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Hilda Kelly

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Members will be saddened to learn of the recent passing of Hilda Kelly. Hilda had been a member for many years and together with her husband, Steve, had been a keen supporter of the Club in many ways.  She was especially pleased to see her granddaughter, Emily, become a regular member of the Glenpark XI and in doing so be the first woman to play senior cricket for the Club. Hilda will be sadly missed and our sincere condolences go to Steve and all Hilda's family and friends in these sad times.

2022 Awards Presentation Evening

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

The Club held the first of what is planned to be an annual Awards Presentation function on 27th August, after the 1st XI had clinched their return to the WDCU Premier Division. The evening was a great success and enjoyed by all those present. A full list of the awards that were presented, together with some photographs of the evening, can be found at this link.

The Club is very grateful to Sam Sanghera, Peter Janampally, Emma and Emily Norris and Shailesh Prabhu for organising the evening, to Angela Prabhu of Angel Images for the excellent photographs, to Chris Hempsey for hosting the evening, to Colin McDougall for his great speech and to Alex Jasper and John Riggans for their donations.

John Gerrard

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022

Members will be saddened to learn of the sudden passing of John Gerrard, a long-standing supporter of the Club. Our sincere condolences go to his widow, Linda, and all his family and friends.

August Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Monday, August 29th, 2022

The August monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 27th August by Emily Norris. The four lucky winners were Colin Lochhead, Vivien McLean, Mary McKnight and Wilson Evans. In addition, Bill Lochhead was the winner of the Autumn Jackpot prize. Congratulations to everyone on their wins.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 24th September 2022 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 using the details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

1st XI promoted after trouncing Hillhead

Sunday, August 28th, 2022

The 1st XI obtained promotion back to the Premier Division after one year's absence with the most convincing of victories over Hillhead. Batting first, a terrific 121 from Ryan Walker, backed up by 41 from Gregor Chambers and 30 from Lukas Fischer-Keogh, saw Greenock to 235 for 6. In reply, a superb spell of 8 for 22 in 7 overs from Gregor Chambers, saw Hillhead bowled out for just 39, Greenock winning by 196 runs. Congratulations to skipper Greg McDougall and his players for achieving their aim of promotion. Peter Hempsey in his final report of the season provides the details of what was a resounding win which brought the 2022 season to a most satisfactory end. **Photos added to the report**

1st XI in final day crunch fixture with Hillhead

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

The 1st XI enter their last game of the season on Saturday, playing Hillhead at Glenpark, knowing that they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to gain promotion back to the Premier Division. Last week's defeat to GHK means that they must at least match the points gained by Kilmarnock, who play Drumpellier at home, if they want to achieve that target. The easiest way to do that will be to defeat Hillhead but the Glasgow side have a target themselves in that they really must win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation. And that makes them dangerous opponents for Greenock. The match starts at 12 noon and the team will hope for a big turnout of supporters to help them on their way. For those unable to get to Glenpark the game can be watched online using this link.

1st XI stumble in promotion race

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

The 1st XI stumbled in their chase for a promotion place when they were well beaten by 5 wickets by GHK at New Williamfield on Saturday. Fortunately, Kilmarnock lost to Stenhousemuir who have now clinched the title, so it is as you were going into the last game of the season next Saturday, at home to Hillhead. Greenock, batting first in a match reduced to 48 overs per side, managed to make 220 for 9 with Mr Extras top-scoring with a scarcely believable 64, including 54 wides. GHK started badly but a partnership between Izaz (75*) and Rafiq (75) saw them on the way to a deserved win with more than 8 overs to spare. Peter Hempsey details just how Greenock managed to throw away the possibility of obtaining promotion in this week's report.

The Glenpark XI finished off their season with a splendid win by 40 runs over league leaders Williamfield which means that in their last two games they have beaten the top two teams in the league. Batting first, Glenpark makde 173 for 8 in their 40 overs, PJ Bryceland top scoring with 45. In the visitors' reply, Usman Mansoor was the man that mattered for Glenpark with 4 for 24 while Hamidullah Safi took 3 for 29 and skipper Janampally claimed 2 for 13.

