow side amassed 275 for 9 in their 50 overs and in reply Greenock's weakened batting line-up was dismissed for 81, leaving West victors by 194 runs and Greenock facing next season in the First Division. Peter Hempsey in his weekly report sums up the play in a game which encapsulated Greenock's dismal season.

The Glenpark XI were unable to overcome multiple availability issues and were forced to concede their fixture with Vale of Leven.

August Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

The August monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 28th August. The four lucky winners were Paddy Bryceland, Roger Hardie, Iain Scott and Ronnie Bell while the August Jackpot prize was won by Paddy's wife, Maria. Congratulations to them, and especially the Brycelands, on their wins.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 25th September 2021 for the usual prizes.

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 Brian Papworth using the details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

Match with Dumfries abandoned at the interval

Monday, August 30th, 2021

It may have been a warm and sunny day at Glenpark on Saturday, but the match with Dumfries failed to reach a conclusion. After Dumfries had made 231 for 8 in their 50 overs, one of the Greenock players was notified on his phone that he had tested positive for Covid-19. On hearing this, the umpires immediately abandoned the game, a result which did neither team any favours. Peter Hempsey's weekly report fills in the details on a game which started promisingly for Greenock but ended in more disappointment.

Jack Russell at Glenpark

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

An interested spectator at Glenpark on Saturday 14th August when Ferguslie played Greenock was ex-England wicketkeeper and now professional artist, Jack Russell. However, Jack was not there to watch the game but rather to work. He had been commissioned by Ken Godsman, ex-Greenock captain, to paint a picture of Glenpark. During the day he found time to converse with the many spectators, including the Ferguslie posse, who wanted to know more about his work. More details on his visit can be read in this article, which is published with the kind permission of the Greenock Telegraph.

Rain is the winner this Saturday

Saturday, August 21st, 2021

For the first time this season, the weather was the winner. Both the 1st XI and Glenpark XI games were called off without play starting due to the persistent rain. Oh well, it had to happen eventually but unfortunately it doesn't do the 1st XI any favours as they need to play and win if they are to harbour any notions of staying up. A cancelled game is almost as bad as a loss.

Greenock's batting collapses against Ferguslie

Saturday, August 14th, 2021

For the third week in a row, Greenock were dismissed without reaching three figures and as they were chasing Ferguslie's score of 240 for 9, this meant they went down to their Renfrewshire rivals by the massive amount of 191 runs. At one stage, they stood at 18 for 9 in their reply to Ferguslie's total and it took a last wicket stand of 31 between keeper Lukas Fischer-Keogh and skipper Greg McDougall to ensure that the total passed the Club's lowest competitive score of 21 way back in 1904. This comprehensive defeat does leave the team staring relegation from the Premier Division in the face. For those who can face it, Peter Hempsey's weekly report gives the full details of another disappointing performance.

Greenock's batting fails again at Langside

Saturday, August 7th, 2021

Greenock's batting failed again when they went down by 6 wickets to Langside to leave their place in the Premier Division hanging by a thread. Having been put into bat on a tricky pitch, they were bowled out in the 30th over for just 81 with Chirag Pander (20) and Chris Hempsey (18) the only batsmen to make it into double figures. Again, the Greenock attack fought hard to make up for the batting display but Langside were able to reach their target in 21 overs. The details of another disappointing day for Greenock can be found in Peter Hempsey's weekly report.

While the 1st XI game was played to a finish, only 6 overs were possible at Glenpark before heavy rain brought the Glenpark XI's game against Kirkstyle to a premature conclusion with the local team on 33 for 1 after 6 overs.

July Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Friday, August 6th, 2021

The July monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 31st July by ex-Greenock cricketer Willie Rowan from Prestwick. The four lucky winners were Agnes White, Bruce McKechnie, Tony Church and Brenda Connor. Congratulations to them on their wins.

