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Greenock's winning run ends

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Greenock's winning run came to an end when they were comfortably beaten by title-chasing Prestwick. The home team made 229 for 6 in their innings and Greenock were never really in the hunt, eventually ending up 86 runs behind, dismissed for 143. Saurabh Bandekar was, as ever, in the runs, hitting 63 while Chirag Pandher was the leading wicket-taker with 3 for 35.

Peter Hempsey's weekly report provides full details on what was ultimately a disappointing defeat for the team..

The Glenpark XI's run of wins also came to an end when they lost to league leaders Kirkstyle by 27 runs. Kirkstyle batted first and scored 189 for 6 in their 40 overs which was a challenging score but Glenpark gave a good response in reply, spearheaded by Dave Sharma who scored a fine unbeaten 50, but ultimately they came up short, bowled out for 162.

Can Greenock make it four in a row?

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The 1st XI head down the coast to Prestwick on Saturday looking for a fourth league win on the spin which would take them further away from relegation issues. Their opponents are making a strong challenge for the title but they will be well aware that Greenock are capable of an upset, given results this season. The only downside for Greenock is that Neil Flack is injured and he will be a big loss for both his batting and bowling. Nevertheless this gives an opportunity for others to shine which would not be surprising given the strong team performances this season. The match starts at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI like their big brothers will look to make it four league wins in a row when they take on Kirkstyle at Glenpark. They should be able to field a strong team for the game, given that there is a larger pool of players to pick from than usual. The match starts at 1pm.

Junior league cricket continues on Friday with the Under-14s at home to Clydesdale while the Under-11s play the same opponents in Glasgow. On Monday, the Under-16s are at home to Ayr. These matches start around 6pm.

Three in a row for Greenock

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Greenock made it three league wins in a row and as a result climbed to 7th in the table when they defeated much-fancied West of Scotland by 1 wicket off the second last ball of a pulsating game. The victory was due to a simply wonderful innings from Saurabh Bandekar who scored an unbeaten 104. At one stage Greenock were 88 for 6 chasing West's total of 200 all out but Bandekar supported by the lower order turned the game on its head. Sean Fischer-Keogh was Greenock's best bowler with 3 for 26 but this was a terrific team win and the winning run is a testament to all the players pulling together.

Once again, our correspondent, Peter Hempsey, was playing for the Glenpark XI but he has gathered together all the pertinent details of an enthralling game in hisweekly report.

The Glenpark XI also made it three league wins in a row when they made the long journey down to Gatehouse of Fleet worthwhile by beating Galloway 2nd XI by 90 runs. Star of the show was young Cammy Calder who hit his maiden century of 108 in Glenpark's innings of 215 for 3. Not content with that, he then took 4 for 8 in 8 overs as Galloway were dismissed for 125. Another of Greenock's promising youngsters, Lukas Fischer-Keogh was also prominent, scoring 31 and taking 2 for 7.

Greenock gain another vital win in style

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Greenock recorded their second crucial win in a row when they emphatically defeated Drumpellier by 90 runs to ease themselves out of the relegation spots. Batting first, they reached their best score of the season, hitting 232 for 5 in their 50 overs. Saurabh Bandekar just failed to reach three figures being dismissed for 93 while Jack Griffiths scored a fine undefeated 61. In reply, Drumpellier were dismissed for 142 with Neil Flack the main bowler taking 4 for 24.

Peter Hempsey was gainfully employed elsewhere (see next paragraph) but he has been able to pull together all the details of a match that brought great joy to the team and all its supporters in our weekly report.

The Glenpark XI made it a great day for the Club when they defeated the Bees by 10 wickets in Glasgow to exactly reverse the result when the teams met previously. Bees made 124 for 9 in their 40 overs, with Cammy Calder and Patrick Caskie both claiming 2 wickets and smart fielding creating 3 run outs. Glenpark knocked off the runs for no loss, thanks to Jamie Nowell (43) and our ageless correspondent Peter Hempsey (52) who batted 33 overs to take the sting out of the Bees attack.