1st XI remain on course for promotion after win over Renfrew

Monday, August 15th, 2022

The 1st XI maintained their second place in the league table with a hard-fought victory over Renfrew. The team's two Aussies were the main contributors with the bat in Greenock's innings of 226 for 6, Tom Nicholson making 79 and Ryan Walker 104* and Walker also came up trumps with his bowling, taking 4 for 36, to ensure that Renfrew came up 39 runs short of Greenock's total, being dismissed for 187. With Stenhousemuir and Kilmarnock both recording big victories, the pressure remains on Greenock to win their last two games in order to achieve promotion. Peter Hempsey watched the game and details how Greenock maintained their promotion push in this week's report.

1st XI suffer heavy defeat to Drumpellier

Monday, August 8th, 2022

The fifteenth round of games in the WDCU First Division did not go to plan for Greenock as they went down to a heavy defeat to Drumpellier while their challengers, Stenhousemuir and Kilmarnock, both won. The Langloan side amassed a stunning 293 for 3 in their 50 overs with their professional, Supeshala Jayathilake, scoring a quite superb 134 off just 84 balls. Greenock never really got near to their target and were ultimately well beaten by 125 runs, surrendering their top of the table position to Stenhousemuir. There is now all to play for in the last three games and Greenock simply cannot contemplate not winning them. Peter Hempsey was at the heart of the action for the Glenpark XI but has found the time to produce this week's report on what was a disappointing day for the team.

The Glenpark XI had a fine win over the Bees at Glenpark. The visitors scored 161 in their innings with Eddie Ahmad taking 4 for 34 and Cammy Calder 3 for 43. In reply, Glenpark had fallen to 80 for 5 but an unbeaten stand between Nagendra Nagaraju (64) and Peter Hempsey (31) saw them home to a 5 wicket win with 2 overs to spare.

1st XI win crunch match with Stenhousemuir and go top

Monday, August 1st, 2022

The 1st XI blew the First Division promotion race wide open when they inflicted the first defeat of the season on Stenhousemuir. With Kilmarnock winning as well, it really is a three-horse race for the honours. Stenhousemuir batted first but an excellent bowling performance saw them bowled out for just 95, Ryan Walker taking 3 wickets, Tom Nicholson 2 and Ewan Stewart 2, including the key wicket of the opposition professional for a second ball duck. In reply, Greenock made a decent start but a tumble of middle order wickets reduced them to 60 for 6. However an unbeaten 7th wicket stand between Ryan Walker (39*) and Jonathan Hempsey (21*) saw them safely home. Peter Hempsey is back in action and he supplies all the details of this pivotal match in this week's report. What a finish we have in store for this season.

The Glenpark XI had a close encounter with Anniesland at Glenpark before going down by just 15 runs. Anniesland, batting first, made 211 for 7 with youngster Hamidullah Safi taking 5 for 40. In reply, a number of Glenpark's batsmen got a start but a couple of crucial run-outs killed their momentum and they fell just short.

1st XI defy the rain to defeat Poloc

Sunday, July 24th, 2022

The 1st XI overcame the return of the rain to the west of Scotland to defeat Poloc by 52 runs and retain second place in the league table. The match was reduced to 45 overs per side due to a delayed start when Greenock batted first. A fine opening stand of 83 between Tom Nicholson (53) and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (46) set them on the way to an imposing total of 211 for 6 with Harry Briggs marshalling the second half of the innings with an unbeaten 67. An early stoppage for rain in Poloc's innings saw their target reduced to 171 to win in 30 overs but excellent bowling saw them bowled out for 118. Jamie Nowell was the main wicket-taker with 3 for 22. Our anonymous reporter provides the details on what was another fine win for Greenock in this week's report.

The Glenpark XI's game with The Tryst was called off on Friday evening with their opponents unable to raise a team to play.

