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Rain the winner on Saturday at New Anniesland

Monday, July 22nd, 2024

The 1st XI's game with Glasgow Accies was called off at the midway point due to persistent rain. Accies had batted first and recovered from 99 for 6 to post a challenging 186. The 1st XI, fielding a weakened eleven, would have been disappointed to allow this recovery and would have found their target a stiff challenge, had the match continued. Ali Mansoor with 3 for 29 in his 10 overs was the team's best bowler. Peter Hempsey's weekly report is briefer than usual with just the one innings to describe.

The Glenpark XI were left frustrated by the rain when they seemed certain to defeat Clydesdale 4th XI. A good bowling performance saw the Glasgow side bowled out for 107, Zabiullah Dilsoz with 4 for 33 being the stand-out performer. Glenpark lost their first three wickets for 23 but an unbeaten partnership of 57 by Maroof Kochai (30*) and Dilsoz (12*) saw them to 80 and just 28 runs short of victory when the rain became too persistent to allow play to continue. These runs were scored in just 12 overs as the batsmen tried in vain to beat the rain.

1st XI keen for win at Accies

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

The 1st XI are on their travels this Saturday, this time to New Anniesland in Glasgow to play Glasgow Accies. A repeat of the performance that saw them to a comfortable win over Accies in May will be most welcome and help to consolidate the team's mid-table position in the league. A stronger display by the batsmen than was shown last weekend will be needed this time around. The match starts at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI are at home to Clydesdale 4th XI on Saturday. Their opponents sit one place belong Glenpark in the league and therefore the game is likely to be a close one but a similar performance to that shown last week against the strong The Tryst side could well be sufficient for the win. The match should be available to watch on the live stream at this link. This match also starts at 12 noon.

1st XI fall to league leaders Dumfries

Monday, July 15th, 2024

The 1st XI were unable to defeat league leaders Dumfries on Saturday, going down by 5 wickets. Batting first, they will rue the fact that five batsmen got into double figures but nobody got past 30. That, allied to falling from 148 for 5 to 159 all out with 7 overs not used, meant that Dumfries, a strong batting-lineup, were not unduly challenged as events proved. Only 2 late wickets made the scoreline more respectable as Dumfries knocked off the runs in 37.3 overs. Our weekly report details how the action played as out as Dumfries demonstrated just why they are top of the table.

The Glenpark XI were unable to maintain their run of wins when they went down to the strong The Tryst eleven by 26 runs. The Glenpark bowlers made a good job of restricting their opponents to 133 for 8 in their 40 overs with Inam Khan taking 3 for 26. In reply, Glenpark were going well at 73 for 3 but the dismissal of Khan who had made 31 led to a collapse and eventual defeat.

1st XI easily overcome Hillhead

Sunday, July 7th, 2024

The 1st XI recorded an easy win on Saturday at Hughenden over Hillhead. Batting first, they overcame a shaky start to make 233 in their 50 overs, Angus Tolhurst the main contributor with a  fine 115. He got good support from the Sanghera family, son Aryan scoring 30 and father Sam 25. Hillhead's reply never got off the ground and only a seventh-wicket partnership of 51 enabled them to reach 95. Connor Nowlan was the star with the ball, taking 5 for 12 in his 10 overs. Our weekly report updates the action of a game which sees the team move up to 5th place in the league.

The Glenpark XI kept up their good run of form with another thumping win. This time it was Hillhead 3rd XI who were the victims, beaten by 9 wickets. The Glasgow side were dismissed for 87, stand-in skipper Dave Sharma taking 3 for 29 and Hamid Safi 3 for 7. In Glenpark's reply, Inam Khan scored an unbeaten 48 as Hillhead's total was reached in the twentieth over.

