The 1st XI play their final league game of the season when they travel to Glasgow to take on Hillhead. The aim is simple as just 2 points are needed to clinch promotion to the Premier Division but the team will surely be eager to complete a successful season with a resounding win over their opponents who seem to be doomed to relegation. The match starts at the usual time of 12 noon.
The Glenpark XI entertain Hughenden at Glenpark on Saturday and will aim to conclude their league campaign with a victory. The match starts at 12 noon.
The Hillend XI will try yet again to play a Sunday League game when they travel to East Kilbride on Sunday. This game represents the last chance for Hillend to play this season in a campaign which has been marked by cancellations and weather interruptions. The game is scheduled to start at 1pm.
Rain wins again but Greenock are almost there
The Scottish summer struck again with Greenock's match with St Michael's abandoned after just 12 overs of play. With West of Scotland's game cancelled, this means that Greenock need just 2 points from next Saturday's final game with bottom of the table Hillhead to ensure their promotion to the Premier Division.
The Glenpark XI were saved the journey to Dumfries when their game with Kingholm was an early casualty of the rains. Commiserations are due to St Michael's for having to make the journey in the opposite direction to no avail.
With Gig on the Green an established part of the Greenock music scene, the Club is now venturing into the realms of Stand-Up Comedy with the first ever Gags on the Green night in the marquee on Friday 2nd September. Details have just been announced of the comedians who will be entertaining patrons at what promises to be a great night of Scottish comedy.
Further details have just been announced for the 2016 Gig on the Green festival which takes place on Sunday 4th September this year.
After the resounding success of last year's event, music lovers throughout Inverclyde have been looking forward to the 2016 version, keen to learn just who will be performing this time around. The full programme has now been released and it promises to be a great afternoon of music.
Greenock in reach of promotion after defeating West
Greenock took a huge step towards promotion to the WDCU CSL Premier Division when they defeated their nearest challengers, West of Scotland, by 7 wickets in a rain-affected game. Batting first, West were restricted to 102 for 6 in their 32 overs and Greenock overtook this in 25.4 overs, losing just 3 wickets in the process with Neil Flack undefeated on 51 and Chris Hempsey unbeaten on 36, the pair having put on an unbroken 89 for the 4th wicket. Peter Hempsey describes all the action of this most important win for Greenock in his weekly match report.
The Glenpark XI's game with Partick at Glenpark was an early victim of the incessant rains that had fallen during the week and especially on Friday.
Ferguslie comfortably defeated Clydesdale on Sunday to capture the WU40 Cup for a second time.
Greenock sustain blow to their promotion hopes with Renfrew loss
It was high drama in the WDCU CSL First Division as league leaders Poloc were beaten by third-placed West of Scotland and Greenock were defeated in stunning fashion by Renfrew. The visitors scored 134 for 8 in 43 overs but a long interruption for rain saw Greenock set 127 to win 33 overs by the Duckworth-Lewis method. At one stage Greenock were 52 for 2 but they slumped to 83 all out with Damon Rootes with 38 the only batsman to make any score. This disappointing result means that next week's game away to West of Scotland takes on massive importance with whoever loses likely to miss out on promotion. Peter Hempsey provides the details of a very disappointing day in his weekly match report.
The Glenpark XI were beaten by Deanpark in a high-scoring encounter. Deanpark scored 235 for 8 in their allotted overs and whilst Glenpark made a strong effort to reach that total they fell just short at 213 for 9 with Rod Mountford (85) and President Peter Robertson (40) the main contributors.
At least the Hillend XI recorded a victory on Sunday, albeit aided by our friends Duckworth and Lewis. Hillend scored 163 for 7 in their 40 overs with Harry Briggs (64), Sehmat Pandher (21) and 11-year-old Lucas Fischer-Keogh (17) the main contributors. Glasgow Accies had reached 51 for 5 in 23 overs when the rains brought play to a shuddering halt. Hillend's younger bowlers, Jamie Nowell, Ewan Stewart and Tom Forrest all bowled well in their spells. So overall this was a good outing for Greenock's youngsters.
