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1st XI reach McCulloch Cup quarter-finals - miss out on Rowan Cup

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Greenock lost their final sectional game in the McCulloch Cup to Kelburne by 1 wicket but they were still able to finish in second place in their table and thereby qualify for the quarter-final phase of the competition where they will meet Prestwick at Prestwick Oval on Wednesday 28th June.

Unfortunately, the team missed out on the Rowan Cup semi-finals when they lost to West of Scotland by 5 runs in the quarter-final on Thursday. Batting second in the dark was not easy and they just came up short.

In both games, Greenock were unable to field anything like their strongest line-up.

Greenock on look-out for 'Dale danger men

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

After what has seemed like a lifetime of playing Ferguslie, the 1st XI this week are off to Glasgow to take on Clydesdale in the WDCU Premier Division. The Glasgow side are the defending champions but have struggled this year having lost a number of key players and also at times been without the services of Con de Lange and Richie Berrington due to international duties. The latter two should be back in Clydesdale's team this Saturday and this will make a huge difference to them. Greenock need to be able to counter them and if they can, then they ought to come away with the victory. But that is a big if! The match is scheduled to start at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI play Anniesland (Glasgow Accies' 2nd XI) on Saturday at Glenpark in the WDCU First Reserve League. The match will start at 12 noon and a repeat of last Saturday's performance against the league leaders could well see the win points garnered by the Glenparkers.

The Hillend XI have no game this weekend as their Sunday League game with Poloc Academy at Shawholm has been called off with Poloc unable to raise a team due to the start of Eid.

The junior section have more fixtures this weekend. Friday evening sees the combined Greenock and Helensburgh under-15s are at home to Stenhousemuir in the Under-15 league whilst the Club's under-11 team travel to east to Stenhousemuir for an Under-11 league fixture. On Monday, the Under-18s, who are also combined with Helensburgh, play the combined East Kilbride / Uddingston team in the Under-18 League at Glenpark.

Greenock teams lose out to league leaders - cup tie is won

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Greenock were outgunned by league leaders Ferguslie at Meikleriggs and eventually lost out by 50 runs. The Paisley side batted first and knocked up an imposing 275 for 8 with Michael English stroking a fine 119. Julian Hulbert was the most successful Greenock bowler with 4 for 55. In reply, Greenock lost some early wickets and thereafter were always struggling to reach their target. They eventually ended on 225 for 9 with Kyle Scrimegour scoring 66 and Julian Hulbert 41.

Peter Hempsey has put together his weekly report on a game that was always just out of Greenock's reach.

But what a difference a day makes. On returning to Meikeriggs for the Western Union 40 Cup second round tie, Greenock dismissed Ferguslie for just 62 with Kyle Scrimegour taking 4 for 15. Greenock knocked off the runs for the loss of just 3 wickets and now meet Poloc in the quarter-finals at Glenpark but it is not known when that game will be played. Funny old game, cricket. Peter has also found time to produce a brief report on this game.

The Glenpark XI lost out by 5 wickets to the First Reserve Division leaders Torrance House. Batting first they accumulated 165 for 8 in their 5 overs, a total which Torrance House overtook in 41 overs.

Weather the winner at the weekend

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

The weather was the clear winner this weekend.

There was no play for either the 1st XI or the Glenpark XI on Saturday after the overnight rains had done their worst.

Play did at least start on Sunday for both the 1st XI and the Hillend XI. The former managed 4 overs in their Western Union 40 Cup tie with Ferguslie with the latter on 14 for 0 when the rains came on. The Hillend XI did even better, completing their 40 overs in their Sunday League match with Glasgow Accies and finishing on 173 for 8 with Peter Hempsey top-scoring with 34. No further play was possible after tea.

Greenock suffer double disappointment

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Greenock posted their highest league score of the season - 250 for 8 - but in the end they were unable to hold off Dumfries who overtook that score with just 5 balls left in the game.

Neil Flack kept up his fine run of form with a splendid 94 in Greenock's innings and he was given good backing by Louis Ware (48) and Kyle Scrimegour (39). Kyle was the most successful bowler with 3 for 49 in his 10 overs and Neil Flack took his 100th wicket for the Club when capturing the first of his 2 wickets.

Peter Hempsey has penned his weekly report on a game that promised much but was ultimately a disappointing result.

There was further disappointment when the team was defeated by Drumpellier in the second round of the Citylets Scottish Cup despite bowling out their hosts for 129 with birthday boy Sam Sanghera grabbing 6 wickets. Greenock slumped to 82 all out as a result of what was apparently a poor batting performance.

Peter Hempsey has worked overtime to produce his second report of a disappointing weekend.

