Saturday sees the start of the competitive season for Greenock who commence their campaign back in the Premier Division with a fixture at Glenpark against old friends, Uddingston. The latter will be a step up in class from those teams that Greenock played last year and they have recruited well with last season's outstanding player, Ross Lyons, ironically a native of Greenock, joining from East Kilbride. There are plenty of other good players in the Uddy line-up and Greenock will need to be firing on all cylinders from the start if they are to pick up the winning points.
Jonathan Hempsey is captain again this season but a foot injury keeps him out of the game and the team will be led by Neil Flack, fresh from 6 months playing in Tasmania. Spectators interest will no doubt be focused on the performances of the Club's overseas recruits, Kyle Scrimegour and Julian Hulbert. Play is scheduled to start at 12 noon.
** Updated ** The Glenpark XI should have started their season with an away fixture at Stirling to take on the Williamfield XI but Williamfield are unable to raise a team and have conceded the fixture. Unlike previous years, the team's fixtures do not mirror those of the 1st XI and indeed there is now promotion and relegation in the Reserve leagues. Glenpark start off in the First Division and it will be interesting to see how they fare this season.
On Sunday, the Club are pleased to provide the facilities of the ground to Kilmacolm who play Falkland in the first round of the Village Cup. Good luck to the Kilmacolm team who will be opposing a side that plays in the East Premiership. So no easy task then. Play commences at 1pm.
District selection for Cameron
Congratulations to Cameron Calder who has been selected for the Sharks squad to play the Eagles this coming Sunday at Whitehaugh in the West Regional Development Centre Under-14 Challenge Series. Good to see another of our young players getting recognition at a higher level.
Mixed weekend for Greenock
The sun may have shone but the temperature did not reach any heights as Greenock completed their pre-season friendly fixtures. Results were mixed as a disappointing batting display led to a 7 wicket loss to West of Scotland on Saturday whilst Renfrew were easily overcome by 9 wickets on Sunday. The display against West in particular shows that some work needs to be done this week at practice prior to the first league game of the season against Uddingston this coming Saturday.
Peter Hempsey watched both matches and has produced two reports for your interest. His report on the West of Scotland match can be read here and a slightly shorter version for the Renfrew match read here.
Greenock make winning start
In weather conditions that were not particularly conducive to good cricket, nonetheless Greenock made a pleasing start to their 2017 season with a comfortable win over Hillhead. Neither side was at full strength but Greenock's selection took the chance to get some crucial match practice prior to the league season starting. Louis Ware was the undoubted man of the match, top scoring with 51 and then taking 2 wickets and a smart catch in Hillhead's reply. Shailesh Prabhu scored 43, Phil McIntosh 25 and the evergreen Peter Robertson, shorn of the cares of his Presidential office, an unbeaten 22.
Peter Hempsey has spent the winter sharpening his pencil and was on hand to jot down the salient points of the match. His report can be read here.
Apologies for the delay in posting this report which was due to unforeseen technical difficulties (the webmaster's daughter's router died a messy death!)
Junior coaching gets underway
Cricketing fun for boys and girls got under way this Wednesday evening when the summer programme of Junior cricket training began at Glenpark.
Boys and girls from 8 years of age up to 18 years of age are welcome to come along, and coaching and playing opportunities will be available for appropriate age groups throughout the months from April through until the end of August.
The Club provides all necessary equipment and family members are encouraged to come along and enjoy the facilities at Glenpark while watching their youngsters enjoy their cricket activities. Coaching staff are all trained and have Disclosure Scotland clearance. The club's two young overseas players from Australia, Kyle Scrimegour and Julian Hulbert, will also be part of the coaching team.
Weekly cricket coaching activities take place on Wednesday evenings from 6pm until 7.30pm. Membership for juniors for the full season is just £5, irrespective of age and match playing opportunities against other club sides in the west of Scotland will be available at Under-10, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 age groups.
All Stars Cricket comes to Glenpark
All Stars Cricket is the exciting new programme that has been launched by the ECB and Cricket Scotland to get boys and girls, aged from 5 to 8 years old, interested in cricket. Greenock have signed up for the programme and will be running it on Tuesday afternoons for 8 weeks, starting on 23rd May.
Clicking on this link will take you to a full description of what All Stars Cricket is all about and importantly it tells you how to register to take part in it. It must be stressed that unless a child is registered, he or she cannot take part in the programme.