Greenock break their duck at last

Monday, July 1st, 2019

At the eighth time of asking, Greenock finally recorded their first league win of the season when they emphatically defeated East Kilbride by 8 wickets. On a day when rain and storms affected the league programme, DLS was again involved in Greenock's game. Having bowled out East Kilbride for 139, with Sean Fischer-Keogh taking 3 for 29 and Saurabh Bandekar, Neil Flack and Sam Sanghera each taking 2 wickets, Greenock were forced off the field when 26 for 1 in their reply. When play resumed, the target for victory was 119 in 35 overs and this was swiftly knocked off. Zac Barrenechea hit a brisk 35 and an unbeaten partnership of 73 between Bandekar (40) and Flack (37) saw Greenock to a vital win.

Peter Hempsey is delighted to finally be able to provide good news for Greenock supporters in his report on a game that was absolutely crucial to Greenock's hopes of staying in the Premier Division.

The Glenpark XI made it a double success when they defeated Glasgow South by 6 wickets in another game that was blighted by the weather. Glasgow South had reached 91 for 5 in 20 overs when the rain intervened. When play resumed, Glenpark were set 107 to win in 20 overs and they reached this target with 9 balls to spare, Tom Forrest hitting 38 and skipper for the day, Jamie Nowell unbeaten on 30.

June Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Monday, July 1st, 2019

The June monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 29th June and the four lucky winners were Ian Henley, Neill Cook, Alan Holms and Alastair McMillan.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 27th July 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 Brian Papworth at the contact details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

Greenock lose McCulloch Cup quarter-final

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Greenock bowed out of the McCulloch Cup on Wednesday evening when they played Ayr in the quarter-finals at New Cambusdoon, despite an encouraging batting performance. Batting first, they scored 148 for 2 in their 20 overs, with Saurabh Bandekar hitting 64 and Rod Mountford an unbeaten 47 but New Cambusdoon is a batting paradise in good weather and so it proved as Ayr knocked off the runs, due in the main to a swashbuckling innings from Scott McElnea who hit an unbeaten 86 which included 8 sixes. McElnea and overseas amateur Singh put on an unbroken partnerhip of 123 to enable Ayr to win by 7 wickets after an early burst from Bandekar and Sean Fischer-Keogh had reduced them to 26 for 3.

Greenock exit Scottish Cup at Grange

Monday, June 10th, 2019

As feared, Greenock found Grange too strong for them in Sunday's first round Scottish Cup tie at Raeburn Place. Greenock won the toss and elected to bat first but were dismissed for 130 in the 46th over. Neil Flack top-scored with 42 runs and three other batsmen got into double figures, Rod Mountford scoring 19 and Bandekar and Sanghera 15 each.

But the top East League side, one of the favourites to lift the trophy this season, eased to a comfortable seven wickets win when they batted thanks to an unbroken fourth wicket partnership worth 90 runs between Mackintosh not out 70 and Dickinson not out 42. For Greenock, Indian professional Bandekar captured all three of the Grange wickets, at a cost of just 18 runs.

May Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The May monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 25th May by Elinor McDougall and the four lucky winners were David Glancy, Martin McNab, Isobel Robinson and Hilda Kelly.

Barry MacLean

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Word has reached the Club that Barry MacLean has sadly died at the untimely age of 43. Barry played 71 times for the 1st XI, mainly as a late order batsman, between the years of 1990 and 1997.

Our condolences go to his family and friends.

Randal McLean and Jack Thomson

Monday, February 18th, 2019

All members and friends of the Club will be extremely saddened to hear of the recent deaths of Randal McLean and Jack Thomson, both long-standing members of the Club.

Randal was an ex-Treasurer of the Club as well as being a doughty left-handed opening batsman for the 2nd and 3rd XIs for many years after he joined the Club from Phoenix. He captained the 3rd XI on many occasions and after giving up playing, he was a regular attendee at the Club and faithful supporter of all the teams.

Jack was the oldest surviving member of the Club until his recent passing in his 98th year. He played for the 1st XI after the war as a hard-hitting and forceful batsman and was a member of the 1952 team that won the Western Union Championship.

Our sincere condolences go to the family and friends of both Randal and Jack. They will both be missed at Glenpark.

AGM News

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

At last night's Annual General Meeting, the members unanimously elected Sir Robin Duthie as Honorary President and Jack Clark as Honorary Vice-President.

Committee roles stayed the same with David Glancy continuing as President and Neil Flack captaining the Club for a second season.

Hugh McClure

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

All members and friends of the Club will be extremely saddened to hear of the sudden death on 5th October of Hugh McClure, ex-President and long-time supporter of the Club. Hugh will be sadly missed by everyone connected to the Club. Our sincere condolences go to his wife, Joan, and his family.

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