Greenock brushed aside by Prestwick

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

A strong Prestwick side easily brushed aside Greenock's resistance on Saturday when the lack of depth in the home side was again on view. Greenock batted first but the top order was swept away and at 11 for 6 the team were in dire straits. But youngsters Ewan Stewart (19*) and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (13) steadied the ship with a 7th wicket stand of 32 and eventually a total of 64 was eked out by the 36th over. When Prestwick batted, Greenock fought back and took four quick wickets, all to Gregor Chambers for just 22 runs. But the experienced pair of Macdonald and Chaudhary stopped the rot to gain a 6-wicket victory and leave Greenock rooted to the foot of the table. Peter Hempsey's weekly report provides the details of what was unfortunately another disappointing day for Greenock.

Greenock no match for Uddingston

Sunday, July 25th, 2021

As feared, an under-strength 1st XI were no match for Uddingston on Saturday. The Lanarkshire team won the toss and after they lost an early wicket, a partnership of 248 between Awais (164) and Singh (106) took the game away from Greenock. The innings closed at 369 for 6 and Greenock found this improbable target far too much for them. A second-wicket stand between Harry Briggs (32) and Gregor Chambers (31) gave some promise but the usual mid-order collapse followed and only a late fightback from Greg McDougall (22) and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (12) enabled Greenock to reach 141 for 9 at the close. Peter Hempsey's weekly report fills in the details on what was a tough day for Greenock.

It was a case of deja vu for the Glenpark XI when again a reasonable show from the batting was followed by a lacklustre display in the field. Glenpark reached 203 for 8 with Peter Hempsey top-scoring with 38 and Mr Extras weighing in with a mighty 73 but Marress overtook that total with 12 overs to spare for the loss of just 3 wickets.

Another winless Saturday for Greenock

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

The 1st XI came up short again this week when they went down to Stirling County by 61 runs. Stirling batted first, compiling a challenging score of 240 for 5 in their 50 overs. Greenock's cause was not helped by Sam Sanghera breaking down after bowling just 4 balls. In reply, Greenock lost wickets quickly until Neil Flack and Sean Fischer-Keogh got together. Flack continued his good form with 67 and Fischer-Keogh underlined his all-round credentials with 41 to go with his 3 for 47 in Stirling's innings. Greenock eventually reached a respectable 179 but this was still well short of Stirling's tally. Peter Hempsey's weekly report gives all the details.

The Glenpark XI had a repeat of the previous Saturday. Batting first, they compiled a reasonable total of 183 for 7, with our correspondent, Peter Hempsey, scoring 56. But like last week, their attack was no match for the opposition batsmen, who reached 184 for 3 in just over 28 overs.

League leaders too strong for Greenock

Sunday, July 11th, 2021

The 1st XI found league leaders Clydesdale too strong for them on Saturday. Batting first, the Glasgow side reached an imposing 270 for 5 in 47 overs, a score that was adjusted upwards by DLS to 289 due to a short rain interruption to the innings. Ex-Greenock star Richie Berrington top-scored with 107 while Gregor Chambers took 3 for 47. In reply, Greenock never really threatened that score but Harry Briggs scored a fine 68 as the home team finished on 168 for 9, a total that had looked out of reach at one point when six wickets were down with just 43 runs on the board. Ewan Stewart, Sam Sanghera and Greg McDougall all gave Briggs good support as the tail wagged bravely. Peter Hempsey fills in the details in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI fared no better, an inexperienced attack being unable to contain Inverclyde's batting. Glenpark scored 172 for 8 in their 40 overs, with Cammy Calder hitting 61 and Eddie Ahmad 29, but could only capture 3 wickets as Inverclyde reached their target in the 32nd over.

Greenock break league duck with exciting win over West

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

The 1st XI broke their league duck with an exciting last-over win against West of Scotland on Saturday. The Glasgow side scored a respectable 186 for 9 batting first, a total which was adjusted by the DLS system to 178 in 45 overs after rain interrupted Greenock's reply. Neil Flack maintained his strong run of form with 50 and Harry Briggs was there at the end to hit the winning boundary off the 5th ball of the final over of the game. Peter Hempsey's weekly report has all the details of an absorbing game which will bring much confidence to the Greenock camp.

The DLS system did not work so well for the Glenpark XI as their game was also affected by rain. Two delays meant that their score of 170 for 5 in 32 overs was adjusted to 173 in 30 overs, Jayaraj Janampally scoring 55 and Eddie Ahmad 46. Despite the rain returning in the 21st over of Ardencaple's reply, play continued and the home side reached 174 for 4 in the 28th over to record the victory.