Greenock and Neil Flack too good for Irvine - weekend round-up
A tremendous all-round performance from Neil Flack with 122 and 3 for 7, backed up by 5 for 12 from Declan White including a hat-trick, saw Greenock to a resounding win over Irvine. Batting first for the first time this season, Greenock were indebted to Flack's century to reach 219 for 9 in their 50 overs. Irvine were simply no match for the Greenock attack as they were dismissed for just 49, giving Greenock the victory by 170 runs. With Poloc and West of Scotland also winning it is still 2 from 3 for promotion with 4 games to go. Peter Hempsey provides the details on another fine win in his usual weekly report.
Unfortunately, the Glenpark XI were unable to make it a winning double, despite an opening partnership of 175 between Rod Mountford (100) and Dave Sharma (58) in a total of 213 for 4. Marress overtook that with ease, losing just one wicket in the process.
The WU40 Cup-tie with Clydesdale was played to a conclusion on Sunday. Having been inserted, Greenock scored just 100 for 8 in their 40 overs. A lengthy rain interruption then saw a revised target of 78 in 20 overs being set. Greenock bowled and fielded very well, but their total was just not large enough, and Clydesdale won through to a semi final tie against Ferguslie when the 78 run target was reached with a boundary off the second last ball of the 18th over for the loss of just 2 wickets.
The final of the WU40 Cup is scheduled to be played at Glenpark on Sunday 14 August, but that will depend on the semi final ties now being able to be concluded next Sunday which in this summer may be asking a lot.
July Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The July monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw was made on Saturday 30th July by James Lindsay, head greenkeeper at Stirling Golf Club, and the four lucky winners were Ross Craig, Kenneth Robb, Graeme Sanders and Neill Cook.
The next monthly draw will take place on Saturday 27th August 2016 for the usual prizes. The autumn jackpot draw will be held on Saturday 3rd September 2016 during the marquee weekend.
There are presently around 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.
The rains relent and Greenock grab exciting win
After 3 Saturdays of inactivity, Greenock were back in action at Glenpark today and in a nailbiting finish, they prevailed by just 1 wicket against Stirling County to stay hot on the heels of league leaders Poloc. Stirling had earlier posted 182 for 8 in their 50 overs, with Neil Flack again headlining with 4 for 28, well supported by Declan White who took 3 for 34. In response to this Greenock were indebted to Declan's undefeated 44 to see them over the line, Sehmat Pandher being the other main contributor with 40. With Poloc and West of Scotland also winning today, it is as you were at the top of the table. Peter Hempsey was on hand to watch the action and having recovered his breath, has detailed it in his usual weekly report.
The Glenpark XI made it a winning double when they overcame Williamfield by just 4 runs in the Reserve League. Harry Briggs followed up his century of last week with 77 as Glenpark scored 162 for 6 in their 50 overs. Williamfield tried hard to reach that total but fell agonisingly (for them, if not for Glenpark!) short by just 4 runs when they were dismissed for 158.
Poloc WU40 Cup tie off - but Greenock win!
The much-delayed WU40 2nd round cup tie with Poloc was scheduled for Wednesday but the overnight and early morning storms rendered Shawholm unfit for play. The tie therefore has had to be decided by the toss of a coin and the winner is .... Greenock! This means a home tie against Clydesdale this coming Sunday.
Young Greenock cricketers shine for Scotland
Two young Greenock cricketers have excelled today when playing for their Scottish representative sides.
Louis Ware rescued Scotland Under-17s after they had slumped to 80 for 5 in reply to Lincolnshire Under-17s first innings total of 234. He was unfortunately dismissed just 2 short of what would have been a well-deserved century which enabled the Scots to take first-innings points in the 2-day game. Hard luck, Louis, but really well played.
