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August Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The August monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 26th August by Elinor McDougall and the four lucky winners were Susan Hempsey, Roddy Neill, Charlie Stewart and Tom Neill.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 30th September 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.

1st XI averages available

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Now that the dust, or should that be mud, has settled on the 2017 season, what better time to review what has happened over the past 4 months or so by checking out the 1st XI results, averages and leading performances. This can be done via this link.

The cumulative averages have also been updated and now cover the years from 1954 up to the present. These can be found via the History link at the top of this page.

Games off again and Greenock survive the drop

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

The 1st XI game against Clydesdale was called off early on Saturday morning and with East Kilbride's game against Prestwick also being a victim of the weather, that meant that Greenock have kept their place in the Premier Division for next year. In truth this has been a miserable summer for cricket-lovers with the rain too often the deciding factor. 2017 will not be fondly remembered. Surely 2018 will be better - won't it?

The Glenpark XI's game at New Anniesland was called off on Friday.

Season ends on a cliffhanger - UPDATED

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The 1st XI's 2017 season comes to an end on Saturday when Clydesdale are the visitors to Glenpark. Anything less than a win for Greenock will leave them dependent on East Kilbride's result against Prestwick for their Premier Division status. Jonathan Hempsey's team quite simply need to be at their very best if they want to get something out of the game and surely their perilous position will be a driving force for a top-notch performance. All Glenpark supporters wish them the very best for this crucial encounter. The match will start at 12 noon.

** - Updated - ** The Glenpark XI should have been away to Anniesland (Glasgow Accies) in the WDCU First Reserve League on Saturday but the game has been cancelled as New Anniesland is flooded. Typical of this summer that their season should end like this.

On Sunday the Hillend XI should have ended their WDCU Sunday League season with a home fixture against East Kilbride but that fixture has been cancelled. Efforts are being made to arrange another fixture but it is not yet known if they have been successful. It has been another frustrating season of Sunday cricket for the Club's development side with most games not taking place. Something better needs to be put place for next season.

The junior section's season ends on Monday evening with the Greenock and Helensburgh Under-18s hosting the combined Ferguslie/Hillhead team while the Under-13 XI play Ferguslie at Meikleriggs. These games are all scheduled to start at 6.15pm.

Weather wins again

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

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

The Glenpark XI's game at Torrance House was also a victim of what is laughingly known as the Scottish summer.

On to next week, the last of the league season. With all of today's Premier Division fixtures either cancelled or abandoned, it's a case of as you were as far as the league table is concerned. Greenock meet Clydesdale at Glenpark on Saturday with East Kilbride hosting Prestwick who need to win that game to ensure that they win the title. All to play for.

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 July 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.

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.

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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