1st XI's match with Renfrew abandoned

Sunday, June 30th, 2024

The 1st XI's match at Renfrew came to an abrupt end when the game was abandoned after 17.1 overs. This overshadowed a terrific knock by Connor Nowlan who was unbeaten on 76 off just 58 balls with the score on 108 for 3 when the game was halted. Our weekly report provides more detail on the play that did take place.

The Glenpark XI were able to finish their game and they recorded a thumping win over Milngavie 2nd XI by 6 wickets. Their opponents batted first and were quickly reduced to 20 for 4 but recovered well to post 167 for 9 in their 40 overs, a reasonable total for Glenpark to chase. But it was a total that presented no problems to the batsmen, led by Vishal Yadav who hit a superb 86*, which included 13 boundaries. Zabiullah Dilsoz contributed 38 runs to the second-wicket partnership of 86 and despite the loss of two late wickets, victory was achieved in just 23 overs.

1st XI regain form with a win over Irvine

Sunday, June 23rd, 2024

The 1st XI got back on the winning trail when they defeated Irvine by 5 wickets at Glenpark. While ultimately it was quite comfortable, there were a few occasions when the game threatened to get away from them. Having reduced Irvine to 74 for 6, they would have been disappointed to let them recover to a score of 164. Skipper Greg McDougall was the best bowler, taking 3 for 29 in his 10 overs. The reply started badly with the loss of 2 quick wickets but the two Aussies, Connor Nowlan and Angus Tolhurst, got the innings back on an even keel. The dismissal of the latter was followed by another two quick wickets and at 103 for 5, the game was very much in the balance. But an unbroken 6th wicket partnership of 63 between Nowlan (80) and Singh (30) saw the side through to victory. Our weekly report, from an anonymous correspondent, recounts the action from a game that saw a more encouraging display from the team.

The Glenpark XI narrowly lost out to Inverclyde in their Championship Three encounter. Chasing Inverclyde's 127 for 6, they were dismissed for 118, to leave the local bragging rights with Inverclyde and with the vagaries of the fixture list meaning that the teams will not meet again this season, the team will need to wait until 2025 to try to reclaim them.

1st XI lose out to DLS again

Saturday, June 15th, 2024

The 1st XI promotion aspirations are well and truly in tatters after another defeat, the third in a row, this time at the hands of league leaders Kelburne, and once again with the intervention of DLS. Kelburne were asked to bat first and were indebted to a 72 run 4th wicket partnership to reach 159 for 9 in their 50 overs. Connor Nowlan with 3 for 20 was the most successful bowler. The team's batting never got going and when the rains came and brought the game to a close, they were standing at 54 for 6, 57 runs behind on DLS. Peter Hempsey's weekly report sheds more light on a game which has left the team in a tricky spot in the league table.

The Glenpark XI on the other hand had a comfortable 7 wicket win over Galloway 2nd XI. They dismissed their opponents for 96, with FaheemGul Dinarkhel taking 3 for 15 and wasted little time in overtaking that total with Inam Khan unbeaten on 56.

Another setback for 1st XI as they lose again

Saturday, June 8th, 2024

We said that the match with East Renfrewshire was a must-win game for the 1st XI. Well if it was, then unfortunately it did not turn out that way. Batting first, they had slumped to 24 for 4 and were indebted to 52 from Shailesh Prabhu and decent contributions from Ewan Stewart, Sam Sanghera and Usman Mansoor to eventually reach 172 for 7. East Renfrewshire started quickly but were pegged back to 44 for 3 and the game was in the balance. The middle order, however, applied themselves well and after a final rain interruption caused the game to be abandoned, the DLS calculations showed the visitors to be ahead of their target and thus they obtained the victory which is a hammer blow for the 1st XI. Peter Hempsey's weekly report provides the details of what was a really disappointing day for the team and which sees them drop to 7th place in the league table.

The Glenpark XI never made it across the water to Rothesay as their fixture with Bute County & Cowal was called off due to the local team's ground being unfit for play.