1st XI keep on track with win over Irvine

Sunday, July 17th, 2022

The 1st XI registered another win on Saturday, defeating Irvine by 8 wickets with relative ease. Irvine batted first and had it not been for an outstanding unbeaten 84 by their professional Leander Lubbe they would have really struggled. As it was, they were dismissed in the 30th over for 145, with 3 wickets for Tom Nicholson and 2 apiece for Gregor Chambers, Greg McDougall and Ryan Walker. Greenock lost 2 early wickets in reply but an unbeaten partnership of 115 by Walker (72*) and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (39*) saw them safely home and another 25 points in the bag. This week's report from our anonymous contributor highlights the key points of the game.

The Glenpark XI lost to local rivals Inverclyde by 5 wickets, Inverclyde overtaking Glenpark's 115 with the first ball of the last over.

1st XI easily overcome East Kilbride

Sunday, July 10th, 2022

The 1st XI maintained their promotion push when they easily overcame East Kilbride at Glenpark on Saturday, winning by 8 wickets after dismissing their opponents for just 79. As ever, the club's two Aussie amateurs were to the fore, both of them capturing three wickets for little cost and Tom Nicholson then scoring a brisk 52 in Greenock's reply. East Kilbride's total was overtaken in the 16th over as Greenock claimed maximum points to remain just behind Stenhousemuir in the league table, the latter achieving a huge victory over Greenock's next opponents, Irvine. Peter Hempsey being unavailable, this week's report from an anonymous contributor provides the details on the game.

The Glenpark XI's game against the Bees was cancelled but it is hoped to rearrange it for 6th August at Glenpark.

Greenock claim crucial win over Kilmarnock

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

The 1st XI claimed a crucial win when they defeated one of their closest rivals for promotion, Kilmarnock, by 88 runs in a match reduced to 46 overs by rain. Greenock batted first and their total of 212 for 4 was mainly achieved due to a superb 130 not out from Ryan Walker. He was given great support by Gregor Chambers who made 29 in a fourth wicket partnership of 157. Greenock's score was revised to 228 by DLS but Kilmarnock never really looked like reaching that target and were eventually bowled out for 140. Chambers and Walker continued their fine work with 3 wickets apiece as Greenock consolidated their 2nd place position in the league. Peter Hempsey details all the action of a game vital to the club's promotion push in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI lost by 3 wickets to Renfrew 3rd XI in a close encounter at Glenpark. Glenpark batted first but nobody really got going and the side was eventually bowled out for 125. Renfrew made a good start and although they were pegged back by the Glenpark attack with Eddie Ahmad taking 3 for 33, the visitors managed to reach their target with overs and wickets to spare.

Another convincing win for Greenock

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

The 1st XI kept up their pursuit for promotion back to the Premier Division with another convincing win, this time against Hillhead. The Glasgow side batted first but never recovered from losing two wickets in the first over and were dismissed for just 110, with Gregor Chambers taking 3 for 25 while Ewan Stewart and Rod Mountford, in his first appearance of the season, both captured 2 wickets. Tom Nicholson got Greenock's reply off to a good start before he fell for 26. Harry Briggs and Lucas Fischer-Keogh then put together an unbeaten partnership of 74 to take Greenock to 113 for 1, Briggs being undefeated on 52 and Fischer-Keogh on 24. Once again, Peter Hempsey was in the thick of the action and he relays what happened in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI made it a winning double and in doing so recorded their first league victory of the season when they defeated Galloway 2nd XI by 10 wickets. The visitors amassed 177 for 7 in their 40 overs with Eddie Ahmad taking 5 for 27. The Glenparkers knocked off the runs in just 27.4 overs without losing a wicket, skipper Peter Raj Janampally continuing his fine form of last week with 91 and Eddie Ahmad capped an excellent all-round performance with 70. A fine win at last and one achieved with just 9 players!

