Another Blank weekend for the senior elevens
For the second successive weekend, all senior matches have been cancelled thanks to the heavy rain that has fallen overnight and during the day. Hard to stomach after such a beautiful Friday. Strenuous efforts were made at Glenpark to overcome the elements but ultimately they were to no avail. Sunday's game for the Hillend XI at St Michael's is already off as the ground there has been completely flooded. Cricket in Scotland has always had to battle the weather but never as much as in the past couple of years.
One glimmer of light was that the two junior matches went ahead on Friday. The Under-15s lost to Poloc at Glenpark but the Under-11s travelled to Stenhousemuir and defeated their hosts by just one run, thanks to taking a wicket with the last ball of the game.
After last Saturday's wipeout, the 1st XI will try again to begin their CSL Western First Division campaign. This time they play their Renfrewshire rivals, Ferguslie, at Glenpark and this promises to be a fascinating game. The Paisley team have a number of excellent young talents in their team, backed up by Zimbabwean test player, Keith Dabengwa, and they will be a hard nut to crack. Greenock for their part will be lacking internationalist, Richie Berrington, who will be in action for Scotland against Pakistan at the weekend, and it will be up to his colleagues to up their game to compensate for his absence. The match starts at 12 noon.
The Glenpark XI head to Paisley on Saturday to take on the Meikleriggs XI in the WDCU CSL Western First Division Reserve League. The usual mixture of young and old will take the field and are sure to be faced with a difficult encounter. This match will start at 1.00pm.
The Hillend XI face a long trip to Dumfries on Sunday to take on St Michaels in the WDCU Sunday League Division 3 - South. This game starts at 1pm.
The weather looks likely to be the deciding factor again at the weekend with early forecasts suggesting that rain may be spreading from the east during Saturday. Let's hope these forecasts prove to be inaccurate, as has been known.
Rowan Cup tie abandoned
Greenock's first round Murgitroyd Rowan Cup tie with Stenhousemuir was abandoned after the first innings as heavy rain made the pitch unplayable. In what play was possible, the visitors made 87 for 5 in their 18 overs. The game will now be replayed at Glenpark on the reserve date of 23rd May with the winners away to Weirs or Ferguslie in the next round.
Greenock begin West League Cup with defeat
Greenock opened their West League Cup campaign tonight at the second attempt when they took on Renfrew in a rearranged match at Glenpark, after great work by the ground staff to make the ground playable. The visitors were inserted and scored 115 for 3 in their 18 overs, Parvez scoring 51 not out and Tom Batters 2 for 22 in his 5 overs. This proved to be too much for Greenock. Fraser Colson and Shailesh Prabhu were both dismissed for just one run and despite 21 from Mark Robertson, 17 from Waleed Jamal and 16 from Ben Peterson, Greenock were never in the hunt and were dismissed for 84.
Blank weekend for the senior elevens
The weather won out big style at the weekend as all the senior eleven games fell victim to the incessant rain.
Double success for the senior elevens
Despite Friday's deluge, both the 1st XI and Glenpark XI games went ahead on Saturday - well done to both sets of groundstaff. The 1st XI made it two wins on the trot when they defeated Dundee HSFP at Dalnacraig to go second in their Scottish Cup sectional group. Waleed Jamal did the damage with the ball, taking 5 for 22 whilst an unbeaten partnership between skipper Shailesh Prabhu (50*) and Fraser Colson (71*) saw Greenock home by 9 wickets. Peter Hempsey watched the game and has produced this report on the action.
The Glenpark XI triumphed at Glenpark in the Tail of the Bank derby when they clinched victory over Inverclyde to record their first win of the season. Batting first, they scored 207 for 8 with young Aidan Forrest compiling his first senior half-century with a fine knock of 61. In reply, Inverclyde started well but as they lost wickets, they gradually fell behind the asking rate and finished well short on 151 for 9. Dave Sharma has all the details in his usual weekly report.
Junior Cricket Coaching will start at Glenpark on Wednesday 17 April 2013. Coaching is for boys and girls from the age of 8 years to 15 years. Newcomers and those wishing to try cricket for the first time are very welcome. Coaching is every Wednesday* from 6pm to 7.30pm with all equipment supplied by the Club.
Would parents please ensure they attend to complete the necessary registration process which covers child safeguarding procedures.
* Please note that due to 1st XI games on 8 May, 19 June & 3 July, junior training will be moved to Tuesdays of these weeks.
Colson makes an instant impact
A terrific unbeaten knock of 75 by the newly-arrived Fraser Colson led the 1st XI to victory by 7 wickets over Renfrew in a match shortened to 26 overs per side. Earlier, Greg McDougall had taken 3 for 35 as the visitors were restricted to 134 for 6. Peter Hempsey puts the flesh on these details in his weekly report.
The Glenpark XI did better than last week but were unable to force the victory as they went down by 31 runs to Deanpark as they chased the home team's score of 186 for 6. Dave Sharma has all the details in his report and from this it can be seen that David Campbell made his return to the game. Full marks to David for helping the team out while those who have followed his career with the club over many years will not be surprised to learn that he finished not out. 'Twas ever thus.
April Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The latest monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw was made on Saturday 27th April and the four lucky winners were Jim Hempsey, Graham White, Campbell McLean and Neil McGarva. Maureen Harrison was the fortunate winner of the Spring jackpot prize.
The next monthly draw will take place on Saturday 25th May 2013 for the usual prizes.
There are now over 130 members of the draw but additional numbers are still being sought. Remember, the more members, the bigger the prizes. If you wish to join, please contact either Peter Hempsey or Brian Papworth at the numbers or email addresses as listed here.
Greenock teams well beaten on first competitive Saturday
The 1st XI made an inauspicious start to their competitive season when they went down to Grange by 6 wickets in a low-scoring Scottish Cup encounter on Saturday. Only Waleed Jamal made any impact with the bat, scoring 30, whilst Richie Berrington claimed all 4 Grange wickets for 25 as the Edinburgh outfit overtook Greenock's total of 105. Peter Hempsey provides his weekly report on what happened.
The Glenpark XI were comprehensively beaten by Helensburgh in their opening Western Cup tie, losing by 190 runs as their opponents' strength was too much for an inexperienced and numerically under-strength Glenpark side. Dave Sharma was on the spot to record exactly what happened and has unearthed a couple of interesting statistics in his report.
Senior Outdoor Training
Senior outdoor training at Glenpark will commence on Tuesday 9th April at 6pm and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the season.
Members will be greatly saddened to hear of the death of Fred Haw earlier today. Fred, who joined the club in 1971 from Poloc, was a much-loved and respected President (1991-92), Treasurer, captain (2nd XI), player (1st XI and 2nd XI) and whole-hearted supporter of the Club and will be sadly missed by his many friends. Glenpark is a poorer place for his passing.
Sincere condolences from everybody at Greenock Cricket Club go to his family.
March Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The latest monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw was made on Saturday 30th March and the four lucky winners were Randal McLean, Tony Church, Allan MacFeate and Crawford Fisher.
Updates to History Section
Some significant updates to the history section of the website have been implemented. For a full description of these, please read this article.
Friday 8th February saw an informal evening at Glenpark to honour Richie Berrington for two achievements in 2012, gaining his 100th Scottish cap and becoming the first UK batsman to hit an international T20 century.
The annual review of our Club Child Protection Policy has been undertaken and the updated version can be found within the Juniors Section of this website. The content is not only relevant to all volunteer coaches / parent helpers but will also be of interest to all members wishing to ensure our Club continues to provide a safe, secure and learning environment for all our Junior Members.