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Amendment to 2018 League Fixtures

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The WDCU have issued an amendment to the league fixtures for 2018 which removes the run of four consecutive away games for the 1st XI in May. The fixture against Prestwick on 19th May will now be played at Glenpark with the reverse fixture in July at Prestwick. This is good news for the Club from both a playing and financial viewpoint. Now, what odds will you give on 19th May being a gloriously sunny day!!

2018 Citylets Scottish Cup

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The draw for this year's Citylets Scottish Cup has been announced and Greenock have been given a home draw against Glenrothes in the first round, the tie to be played on Sunday 13th May. If successful, the Club will then be at home in the next round as well, against either Drumpellier or Carlton. But we'll just take it one game at a time!

2018 League Fixtures

Monday, January 8th, 2018

The WDCU have released the League fixtures for the 2018 season. The 1st XI start their campaign with a home fixture against Dumfries but that is followed by 4 away fixtures in a row, which will be very demanding for the team. Indeed 7 out of the first 10 fixtures are away from Glenpark. July and August had better be warm and sunny!!

After a reorganisation of the lower leagues, the First Reserve League has been disbanded and the Glenpark XI have been placed in the Third Division of the WDCU and consequently find themselves coming up against some new opponents. For their part, they will play 7 out of their first 10 fixtures at Glenpark.

The full set of fixtures can be found from the link on the right-hand side of the screen.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Following on from the publication of the Club's revised and enhanced Child Wellbeing and Protection Policy, it has now released its Anti-Bullying Policy document, which can be found here.

December Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Friday, December 29th, 2017

The December monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Tuesday 26th December by Susan Currie - Beefy's sister - and the four lucky winners were Jean Bryce, Isobel Robinson, Paddy Bryceland and Graham Prodger.

The December jackpot proze was also drawn and the lucky winner was Jonathan Hempsey.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 27th January 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.

November Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Monday, November 27th, 2017

The November monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 25th November by Scott Lang, and the four lucky winners were John Riggans, Jim Hempsey, Kenny Godsman and Richie Berrington (on the day of his 200th cap for Scotland!).

Child Wellbeing and Protection Policy

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

A comprehensive review of the way in which the club approaches the wellbeing and protection of our junior members has been undertaken. The new policy can be found here. The policy reflects safeguarding requirements and good practice in relation to cricket, taking cognisance of updated legislation and Scottish Executive guidance. All Club members have a contribution to make to ensure the wellbeing of children and should further information be required, please contact our CWPO, Colin McDougall.

Mrs Ann McGarva

Saturday October 28th, 2017

Members will be sad to hear that Mrs Ann McGarva passed away last Tuesday. Ann was a very keen supporter of the Club, taking great personal interest in the progress of the teams and the many individual players whose careers she followed avidly. Her love and knowledge of cricket was born of her playing as a youth and coaching as part of her career as a PE teacher. Cricket Scotland benefited from her support both vocally and financially but she also extended her support to England, indeed following them to the West Indies.

Our Club has also been the recipient of her generosity through her family fund, the AM Ross Foundation, which over the years has made donations to assist with coaching costs, creating the Multi Use Games Area, refurbishing the practice nets and purchasing plant machinery for the ground.

Following a private committal, there will be a celebration of her life at St Columba's Church, Kilmacolm on Monday 6 November 2017 at 2pm, to which her family, Neil, Ailsa and Lesley, would be pleased to welcome members of the Club.

Ann will be sadly missed and we extend our sincere condolences to her family.

Inverclyde Active Schools/Sports Development Accreditation

Friday October 6th, 2017

The Club has received notification of their accreditation by Inverclyde Active Schools which has been achieved through meeting the requisite standards in relation to coach education, safeguarding training, facility provision, first aid training, insurance coverage and compliance with the Protection of Vulnerable Persons Scheme. The accreditation reflects the efforts of all the coaches and helpers of the Junior Cricket Section and the time devoted to ensuring a safe playing environment for our young members. These efforts assist in player attraction and retention and the strength of the Junior Section.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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