Greenock lose to Dumfries to keep losing run going

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

The 1st XI remain anchored at the foot of the table after going down to Dumfries by 51 runs. Opting to ask Dumfries to bat first after winning the toss, Greenock found it difficult to restrain the home batsmen, despite 3-wicket hauls from Gregor Chambers and Sam Sanghera, and found themselves facing a total of 228 at the end of the 50 overs. After a steady start from Shailesh Prabhu and Jamie Nowell, wickets began to fall and but for a fine 7th wicket stand by Sanghera and Sean Fischer-Keogh, who both scored 32, would have finished well adrift of their target. As it was they were 51 runs short when the last wicket fell. Peter Hempsey provides the details on the game in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI on the other hand had a well-fought win over Bees at Glenpark, winning by 16 runs in a high-scoring encounter. Batting first, Glenpark were indebted to young Cammy Calder, his 78 taking them to 202 for 9 in their 40 overs. In reply, Bees fought hard but came up just short as Glenpark claimed their second win of the season, the veteran Dave Sharma taking the bowling honours with 4 for 32. Mr Extras had a fine game, making 47 in Glenpark's innings and 54 in Bees' reply. He also made 52 in Greenock's innings at Dumfries to make it a day to remember, or maybe forget.

John Kirk - funeral details update with streaming link

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Club members are struggling to come to terms with the terribly sad news that reached them that John Kirk had suddenly passed away. Kirky was truly a larger than life character who will be sadly missed by all his friends at Glenpark. He was a committed supporter of the Club and especially of the cricket teams whose fortunes he followed with passion. Glenpark will quite simply be a lesser place without his presence. We send our sincere condolences to his partner Cathy, brother Tom and all his family and friends. RIP Kirky.

John's funeral will be held on Thursday 24th June at 2pm at Greenock Crematorium. It will be a private service but this is the link for the live stream. There will be a facility for anyone viewing to add anything that they wish to share. The cortege will leave John's house at 13.40pm and will drive past the Club at that time when members and friends can pay their last respects.

Greenock remain winless after loss to Poloc

Monday, June 21st, 2021

The 1st XI are now rooted to the foot of the Premier Division after their disappointing loss to Poloc at Shawholm on Saturday. A total of 113 was never going to be enough to defend and despite tight bowling from Chambers, Flack and Fischer-Keogh, Poloc passed the Greenock score for the loss of just 4 wickets. Greenock's total was especially disappointing when it is considered that they were 71 for 1 at one stage but the fall of Harry Briggs for 18 at that score, followed one run later by Neil Flack's dismissal for a fine 43, led to a rush of wickets. Our intrepid reporter, Peter Hempsey, was playing in the game and provides a player's viewpoint of the game in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI were unable to build on last week's win over Inverclyde when they went down by 7 wickets to Glasgow South at Glenpark. They posted a reasonable total of 165 for 8 in their 40 overs, with the evergreen Peter Robertson hitting 49 and Jayaraj Janampally 44 but their bowlers were unable to contain the opposition batsmen who knocked off the runs with relative ease in just 27 overs.

Greenock fall to Paisley clubs in Cup matches

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

The 1st XI were knocked out of the two midweek cup competitions over two nights by the Paisley clubs. On Wednesday, Kelburne won the McCulloch Cup tie by 26 runs, despite Neil Flack's 70 while on the following evening, Ferguslie were too strong in the Rowan Cup, winning by 47 runs.

Greenock fail to trouble Ferguslie

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

The 1st XI were unable to fend off a strong Ferguslie outfit on Saturday at Meikleriggs and fell to a second league defeat. Batting first, they could only make 79 off 34 overs with Neil Flack top-scoring with 23 and Jayaraj Janampally the only other batsman in double figures with an unbeaten 11. Five of the Greenock batsmen were dismissed LBW which maybe tells a story. In reply, Ferguslie knocked off the runs for the loss of 4 wickets, Sean Fischer-Keogh taking 2 for 13 in 7 overs. Peter Hempsey may have been productively busy on Saturday (see below) but still found the time to pen his weekly report on the game.