The Glenpark XI were defeated by the combined efforts of Deanpark and Messrs Duckworth, Lewis and Stern. After posting 165 in the first innings with Peter Pan Robertson top-scoring with 37, Glenpark were right in the game with their opponents on 125 for 5 when the heavens opened and the game had to be abandoned. The DLS par score at that stage was 95 which meant that Deanpark were declared the winners.

Greenock overcome Kelburne in the McCulloch Cup

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Greenock recorded their second win in three games in the McCulloch Cup (the West League Cup in all but name) when they comfortably defeated Kelburne on Wednesday evening. A total of 140 for 6 by Greenock, with Neil Flack again in good form with 60 and Kyle Scrimegour scoring 38, was too much for their opponents who were restricted to 118 for 6 in reply. There were 2 wickets each for Scrimegour and Greg McDougall, with the latter's first wicket being his 100th for the Club.

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.

Greenock triumph again - Cup tie off

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Greenock made it two league wins in a row when they pulled off a terrific win over Ayr at Glenpark on a day when the forecast storms more or less failed to materialise. Harry Briggs was the main man with the bat, hitting his maiden league half-century with a splendid 58. There was also a crucial unbeaten 31 from Chris Hempsey towards the end of Greenock's innings which ended at 193 for 8.

Ayr got off to a rollicking start but once their opening pair, Smith and Papps, were removed, Greenock got on top and ran out deserved winners by 38 runs. Louis Ware with 3 for 15 and Kyle Scrimegour with 3 for 18 were the top performers with the ball.

Peter Hempsey has just about got his breath back and has been able to produce this report on a terrific team performance.

The Glenpark XI featured in another close run game and this time they were successful, bringing home the points by virtue of a 6 run victory in what was a high-scoring encounter. Chirag Pandher top-scored with 54 as Glenpark were dismissed for 218. They successfully defended this total in a tight finish, the wickets being shared out amongst the Glenpark attack.

Today's Citylets Scottish Cup tie has been called off as Langloan was deluged by the storms that missed Glenpark. The tie will now be played next Sunday, 4th June.

May Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The May monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 27th May by umpire Ronnie Martin and the four lucky winners were Shailesh Prabhu, Linda McDowell, Charlie Stewart and Steve Kelly.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 24th June 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 either Peter Hempsey or Brian Papworth at the contact details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

1st XI face a busy week - UPDATED

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

This coming week is an exceptionally busy one for the 1st XI. Wednesday evening saw the first of three games in succession at Glenpark, when high-flying Ferguslie were the visitors in the McCulloch Cup - the original name of the West League Cup - and left with a five run victory. Irvine were next up on Thursday in the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup and this time Greenock came out on top by 19 runs. On Saturday free-scoring Ayr come to Glenpark in the WDCU Premier Division while on Sunday, the team travel to Coatbridge to take on Drumpellier in the second round of the Scottish Cup. There will be some tired bodies after this sequence of games!

Greenock break their league duck

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Greenock won their first league game of the season but they did so in heart-stopping fashion. Batting first, Kelburne were dismissed for just 68 in 20.4 overs of a 43 overs per side match, Julian Hulbert and stand-in skipper, Neil Flack both taking 4 for 25. Greenock made really heavy weather of reaching their target and did so with their last men at the wicket, Chris Hempsey, nursing a badly injured thumb, striking the match-winning boundary. Neil Flack top-scored with 27 and Kyle Scrimegour with 14 and Aidan Forrest 11 were the other batsmen in double figures.

Peter Hempsey was unavailable this week to produce the match report but we have prevailed upon a Pulitzer Prize winner, who not unnaturally wishes to remain anonymous, to produce this masterpiece of a report on an unforgettable (for the wrong reasons) match.

The Glenpark XI were unable to make it a winning double, failing by just 3 runs to overtake The Tryst's total of 187 in a match that was reduced to 40 overs per side by the morning rains.

In a weekend of close results, the Hillend XI were not to be undone, losing their Sunday League fixture with Victoria 2 by just 1 wicket, the visitors scoring 171 for 9 to overtake Hillend's total of 169 all out.

Greenock make Scottish Cup progress

Monday, May 15th, 2017

After Saturday's washout when neither the 1st XI or the Glenpark XI bowled a ball, a full day's play was possible in the Scottish Cup tie at Campbell Park, Edinburgh. Greenock made reasonably comfortable progress into the second round, defeating their opponents by 5 wickets with Neil Flack scoring 66 and Julian Hulbert 26 as they chased down Edinburgh's total of 163. Peter Hempsey has pulled together a brief report on the proceedings which can be read here.

The next round takes place on Sunday 28th May when the team face another away tie, this time at Drumpellier.

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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