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The weather wins again ... and Greenock are safe

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

The 1st XI's game with Stirling County has been called off due to New Williamfield being unfit for play due to the unremitting rain that has fallen in the past few weeks. With Drumpellier's game with Clydesdale also being cancelled, this means that Greenock's place in the Premier Division is secured, irrespective of what happens in the last games of the season next week.

The Glenpark XI's game at Glenpark did go ahead and they secured a fine win over Hamilton Crescent by 83 runs. Batting first, they knocked up 169 for 8 in their 40 overs with young Cammy Calder top-scoring with 53. In reply, Hamilton Crescent were never really in the hunt and were bowled out for 86, Tom Forrest taking 4 for 9 and Dave Sharma 3 for 22.

Greenock looking for one more win

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

The 1st XI travel to Stirling on Saturday to take on Stirling County in the knowledge that one more win will secure their place in the top division of the WDCU. Their opponents sit comfortably in mid-table with little to play for but that is certainly not the case for Greenock. Once again, the team has availability issues and realistically much will depend on the performance of skipper Saurabh Bandekar, who has been in outstanding form all season. The match starts at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI are at home to Hamilton Crescent, the 3rd XI of West of Scotland. Player availability is an issue for the team and it is likely to be quite an inexperienced team that takes the field. The match starts at 1pm.

The weather is likely to be a major factor again on Saturday. With more heavy rain forecast on Friday and possible showers on Saturday, pitches throughout the league are likely to be in less than mint condition. Who would be a groundsman in such a summer!

Another blank weekend

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

As feared the weather has taken its toll of the Saturday league fixtures. The Glenpark XI's fixture at Dumfries against Kingholm was an early casualty which at least saved the team from an unnecessary long journey and not long after that, word came through that Meikleriggs was unplayable for the 1st XI match due to the torrential rain that had been experienced on Friday. What a summer!

Greenock come up just short - yet again

Monday, August 5th, 2019

For what seems the umpteenth time this season, Greenock came up just short, this time in a tense struggle with league leaders Uddingston. On a pitch made tricky by the recent poor weather, Greenock bowled out their visitors for just 102 with an excellent bowling and fielding display, spear-headed by Sean Fischer-Keogh who took 4 for 32 and rounded off the innings with a hat-trick. They made a decent start in reply, being 53 for 3 at one stage of their innings, but the depth of the Uddingston bowling proved too much in the end and Greenock fell just short by 18 runs.

Peter Hempsey's weekly report gives all the details of a match where Greenock came so close to a shock result.

Recognition for Saurabh Bandekar

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Greenock's Indian professional, Saurabh Bandekar, whose form has been outstanding in the Premier Division this season, has been called up to play for the Western Warriors against the Eastern Knights at the Grange in Edinburgh next Monday, 5th August in a T20 fixture. Everyone at Glenpark is delighted at this recognition of Saurabh's fine performances this season.

July Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

The July monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 27th July and the four lucky winners were Martin McNab, Iain Robertson, Linda McDougall and Stewart Robinson.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 31st August for the usual prizes. The Autumn special jackpot will be drawn during the Marquee Weekend on Saturday 7th September.

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.

It's a Washout

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

The predicted rain for Saturday made its expected entrance in the morning and put paid to the 1st XI's match with Clydesdale. With every match in the Premier Division falling foul of the weather - why does a poor weekend without fail, it would seem, follow lovely weather during the week? - it is a case of as you were in the league table with just 4 games remaining.

The Glenpark XI did start their game at Glenpark against Inverclyde but the rain came in from the east and brought the game to an abrupt conclusion with the visitors on 60 for 4 after 20 overs.

McCulloch Cup Final at Glenpark

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Glenpark will host the 2019 McCulloch Cup Final (McCulloch Cup = West League Cup) on Wednesday 31st July when Uddingston take on Ferguslie for this prestigious trophy. The match will start at 6.00pm and it is hoped that there will be a good crowd present to witness what should be an excellent game of cricket between two well-matched teams.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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