1st XI match lose out in the sun to Kilmarnock

Sunday, June 2nd, 2024

On a gloriously sunny day, the 1st XI lost out to Kilmarnock by 2 wickets in a closely fought encounter. Skipper Greg McDougall elected to bat on winning the toss and the first six batsmen all got a start but none of them was able to go on to make a substantial score. Angus Tolhurst top-scored with 44 as the team reached 187 for 6 in their 50 overs, a total which should really have been higher. Kilmarnock made a steady start but 62 for 1 became 112 for 5 and the 1st XI looked to be on top but a partnership of 60 between Maritz, who made a match-winning 95, and Qamar turned the game and even a late flurry of wickets was not enough to earn the team the winning points. Peter Hempsey's weekly report describes the action of a game which has undoubtedly dealt the team a real blow in their pursuit of promotion back to the top level of WDCU cricket.

The Glenpark XI would have been happy to bowl out the strong Mearns 2nd XI for 138 at Glenpark, Faheemgul Dinarkhel and Sanjaya Bamunawala both taking 3 wickets, but the home batsmen were quite unable to handle the visiting attack and were bowled out for just 52 in 16.2 overs. Only Vishal Yadav with 29 was able to reach double figures as the side slumped to a disappointing 86 runs defeat.

1st XI match called off but Glenpark XI win

Saturday, May 25th, 2024

The 1st XI's fixture with Langside at Albert Park was called off without a ball being bowled with Glasgow side's pitch unfit for play after the rains of recent days.

The Glenpark XI were able to play and made the most of that opportunity by defeating Glasgow Accies 3rd XI by 38 runs. Inam Khan was the star performer. His unbeaten 58 in a partnership of 117 runs with skipper Eddie Ahmad (50 not out) which led to a total of 167 for 3 was followed by the capture of 3 wickets for 17 as Accies were dismissed for 129.

Midweek cricket rained off again

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024

For the second week in a row, midweek cricket for the senior teams has been wiped out by the weather. Following on from last night's cancellation of the Glenpark XI's Western Cup tie at Paisley against Meikleriggs, the 1st XI's McCulloch Cup match at Glenpark against Renfrew has now fallen foul of the rain. Oh well, better luck next week.

1st XI comfortably overcome Glasgow Accies

Monday, May 20th, 2024

The 1st XI recovered their form on Saturday when they comfortably overcame Glasgow Accies at Glenpark by 8 wickets. Once again their two young Australians were the outstanding performers. Angus Tolhurst with 4 for 8 in his 10 overs and Connor Nowlan with 3 for 31 were instrumental in Accies being bowled out for 116 and both were undefeated with the bat, Nowlan with 68 and Tolhurst with 21 as that total was chased down in just under 33 overs. Mention should also be made of Harry Briggs with 20 runs and 3 catches behind the stumps, all off Nowlan's bowling. Peter Hempsey's weekly report details the team's return to form on a day when the sun shone on Glenpark.

The Glenpark XI were left disappointed on Saturday when their opponents Crow Road called off the fixture when they were unable to raise a team. What a waste of a glorious day for a game of cricket.

1st XI lose out in low-scoring match at Dumfries

Sunday, May 12th, 2024

The 1st XI came up just short at Dumfries when, despite the warm and sunny weather, runs were somewhat at a premium. They batted first and Connor Nowlan made a positive start with 37. His dismissal led to a rush of wickets and at 58 for 8 all looked lost. But Sam Sanghera (28*) and Muhibullah Ahmadzai (14) put on 39 for the 9th wicket and an eventual total of 107 at least gave the bowlers something to defend. Dumfries struggled equally with the bat and when they were reduced to 73 for 6, a win looked quite possible. But the Dumfries lower-order rallied and saw their team to a 3-wicket victory. Peter Hempsey's weekly report details the events of a game where Greenock's batting frailties - six batsmen failed to score - were almost covered up by a fighting response by the bowlers.