We would urge anyone reading this to pass this information on to anyone they know, be it friends, relations, neighbours, colleagues, etc, who have children aged between 5 and 8.
March Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The March monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 25th March and the four lucky winners were Dave Sharma, Brelda Baum, Linda McDowell and Kenny Love.
The next monthly draw will take place on Saturday 29th April 2017 for the usual prizes plus the Spring jackpot prize.
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.
Glenpark youngsters in district training squads
The Western Warriers have annnounced squads at Under-15 and Under-18 levels to take part in further training prior to the summer's competitive cricket. Tom Forrest and Jamie Nowell are included in the Under-15 squad and Harry Briggs and Louis Ware in the Under-18 squad. We offer our congratulations to all four boys and wish them well in their quest for places in the match-day squads.
Abigail Calder continues to develop her game with the Scotland Wildcats Under-17 squad and her success together with that of the boys above should encourage all our young cricketers to work at improving their games in order that they too can progress into the representative teams.
February Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The February monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 25th February and the four lucky winners were Tony Church, Robert Robinson, Shailesh Prabhu and George Holms.
The Club has recently learnt of the death of Alistair Stewart, an ex-Secretary of the Club and captain of Clutha Hockey Club when it played at Glenpark. AJ, as he was known, was an integral part of the one of the strongest teams in Clutha's history, before leaving to work with the European Commission in Brussels.
Our condolences go to his family in their sad loss.
The Club is saddened to hear that John Simpson, a past Captain of the Club, has recently passed away at the age of 94.
Johnny, as he was known to everyone in the cricketing fraternity, was a fine left-arm slow bowler and useful lower-order batsman. He first played for the 1st XI in 1947 and was an influential member of the team that won the Western Union title in 1952. He captained the team in the 1954 and 1955 seasons, winning the Rowan Cup in his first season and narrowly missing out on the Union title in the same year. He ended his playing career for the 1st XI in 1961 and his tally of 341 career wickets places him in 13th position amongst Greenock wicket-takers.
We send our condolences to his family.
WDCU Cup and Sunday League fixtures released
The WDCU have now released the draws for the various Cup competitions that they run and at the same time published the Sunday League fixtures for the coming season.
The 1st XI have been drawn at home to Irvine in the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup, with an away tie to the winners of the West of Scotland or Glasgow Accies tie being the prize for victory over the Ayrshire side. The group for the West League Cup, or McCulloch Cup as it is now to be known as, this being its original name, is the same as last year, with games due home and away with Ferguslie, Kelburne and Renfrew. Finally, it is an away tie in the WU40 Cup at GHK with the winners of this match drawn away to either East Kilbride or Ferguslie.
The Glenpark XI face the same teams as last year in the group section of the Western Cup, with home games against Bothwell and Shawholm and away fixtures with BBC Scotland and Titwood.
The Hillend XI have a schedule of nine league games this year, with five of these being at home. Hopefully weather and fixture clashes will not impact their season as badly as they did last year.
The full fixture lists can be accessed at the link on the right-hand side of this page.
Greenock play Edinburgh in Scottish Cup
Cricket Scotland have just released the 2017 Scottish Cup draw and this sees Greenock travel to the capital to take on ESCA Championship side, Edinburgh, in the first round on Sunday 14th May. A visit to Drumpellier or Weirs two weeks later awaits the victors of this game and a further success would see a home game in the quarter-finals against the likes of Grange or Prestwick.
League fixtures released
In another sign that the 2017 season is approaching fast, the WDCU have just released the Saturday fixtures for the 1st XI and Glenpark XI.
The 1st XI commence their return to the Premier Division with a home match on 29th April against Uddingston and they end it with another home fixture, this time against 2016 champions, Clydesdale. And in between there are a fair few tasty matches to whet the appetite of the Glenpark cognoscenti (that's Davie Campbell and Charlie Stewart to their friends).
The Glenpark XI remain in the First Division Reserve League which means that their fixtures do not mirror those of the 1st XI. In addition, as there are only 9 teams in this year's First Division, there will be a similar number in the Reserve League which unfortunately means that the Glenparkers will have two blank Saturdays, one of which (15th July) will mean a blank Saturday at Glenpark. No prizes for guessing how good the weather will be on that day!
The full fixture lists can be accessed at the link on the right-hand side of this page.
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.
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.