Not to be undone, Abigail Calder captured her first international wicket when playing for Scotland Under-17 girls against the Netherlands, played at the Bromsgrove cricket festival. In a match which Scotland won by 244 runs, Abigail produced figures of 1 for 12 in 6 overs, 2 of which were maidens. Well done, Abigail, and congratulations from everyone at Glenpark.
1st XI games called off again
The 1st XI suffered a third successive Saturday cancellation when the umpires called off the game with Glasgow Accies at New Anniesland after they deemed that the surrounds to the pitch were too dangerous for play. To compound matters, the WU40 Cup match with Poloc at Shawholm was abandoned after just 3 overs when one of the bowler's run-ups was deemed unfit for play. Not sure at this point when this game will now be played.
The Glenpark XI did play at Glenpark and it was a case of runs galore as over 500 runs were scored in a match that was eventually won by Anniesland by 75 runs. The Glasgow team scored 307 for 7 in their 50 overs but Glenpark made a good fist of their reply with young Harry Briggs reaching his maiden century in senior cricket with an undefeated 109 in a total of 232 for 5.
Greenock bow out of Scottish Cup
At the fourth time of asking, Greenock finally met Carlton on Tuesday evening in the Citylets Scottish Cup quarter-final. As feared, the Edinburgh proved to be just too strong for Greenock, running out winners by 47 runs in a 20-over match.
Greenock started well and had Carlton struggling early on, reducing them to 39 for 4 in the 9th over. But they couldn't sustain the pressure and Carlton eventually finished on 122 for 9, with Neil Flack taking 4 for 19 and Declan White 3 for 19. Greenock lost early wickets in their reply and could not get back in the game after that, finishing on 75 for 9 with Declan White top-scoring on 26.
June Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The June monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw was made on Saturday 25th June by Fiona Harvey, wife of Blair & Bryden partner Peter Harvey, and the four lucky winners were Jamie McDowell, Kevin Flack, Greg McDougall and Brian Lang.
Parent Welcome Pack
The Club has updated its Parent Welcome Pack. The aim of this pack is to provide parents and junior players, both new and existing, with information about the club, the coaching and what is expected of players, coaches and parents. The revised document can be viewed here.
Award for Neil Flack
Congratulations to Neil Flack on being named Inverclyde Junior Sports Personality for 2015. A well deserved honour.
We would also like to congratulate two veterans of Inverclyde Cricket, Jim Murphy and John Blair, who were also honoured at last night's Inverclyde Sports Awards ceremony. A good night for cricket in Greenock.
The West Regional Development Centre Under-14 Challenge Series starts on Sunday with a match between the Foxes and the Eagles at Hamilton Crescent. Featuring for the former will be Tom Forrest whilst Jamie Nowell is selected for the Eagles. A third side, the Sharks, comes into the competition on the following Sunday and a third Greenock youngster, Sean Fischer-Keogh, is a member of their squad. Good luck to all 3 youngsters during the season.
Neil Flack was involved in the first CS Pro20 Blitz match on Sunday when he opened for the Western Warriers against the Caley Highlanders at Titwood. Unfortunately, Neil was dismissed for 4 as the Warriers failed to chase down the Highlanders' imposing total of 177, spearheaded by a coruscating ton by Craig Wallace.
The club has recently formalised its policy regarding the principle of sports equality and the resulting document can be reviewed here. Anyone who wishes to make a comment on the document should do so by contacting the Club Secretary.
Members and friends of the Club will be sorely saddened by the news of the passing of Jim Mitchell. Jim was a devoted supporter of the Club over many years, not just at Glenpark but at the grounds in Scotland wherever Greenock played.
He served as President in 1989 and 1990, a period which included the first time that Gordon Greenidge played for the club which in itself involved more work than might be expected for a President. Jim, however, took it all in his stride. He also acted as unpaid auditor of the Club's finances, a role which he undertook for many years and which he only relinquished at last December's AGM due to his increasing ill-health.
Jim will be fondly remembered by his multitude of friends at Glenpark, which is a sadder place for his passing. Our sincerest condolences go to his wife, Rona, and his family.