Greenock defeat GHK to claim second place in the league

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

The 1st XI moved into second place in the league with an easy win over GHK at Glenpark on Saturday. Batting first, they amassed an imposing total of 309 for 3 in their 50 overs with Tom Nicholson scoring his second century of the season with 101 off 103 balls. Ryan Walker with 67* and Harry Briggs 61 gave him great support. In reply, GHK were never close to reaching their target with only a 4th wicket stand of 89 by Nadeem and Iqbal enabling them to reach 141 as they were bowled out in 29.4 overs. Tom Nicholson with 4 for 34 and Ryan Walker 3 for 33 were the main wicket-takers and there were 2 wickets for skipper McDougall and 1 for Gregor Chambers. Peter Hempsey had a bird's-eye view of the action (see the scorecard) and he describes it all in his weekly report.

On Wednesday evening, the 1st XI play the last of their McCulloch Cup group games at Renfrew and should they win this and Kelburne lose to Ferguslie on the same evening, that might be enough for them to qualify for the knock-out stage.

The Glenpark XI were involved in a high-scoring game at Stirling. When they reached 196 for 2 in their 40 overs, they would have hoped that this would lead to a first league win but these hopes were quickly dashed when Williamfield made 200 for 1 in just 26 overs. Greenock's skipper, Jayaraj (Peter Raj) Janampally scored an unbeaten 102 but this fine innings was to no avail as Glenpark's bowlers could make no headway against the opposition batting.

No cricket this Saturday

Saturday, June 11th, 2022

There has been no repeat of last weekend's beautiful weather this Saturday and as a result the 1st XI's game with Renfrew is a casualty of the rain. The Glenpark XI have had to concede their game with Galloway 2nd XI due to a chronic shortage of available players.

There is the possible prospect of cricket at Glenpark on Sunday when the Western Warriors Under-17 team take on Eastern Knights Under-17s but there must be some concern that the ground will not be fit for play. Fingers crossed.

Greenock comfortably beat Drumpellier

Sunday, June 5th, 2022

On another beautifully sunny Saturday afternoon at Glenpark, Greenock got back on the winning trail with a comfortable 8-wicket win over Drumpellier. The visitors collapsed to 126 all out in the face of excellent spin bowling from Ryan Walker who took 7 for 24 in 9 overs. In reply, Greenock chased down that total with some ease, the two Aussies, Tom Nicholson and Ryan Walker, putting together an unbeaten partnership of 78 that kept Greenock in touch with the league leaders, Stenhousemuir and Kilmarnock. Peter Hempsey's weekly report has all the details of a fine win for the home side.

The Glenpark XI were roundly beaten by Renfrew 3rd XI in their Sunday Fourth Division encounter. After a sound start, they collapsed from 88 for 3 to be all out for 95. Renfrew had no difficulty in reaching their target, losing just 2 wickets in the 15 overs that it took them to win.

Greenock lose unbeaten league record

Saturday, May 28th, 2022

On a lovely sunny Saturday, Greenock surrendered their unbeaten league record when they lost to Stenhousemuir by 15 runs. As feared, the difference between the teams was the opposition professional, Danie Roussouw, who was far and away the highest-scoring batsman on the day with 74 out of his side's 156 all out. For Greenock both Tom Nicholson and Ryan Walker returned identical figures of 4 for 42. In reply, plenty of Greenock's batsmen got started but nobody was able to go on and play the match-winning innings. Tom Nicholson with 26 was the top scorer in Greenock's 141 for 9 in their 50 overs. Peter Hempsey's weekly report fills in the gaps in what was ultimately a disappointing day for the home side.

The Glenpark XI were well beaten by Anniesland in their Fourth Division encounter, being dismissed for 82, a total which Anniesland overtook for the loss of just 2 wickets.

Greenock keep their unbeaten league run going

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Greenock kept their winning run in the league going with a 71 run win over Irvine at Marress. Batting first, they were bowled out for a respectable 195 in the 50th over, Harry Briggs top scoring with 44. Cammy Calder chipped in with an unbeaten 23 at the end and there were a number of useful contributions from the rest of the order. Irvine found batting tough in reply and quickly slumped to 67 for 9. Only a late rally by their last pair brought their score up to 124 when their final wicket fell. Ryan Walker with 6 for 18 from his 10 overs was the outstanding bowler for Greenock. Full details on this win which keeps the team at the top of the First Division table can be read in Peter Hempsey's weekly report.

