The annual marquee weekend turned out to be a roaring success with a sunny and dry Sunday afternoon making for another memorable Gig on the Green.
The weekend organiser, Peter Hempsey, was keen to express his gratitude to everyone who worked so hard to make the weekend such a success and he is confident that a significant amount of money has been raised for club funds.
In the excitement of the weekend, the GSPD autumn jackpot prize was not drawn as scheduled. This will now be done on Saturday 10th September.
GREENOCK WIN - promotion and the title
Greenock have won promotion to the Premier Division, and at the same time have captured the First Division title, by defeating Hillhead by 63 runs. Congratulations to skipper Jonathan Hempsey and his team on a magnificent season.
Greenock batted first and compiled 184 in their fifty overs with Declan White top-scoring with 47, which represented something of a recovery from 88 for 6 at one point. In reply, Hillhead were never really in touch with the target and were finally dismissed for 121 with Jonathan Hempsey with 3 for 25 and Greg McDougall with 3 for 38 the main wicket-takers. Peter Hempsey provides all the details in his final report of the season.
The Glenpark XI ended their season in style with a 4-wicket win over Hughenden. Youngster Ewan Stewart took 4 for 44 in the visitors' total of 141 whilst Chirag Pandher with 65 and Sudeep Chaudhary 31 not out starred with the bat as Glenpark replied with 144 for 6.
August Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The August monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw was made on Saturday 27th August and the four lucky winners were Catherine MacFeate, Neill Cook, Jonathan Hempsey and Ann McGarva.
The next monthly draw will take place on Saturday 24th September 2016 for the usual prizes. The autumn jackpot draw will be held on Saturday 3rd September 2016 during the marquee weekend.
There are presently around 130 members of the draw but additional numbers are still being sought. Remember, the more members, the bigger the prizes. If you wish to join, please contact either Peter Hempsey or Brian Papworth at the numbers or email addresses as listed here.
Rain wins again but Greenock are almost there
The Scottish summer struck again with Greenock's match with St Michael's abandoned after just 12 overs of play. With West of Scotland's game cancelled, this means that Greenock need just 2 points from next Saturday's final game with bottom of the table Hillhead to ensure their promotion to the Premier Division.
The Glenpark XI were saved the journey to Dumfries when their game with Kingholm was an early casualty of the rains. Commiserations are due to St Michael's for having to make the journey in the opposite direction to no avail.
Greenock in touch of promotion after defeating West
Greenock took a huge step towards promotion to the WDCU CSL Premier Division when they defeated their nearest challengers, West of Scotland, by 7 wickets in a rain-affected game. Batting first, West were restricted to 102 for 6 in their 32 overs and Greenock overtook this in 25.4 overs, losing just 3 wickets in the process with Neil Flack undefeated on 51 and Chris Hempsey unbeaten on 36, the pair having put on an unbroken 89 for the 4th wicket. Peter Hempsey describes all the action of this most important win for Greenock in his weekly match report.
The Glenpark XI's game with Partick at Glenpark was an early victim of the incessant rains that had fallen during the week and especially on Friday.
Ferguslie comfortably defeated Clydesdale on Sunday to capture the WU40 Cup for a second time.
Greenock sustain blow to their promotion hopes with Renfrew loss
It was high drama in the WDCU CSL First Division as league leaders Poloc were beaten by third-placed West of Scotland and Greenock were defeated in stunning fashion by Renfrew. The visitors scored 134 for 8 in 43 overs but a long interruption for rain saw Greenock set 127 to win 33 overs by the Duckworth-Lewis method. At one stage Greenock were 52 for 2 but they slumped to 83 all out with Damon Rootes with 38 the only batsman to make any score. This disappointing result means that next week's game away to West of Scotland takes on massive importance with whoever loses likely to miss out on promotion. Peter Hempsey provides the details of a very disappointing day in his weekly match report.
The Glenpark XI were beaten by Deanpark in a high-scoring encounter. Deanpark scored 235 for 8 in their allotted overs and whilst Glenpark made a strong effort to reach that total they fell just short at 213 for 9 with Rod Mountford (85) and President Peter Robertson (40) the main contributors.