The Glenpark XI recorded their first victory of the season when they easily overcame Stirling County 3rd XI, who were unable to field a full eleven, by 206 runs.

1st XI make winning start in league but lose out in the cup

Sunday, May 5th, 2024

The 1st XI made a winning start to their league campaign with a comfortable 124 run victory over Hillhead at a sun-kissed Glenpark on Saturday. Well, OK, maybe not sun-kissed but at least it was dry. The team's two young Aussies were the main contributors to the win, Angus Tolhurst scoring 84 and taking 3 for 11 in his 10 overs while Connor Nowlan hit up a quickfire 79 and claimed a couple of victims. The home side had reached 226 for 9 in their allotted overs and needed just 32.1 overs to dismiss their opponents for just 102. Our correspondent, Peter Hempsey, provides a full report on what was a satisfying start to the league season.

The long journey north on Sunday to Aberdeen proved to be fruitless when the home side eased to victory over a less than full-strength 1st XI in the Scottish Cup. Angus Tolhurst was again in the runs, making 105 out of his side's 197, but the bowlers were unable to defend this total as Aberdeenshire reached their target for the loss of just 4 wickets in 30.4 overs to progress to the next round.

The Glenpark XI had a close encounter with the Bees at Bellahouston, eventually coming up just short of their opponents total of 134 by 11 runs.

April Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

The April monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 27th April 2024. The four lucky winners were Alan Holms, Craig Lyons, Shailesh Prabhu and Mark Farrell. In addition, the ever-popular Club Secretary, Brian Papworth, scooped the Spring Jackpot prize - who writes this guff?.

Congratulations to everyone on their wins.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 25th May 2024 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.

The sun comes out at last as the 2024 season starts

Monday, April 29th, 2024

At long last, the weather relented and allowed the 2024 Glenpark season to commence. Two pre-season friendlies were played, against Kelburne on Saturday and Renfrew on Sunday, resulting in one win and one loss. However, the matches were very much played as training exercises, indeed the Kelburne match was played as a 13-a-side encounter and captain Greg McDougall took the opportunity to give all his players the chance to bat and bowl. The results were really irrelevant. Our correspondent, Peter Hempsey, has produced his first report of the season to describe the action.

Second pre-season friendly cancelled

Saturday, April 20th, 2024

Saturday was probably the nicest day of the year so far, a perfect one for a game of cricket. Unfortunately not at Glenpark as the ravages of earlier in the week rendered the ground unfit for play and thus the second pre-season friendly of the year, this time against Hillhead, bit the dust. We do now seem to be in for a reasonable spell of weather and should this last to next weekend, then surely we will see some play. Time will tell.

Anyone for cricket?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

The 2024 season starts this Saturday, 13th April, when West of Scotland will be the visitors for the usual pre-season friendly.

But surprise, surprise, the game has already been called off as Glenpark is quite unable to host the game due to the incessant rain that seems to have fallen unceasingly since the end of the previous season. And even at this early stage, next week's fixture with Hillhead must be in doubt, given that there is just no sign of a dry spell in the forecast. It is really quite depressing.

March Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

The March monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 30th March 2024. The four lucky winners were Kevin Flack, John McGachy, Isobel Robinson and Craig Lyons.

1st XI averages published

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

The 1st XI averages have now been calculated and can be found at this link. The cumulative records for the Club stretching back to 1931 have also been updated.

2023 Awards Evening

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

The 2023 Awards Evening was held on Saturday 26th August when the clubhouse was packed to see a number of awards handed out to players and supporters. Gregor Chambers was chosen as the Players 1st Player of the Year while Emily Norris was accorded the same honour for the Glenpark XI. Sam Sanghera was named the Club Player of the Year in recognition of his whole-hearted enthusiasm over the season.

Thanks are due to Peter Hempsey for penning this article that documents all the awards that were handed out and to Angela Prabhu for taking photographs throughout the evening. More of her photographs have now been added to the article.

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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