The Glenpark XI registered their first win of the season when they defeated local rivals Inverclyde by 11 runs in a high-scoring encounter at Glenpark. Peter Hempsey with 49 and Sudeep Chaudhary 45 were the top scorers in Glenpark's 196 for 6 while teenager Usman Mansoor with 3 for 46 and Ewan Stewart with 2 for 21 in 10 overs were their most successful bowlers as Inverclyde responded with 185 for 7.

Greenock advance in Rowan Cup

Friday, June 11th, 2021

The 1st XI advanced to a quarter-final tie with Ferguslie in the Rowan Cup after a reasonably comfortable win by 16 runs over Helensburgh. Gregor Chambers enjoyed a fine match against his old club, hitting a fine unbeaten 65 as Greenock made a somewhat under-par total of 108 for 6 in their 20 overs. Helensburgh made a spirited reply but their chase was halted by two fine catches by Chris Hempsey and Neil Flack and they never recovered from these dismissals. All six bowlers used claimed at least one wicket each.

Disappointing start to the competitive season

Monday, June 7th, 2021

The 1st XI got on the field at last at the weekend but were beaten in both games that they played. In the league, they went down by 81 runs to newcomers, Langside. The Glasgow team scored 233 in their innings and despite Neil Flack carrying his bat for 87 in the Greenock innings, the locals did not come close to overtaking that total. Peter Hempsey has emerged from lockdown to produce his weekly report with all the details on the match.

A weakened team travelled through to Carlton on Sunday for the first round Scottish Cup tie. Batting first, Greenock compiled a creditable 197 for 7 against their strong opponents, with Neil Flack again amongst the runs with 55 and Gregor Chambers and Harry Briggs both scoring over 30. Carlton were reduced to 28 for 4 at one stage in their innings but a whirlwind 5th wicket partnership of 162 by Shah and MacPherson brought them victory by 4 wickets.

The Glenpark XI also failed to win their first game, going down to a heavy 9 wicket defeat at the hands of GHK Strathclyde.

WDCU Cup competitions redrawn

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

The WDCU have redrawn the various midweek cup competitions as a result of the late start to the season.

The McCulloch Cup becomes a straight knock-out competition and Greenock will play Kelburne at Whitehaugh on Wednesday 16th June and the same applies to the Western Cup with the Glenpark XI now meeting Meikleriggs on Tuesday 15th June. In the Rowan Cup, Greenock will still play Helensburgh in the first round but on Thursday 10th June.

League and Cup cricket resumes

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

With Glasgow City dropping down to Level 2 restrictions, this is the signal for league and cup cricket to resume in the west of Scotland. Greenock's first league game will be against Langside (previously known as Weirs) on Saturday 5th June, followed by the Scottish Cup tie at Carlton on the next day. The Glenpark XI will take on GHK Strathclyde on the Saturday in an away fixture.

Details are awaited on how the various midweek cup competitions will be re-organised.

Index of history articles

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

In 2020, when no cricket was played due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a number of articles relating to the history of the Club were published on the website. These can be read via this link.

WDCU season delayed and also the Scottish Cup

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

With Glasgow City remaining in Level 3 and travel into and out of that area not permitted, the WDCU have decided that all cup-ties scheduled for the week beginning 17th May will be postponed. The League fixtures scheduled for 22nd May have been declared null and void and will not be rearranged. Should Glasgow be moved down to Level 2 for the following week, then the fixture list will resume from that point.

In addition, the first round Scottish Cup tie away at Carlton on Sunday 23rd May has been postponed as Greenock have a number of players in their team who live in Glasgow and who are not allowed to travel outside their area. A new date for the tie has still to be agreed.

The Junior season in the west of Scotland is currently still allowed to proceed.

Bill McKaig

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

It is with great sadness that members have learnt of the passing on Sunday of Bill McKaig. Bill was a great supporter of cricket in general, but especially of Greenock and was known and respected throughout Scottish cricket for his perceptive comments. He was always great company, with a wealth of stories, and will be sadly missed by many. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.

Junior coaching resumes on Wednesday 21st April

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

With the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, junior coaching restarts at Glenpark on Wednesday 21st April. The sessions will start at 6pm and last until 7.30pm with all equipment supplied by the Club and are open to boys and girls, aged from 7 to 14 years old.