The Glenpark XI's match with Inverclyde was the victim of a saturated square which rendered play impossible.

Thumping win for Greenock over Poloc and weekend review

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Greenock recorded their second league win of the season when they thumped Poloc by 142 runs at sun-drenched Glenpark. And the man of the match was undoubtedly Tom Nicholson. The Aussie amateur stroked an unbeaten 156 in Greenock's 269 for 9, his innings, which included 26 4s and 1 six, being the joint 7th highest in the Club's history. He followed that up with 5 for 27 as Poloc were dismissed for 127 in reply, collapsing from 78 for 1. Also starring with the ball was Ryan Walker who took 4 for 26. More details on this fine win can be found in Peter Hempsey's weekly report.

The Club's Scottish Cup campaign ended just as soon as it started as top Edinburgh side, Carlton, proved to be too strong in their first round encounter at Grange Loan. Greenock would have been reasonably satisfied to have bowled out Carlton for 224 in 44 overs, Tom Nicholson claiming 5 for 41 with 2 wickets apiece for Gregor Chambers and Sam Sanghera. The team's reply was steady to start with but wickets began to fall regularly and after 32.4 overs, they were all out for 105, Ryan Walker remaining unbeaten on 35. Would a home tie next year be too much to ask for?

The Glenpark XI followed up last week's losing draw with a similar result at Larbert against The Tryst. An under-strength team fought doggedly to achieve that result after a long afternoon in the field.

Greenock make winning start to their league season

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Greenock made a winning start to their league season when they defeated East Kilbride by 65 runs at Torrance House. Batting first in a match reduced to 30 overs per side by mid-game rainfall, Greenock made 165 for 7, Ryan Walker scoring 44, Tom Nicholson 42 and Lukas Fischer-Keogh 27 but this total was then revised to 174 by DLS. This proved to be too much for their hosts who were bowled out in the last over of the game for 109. Walker with 4 for 22 capped an excellent all-round performance and there was one wicket each for Calder, Nicholson, Sanghera and skipper McDougall while Lukas Fischer-Keogh claimed 3 catches and 2 stumpings in a fine display behind the stumps. Peter Hempsey's weekly report provides more details on what was a fine start to Greenock's league campaign for 2022.

The Glenpark XI managed a losing draw with Bees in a high-scoring encounter at Glenpark in the Fourth Division. The Bees were put in to bat by Glenpark and after a slow start they eventually made 236 for 5 in their 40 overs. Glenpark tried hard to respond but were always behind the required run-rate and when their innings closed, they were 41 short on 195 for 7. Dave Sharma top-scored with 52 to go with his 2 wickets in the Bees innings.

League opener falls victim to the rains

Sunday, May 1st, 2022

The weather forecast proved to be only too accurate on Saturday with the result that the opening fixture of Greenock's league season against Kilmarnock was abandoned without a ball being bowled. This was especially disappointing given the spell of dry weather leading up to the game and the forecast of another dry spell starting on Sunday. Certainly a case of poor timing.

Greenock complete pre-season campaign with loss to Renfrew

Monday, April 25th, 2022

Greenock completed their pre-season campaign of friendlies at Glenpark when they lost to Renfrew by two wickets in a high-scoring game, the winning runs coming with 9 balls of the game remaining. 82 from Tom Nicholson and an unbeaten 54 from Gregor Chambers were the highlights of Greenock's total of 172 for 5 in 40 overs. Renfrew's reply was perhaps aided by the fact that skipper Greg McDougall opted to use eight bowlers in an attempt to give as much match practice as possible. But kudos to Renfrew for their ultimately successful attempt to overtake Greenock's total, especially as they were 128 for 8 at one point in their innings.

Peter Hempsey provides more details in his weekly report.