At least the Hillend XI recorded a victory on Sunday, albeit aided by our friends Duckworth and Lewis. Hillend scored 163 for 7 in their 40 overs with Harry Briggs (64), Sehmat Pandher (21) and 11-year-old Lucas Fischer-Keogh (17) the main contributors. Glasgow Accies had reached 51 for 5 in 23 overs when the rains brought play to a shuddering halt. Hillend's younger bowlers, Jamie Nowell, Ewan Stewart and Tom Forrest all bowled well in their spells. So overall this was a good outing for Greenock's youngsters.
Greenock and Neil Flack too good for Irvine - weekend round-up
A tremendous all-round performance from Neil Flack with 122 and 3 for 7, backed up by 5 for 12 from Declan White including a hat-trick, saw Greenock to a resounding win over Irvine. Batting first for the first time this season, Greenock were indebted to Flack's century to reach 219 for 9 in their 50 overs. Irvine were simply no match for the Greenock attack as they were dismissed for just 49, giving Greenock the victory by 170 runs. With Poloc and West of Scotland also winning it is still 2 from 3 for promotion with 4 games to go. Peter Hempsey provides the details on another fine win in his usual weekly report.
Unfortunately, the Glenpark XI were unable to make it a winning double, despite an opening partnership of 175 between Rod Mountford (100) and Dave Sharma (58) in a total of 213 for 4. Marress overtook that with ease, losing just one wicket in the process.
The WU40 Cup-tie with Clydesdale was played to a conclusion on Sunday. Having been inserted, Greenock scored just 100 for 8 in their 40 overs. A lengthy rain interruption then saw a revised target of 78 in 20 overs being set. Greenock bowled and fielded very well, but their total was just not large enough, and Clydesdale won through to a semi final tie against Ferguslie when the 78 run target was reached with a boundary off the second last ball of the 18th over for the loss of just 2 wickets.
The final of the WU40 Cup is scheduled to be played at Glenpark on Sunday 14 August, but that will depend on the semi final ties now being able to be concluded next Sunday which in this summer may be asking a lot.
July Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The July monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw was made on Saturday 30th July by James Lindsay, head greenkeeper at Stirling Golf Club, and the four lucky winners were Ross Craig, Kenneth Robb, Graeme Sanders and Neill Cook.
Young Greenock cricketers shine for Scotland
Two young Greenock cricketers have excelled today when playing for their Scottish representative sides.
Louis Ware rescued Scotland Under-17s after they had slumped to 80 for 5 in reply to Lincolnshire Under-17s first innings total of 234. He was unfortunately dismissed just 2 short of what would have been a well-deserved century which enabled the Scots to take first-innings points in the 2-day game. Hard luck, Louis, but really well played.
Not to be undone, Abigail Calder captured her first international wicket when playing for Scotland Under-17 girls against the Netherlands, played at the Bromsgrove cricket festival. In a match which Scotland won by 244 runs, Abigail produced figures of 1 for 12 in 6 overs, 2 of which were maidens. Well done, Abigail, and congratulations from everyone at Glenpark.
Parent Welcome Pack
The Club has updated its Parent Welcome Pack. The aim of this pack is to provide parents and junior players, both new and existing, with information about the club, the coaching and what is expected of players, coaches and parents. The revised document can be viewed here.
Award for Neil Flack
Congratulations to Neil Flack on being named Inverclyde Junior Sports Personality for 2015. A well deserved honour.
We would also like to congratulate two veterans of Inverclyde Cricket, Jim Murphy and John Blair, who were also honoured at last night's Inverclyde Sports Awards ceremony. A good night for cricket in Greenock.
The club has recently formalised its policy regarding the principle of sports equality and the resulting document can be reviewed here. Anyone who wishes to make a comment on the document should do so by contacting the Club Secretary.
Members and friends of the Club will be sorely saddened by the news of the passing of Jim Mitchell. Jim was a devoted supporter of the Club over many years, not just at Glenpark but at the grounds in Scotland wherever Greenock played.
He served as President in 1989 and 1990, a period which included the first time that Gordon Greenidge played for the club which in itself involved more work than might be expected for a President. Jim, however, took it all in his stride. He also acted as unpaid auditor of the Club's finances, a role which he undertook for many years and which he only relinquished at last December's AGM due to his increasing ill-health.
Jim will be fondly remembered by his multitude of friends at Glenpark, which is a sadder place for his passing. Our sincerest condolences go to his wife, Rona, and his family.