More details can be found by clicking the link below.

Western Union League and Cup fixtures released

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

The WDCU have released the schedule for the 2021 League and Cup season and the fixtures can be found from the link on the right-hand side of the screen.

The league season will commence on 22nd May and run through to 18th September, provided the easing of the Covid restrictions proceeds as planned. This year the Glenpark XI will play in a 14-team Third Division, playing 15 games in total.

Greenock handed tough Scottish Cup draw

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

As the club awaits news on how the easing of Covid restrictions will work out for the 2021 season, news comes that in the Scottish Cup they have been drawn away to strong Edinburgh outfit, Carlton. The tie will hopefully be played on Sunday 23rd May.

Isabel Clark

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Members will be saddened to learn of the passing on 25th January of Isabel Clark, wife of the Club's Honorary Vice-President, Jack Clark, after a long illness.

Our sincere condolences go to Jack, his sons, John and David, and all his family and friends in their sad loss.

Sean Fischer-Keogh recognised in Inverclyde Sports Awards

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Congratulations to Sean Fischer-Keogh on being chosen as Young Sports Personality of the Year in the annual Inverclyde Sports awards. This award was richly deserved after Sean's impressive performances at the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa at the start of the year and hopefully brings him some joy after his summer, like those of all the other Greenock cricketers, was wrecked by the pandemic.

Peter Smith

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

The Club is saddened to learn of the sudden death on 22nd September of Peter Smith, an outstanding wicket-keeper in the history of the Club.

Peter first played for the 1st XI in 1949 when he was still at school at Merchiston College but his career in the team really started in 1953, although in that year and for the next three years his appearances were restricted to the second half of the season as he was studying at Cambridge University. He continued to play for the 1st XI up to and including 1973 and during that time he claimed 383 victims in 393 matches, with 277 catches and 122 stumpings. The high number of stumpings reflect his penchant for standing up to the stumps as often as possible. He was predominately a lower-order batsman but during his career he batted at all positions in the order and scored 1930 runs in that time. He could be a difficult man to dislodge and many of his runs were scored at crucial times in the game.

Jack Clark remembers him as a man of sobriety and clean living amidst a bunch of rabble rousers. Everyone got on well with Peter and he contributed wholeheartedly to every team that he played for.

After ceasing to play, he moved to Ayr for work but remained a member of the Club. Our sincere condolences go to his widow, May, and his family.

Allan MacFeate

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Members of the Club will be saddened to hear of the death earlier today of Allan MacFeate. Allan was a long-standing member of the Club and he gave great support to it. He will be sadly missed by all his friends at Glenpark. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go to Catherine, Derek and family for their loss.

Inverclyde Community Fund award grant to Club

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

The Club have been successful in applying to the Inverclyde Community Fund for financial assistance to assist with an extension to the Junior Coaching programme. Given the loss of playing and training opportunities this season, player retention and maintaining enthusiasm is critical to the Section. After a consultation exercise with junior coaches, parents and junior members is completed, the Club will be offering a winter training programme which will take place on selected evenings and weekends.

This is an addition to the recognised training programme and will complement the existing Club activities and school activity which will also continue.

The Club wish to thank the Trustees of Inverclyde Community Fund for their generous award of £500 at this challenging time.

Club records now updated back to 1931

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

The Club records have been updated again, this time to cover the years from 1931 to 1937. Each year that has been added to the archives has a summary of all games played by the 1st XI together with full averages, selected scorecards and a short review of the season. The cumulative records of the Club have also similarly been updated.

This new update covers the years when the Club's professional was Reg Hollingdale, from Sussex, who can reasonably be claimed to be one of the best professionals employed by the Club. During this time, the Club won the Western Union title on two occasions while there were any number of memorable games, not least the time when Jack Hobbs played at Glenpark in June 1935. 1937, though it did not result in title or cup success, was a year when there were some outstanding personal performances, such as John Kerr hitting two centuries in four days at the age of 52.

As with previous updates, there a number of caveats that need to be kept in mind and these are detailed in this brief article.

Work will now start on the next update which is likely to cover the years from 1925 to 1930.

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