Mixed fortunes for Greenock in season openers

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Greenock opened their 2022 season with a friendly against West of Scotland at Glenpark. The weather was not exactly conducive for cricket but Greenock can be reasonably satisfied with their start to the season. West made a strong start but after reaching 96 for 2, their innings somewhat subsided in the face of good bowling from Sam Sanghera (3 for 19) and young Aussie Ryan Walker (3 for 15) and they were dismissed for 142. Greenock made a promising reply but once they lost their second wicket at 81, they followed West's example and were eventually all out for 133, just 9 runs short. Greenock's other Aussie, Tom Nicholson, made 33 and Walker 18 but there was a decided look of rustiness about the rest of the batting. Nevertheless, there were some good signs about Greenock's play which bodes well for the coming league season.

On Sunday, these positive signs were in evidence when they defeated Hillhead by 6 wickets. The Glasgow side were dismissed for 122, with Eddie Ahmed claiming 3 for 32 and Sean Fischer-Keogh in his last appearance for Greenock before heading to play for Corstorphine, took 2 for 11. Greenock's reply was dominated by their two young Aussies, Ryan Walker scoring 57 before retiring and Tom Nicholson 39 as they reached their target in just 23.3 overs.

Peter Hempsey was on hand on both days to enable him to review the games in his first weekly report of the season.

Sir Robin Duthie (1928 - 2022)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

It is with great sadness that members have learnt of the passing on Tuesday 1st February of Sir Robin Duthie, the Club's Honorary President.

A determined left-handed bat, Sir Robin played his first game for the First Eleven in 1949 and when he retired in 1963 had scored 4668 runs at 20.93, nearly all of which were made at the top of the order. He was an important member of the 1952 team that achieved one of the most sweeping wins in the history of the Western Union.

He captained the Club in 1960 and 1961 and in both seasons was the leading run-scorer. In 1961 he scored four successive half-centuries in the Western Union, a feat never bettered in the Club's competitive history and at a time when runs in the Union were hard-earned. His only century came in the same year against Clydesdale when he scored 104* in partnership of 189 with Duncan Drummond who also reached treble figures.

Sir Robin never lost his interest in the Club and was proud to see his sons, David and Peter, follow him in performing with distinction for the Club and in Peter's case also for Scotland. He was elected Honorary President of the Club in December 2018, a position that he accepted with great pleasure.

There will be a private funeral on Saturday 19th February to be followed by a memorial service in Greenock West United Reformed Church in George Square at 12 noon.

Sir Robin's passing brings to an end a long and distinguished innings. Our sincere condolences go to his widow, Noel, and children, Susan, David and Peter and their families.

Jack Russell at Glenpark

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

An interested spectator at Glenpark on Saturday 14th August when Ferguslie played Greenock was ex-England wicketkeeper and now professional artist, Jack Russell. However, Jack was not there to watch the game but rather to work. He had been commissioned by Ken Godsman, ex-Greenock captain, to paint a picture of Glenpark. During the day he found time to converse with the many spectators, including the Ferguslie posse, who wanted to know more about his work. More details on his visit can be read in this article, which is published with the kind permission of the Greenock Telegraph.

Index of history articles

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

In 2020, when no cricket was played due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a number of articles relating to the history of the Club were published on the website. These can be read via this link.

Club records now updated back to 1931

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

The Club records have been updated again, this time to cover the years from 1931 to 1937. Each year that has been added to the archives has a summary of all games played by the 1st XI together with full averages, selected scorecards and a short review of the season. The cumulative records of the Club have also similarly been updated.

This new update covers the years when the Club's professional was Reg Hollingdale, from Sussex, who can reasonably be claimed to be one of the best professionals employed by the Club. During this time, the Club won the Western Union title on two occasions while there were any number of memorable games, not least the time when Jack Hobbs played at Glenpark in June 1935. 1937, though it did not result in title or cup success, was a year when there were some outstanding personal performances, such as John Kerr hitting two centuries in four days at the age of 52.

As with previous updates, there a number of caveats that need to be kept in mind and these are detailed in this brief article.

Work will now start on the next update which is likely to cover the years from 1925 to 1930.

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