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Greenock unable to break league duck

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

On a damp and dismal day at Glenpark on Saturday, Greenock fell to a third league defeat when they lost by 6 wickets to Prestwick. Saurabh Bandekar did his best to prevent the loss, hitting 85 in Greenock's innings of 191 and then taking 3 for 28 in his 10 overs when Prestwick chased down a revised DLS target of 190, 2 overs having been lost in the first innings due to a rain stoppage. Saurabh's efforts were ultimately in vain as Prestwick started with an opening partnership of 111 and eased to a comfortable win. The match report will follow.

The Glenpark XI suffered no better as they lost by 8 wickets to the Kirkstyle XI at Kilmarnock. Batting first, Glenpark were bowled out for 157 and Kirkstyle lost only 2 wickets in easily overtaking that total.

Greenock's batsmen need to find their form

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

The 1st XI welcome table-topping Prestwick to Glenpark on Saturday and will look to put behind them their performances of the past two games which saw them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with two almighty batting collapses. In both games, terrific bowling from Saurabh Bandekar and Jonathan Hempsey set up the opportunity for convincing wins only for the batsmen to fail to follow up that fine work. Quite simply they need to forget about that and concentrate this week on getting a score on board and see where that takes them. They will need to do so without skipper Neil Flack who is not available but Chris Hempsey returns to the team to take his place. The match starts at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI travel to Ayrshire to take on Kilmarnock's 2nd XI, Kirkstyle, hoping to record their second win of the season. They will be assisted by Dave Sharma for his first game of the season but the free-scoring Peter Hempsey is not able to play this week. This match starts at 1pm.

Junior league cricket continues on Friday with Stirling County Under-14s visiting Glenpark and the Under-11s travelling to play Glasgow Accies. These matches start around 6pm.

Once again, the eyes of the players and spectators will be on the Saturday weather forecast. After a dry and warm week, there is a suggestion of a breakdown in that fine weather. Let's hope that is all it is, a suggestion.

Last ball agony in McCulloch Cup

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Greenock suffered the agony of a last-ball defeat on Wednesday evening against Kelburne at Whitehaugh. Defending a total of 101 for 5 in their 20 overs, they were beaten by a last-ball boundary by their Paisley opponents who finished on 104 for 8.

There was better news for the Glenpark XI on Tuesday evening as they defeated Dean Park (Renfrew's 2nd XI) by 28 runs. Rod Mountford with 59 not out and Ewan Stewart, 24 not out, were the main contributors in Glenpark's 128 for 4. Mountford and Sam Sanghera both took 3 for 10 as Dean Park were restricted to 100 for 9 in their reply.

Greenock fall to Smith's deadly bowling

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Greenock fell to another defeat when they lost to West of Scotland by 22 runs on Saturday. Saurabh Bandekar and Jonathan Hempsey were again in form with the ball, the former taking 6 for 28 and the latter 3 for 52 as West were bowled out for 116 in just 25.5 overs. Greenock struggled in their reply but despite 39 from Bandekar, they were bowled out for 94, suffering another collapse, this time when well placed at 82 for 4. Four wickets fell at this score as Gavin Smith ripped through Greenock's middle order and tail-end. He finished with 7 for 15, which included a scarcely believable 5 wickets in 5 balls.

Our correspondent, Peter Hempsey, was once again playing for the Glenpark XI, but has found time to provide the details in his weekly report of what has to be said was another disappointing display by the Greenock batsmen.

The Glenpark XI recorded their first victory of the season when they defeated Galloway 2nd XI by 90 runs. The match was a personal triumph for two of the more mature members of the team. Skipper Ally Calder hit an unbeaten 51 and followed that with 3 for 28 whilst Kevin Flack, in his first game of the season, scored 41 and took 4 for 4 in 7 overs. Well played, gentlemen! Amongst the younger fraternity, Cammie Calder scored 27 and Aryan Sanghera took 2 for 29.

Greenock slump to stunning defeat

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Greenock suffered the mother of all collapses when they fell to a 4 run defeat to Drumpellier at Coatbridge. Like many of the games in the Premier Division, runs were at a premium and when Greenock bowled Drumpellier out for just 54 runs, with Saurabh Bandekar and Jonathan Hempsey both taking 4 wickets, they could be forgiven for expecting to win with ease. When they reached 40 for 1 that seemed to be the case but amazingly they then slumped to 41 for 9. The writing was on the wall and although the 10th wicket pair did their best, Greenock were finally dismissed for just 50. Seven of the Greenock line-up failed to trouble the scorers in what was a quite astonishing game.

Our correspondent, Peter Hempsey, did not witness this debacle, as he was scoring an impressive 61 for the Glenpark XI at the time, but he has pieced together the key points of the game in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI did not fare much better when they played the Bees at Glenpark. Peter Hempsey's half-century saw Glenpark to 150 for 9 in their 40 overs but the bowlers were unable to find a way past the impressive young Bees' openers and the Glasgow side won by 10 wickets.

April Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

The April monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 28th April by Olivia Farrell and the four lucky winners were Iain Scott, Wilson Evans, Rona Lochhead and Vivien McLean.

The April jackpot draw was also conducted on that day and the lucky winner was Colin McCahill.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 25th May 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 at the contact details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

Mother nature wins the day

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Last week's fine weather was very quickly a distant memory as the new league season was welcomed in by persistent rain which meant that neither the 1st XI nor the Glenpark XI were able to play their first competitive games. The latter did not even travel to their game but around lunch-time there was every hope that some play would be possible at Glenpark. However, such hopes were quickly dashed as rain set in during the afternoon. Oh well, there is always next week.

Greenock fail to shine in the sun

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

The sun may have shone at Glenpark at the weekend but it failed to bring out the best in Greenock's performances. On Saturday, they were bowled out for 119 by Hillhead who then overtook that score for the loss of just 2 wickets. Sunday's visitors, West of Scotland, also won convincingly. After bowling Greenock out for 84, they wasted no time in winning by 7 wickets. Work to do before next weekend.

Our regular reporter, Peter Hempsey, was on hand to watch the games and presents his view of the action in his weekly report.

Greenock start the season in style

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Greenock started their 2019 season in fine style on Saturday when they gained the easiest of victories over Renfrew.

Renfrew batted first and set the tone for their innings by losing two wickets in the very first over. Nobody reached double figures as they were bowled out for just 32, Sammy Sanghera and Sehmat Pandher each claiming three wickets with Rod Mountford with 2 and Neil Flack with 1 being the other successful bowlers. In reply, the Pandher brothers both fell cheaply but skipper Flack was unbeaten as the target was knocked off in less than 8 overs. A brief report on the action can be read here.

The Hillend XI played a friendly with the West of Scotland 3rd XI (Hamilton Crescent) on Sunday and came off second best. A young and inexperienced side struggled against their older opponents and could only muster 78 when they batted first. West overtook this total without losing a wicket but play continued for a while to enable more players to get match practice, with West eventually finishing on 141 for 3.

A look ahead to the 2019 season

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The 2019 season league season starts in just over three weeks time and our roving correspondent, Peter Hempsey looks ahead to what is in store over the summer months at Glenpark.

March Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The March monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 30th March by Archie Wohlgemuth and the four lucky winners were Alistair McMillan, Robert Robinson, Dave Sharma and Enid McDonald.

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.

2019 Midweek cup draws released

Friday, March 1st, 2019

The 1st XI have been given a home draw in the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup and will play Clydesdale on Thursday 23rd May. The McCulloch Cup draw sees Greenock in the same group section as in previous years and they will play home and away ties with Ferguslie, Kelburne and Renfrew.

The Glenpark XI have four qualifying games in the Western Cup, starting with away ties at Dean Park and Whitehaugh before playing Vale of Leven and Meikleriggs at home. These games will all be played on Tuesday evenings.

Pre-season training details

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The 2019 season is approaching fast and it is now time for pre-season preparations to take place. St Columba's school in Gourock has been booked for 5 weeks starting on Monday 4th March with each session starting at 7.30pm and lasting for 2 hours.

2019 League fixtures announced

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The fixtures for the 2019 league season have been released and somewhat belatedly have been loaded on to this site - see the links on the right-hand side of this page.

The 1st XI start their campaign on 27th April with a home fixture against newly-promoted East Kilbride and will then play the other promoted side, Drumpellier, at Coatbridge on the following Saturday. The season ends with a visit from Poloc on Saturday 24th August.

The Glenpark XI, after their relegation last season, will play in the 9-team Fourth Division and they start their season with an away fixture against Glasgow South. Their final game of the season will be a week later than that of the 1st XI when Kingholm will be the visitors to Glenpark. As well as fixtures against two local sides, Inverclyde and Bute County, which are sure to be keenly contested, the team will have to travel twice to the South of the country to take on Kingholm and Galloway 2nd XI.

A rather unwelcome feature of the season is the fact that there will be two Saturdays when there will be no game at Glenpark - 22nd June and 10th August. No doubt the weather on those days will be warm and sunny!!

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.

2019 Scottish Cup draw - and we've got a tough one!

Friday, January 18th, 2019

The draw for the 2019 Citylets Scottish Cup has just been announced and it has not been particularly kind to Greenock who have been drawn AWAY to cup-holders Grange in the first round. The tie will be played on Sunday 9th June with a reserve date of the following Sunday.

Western Warriers winter training call-ups

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The squads for this winter's Western Warriers youth training have just been announced. Lukas Fischer-Keogh has been awarded a place in the Under-14 squad while brother Sean will take part in the Under-16 training and Emily Norris has been selected for the Women's Under-16 squad.

Congratulations to all three who now have the chance to further their claims for selection in the coming season's representative matches.

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.

Saurabh Bandekar signs on for 2019

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

The Club is delighted to announce that Saurabh Bandekar has signed a contract to play a second season as professional in 2019.

Saurabh was a big influence on our play in 2018 which culminated in an eighth-place finish in the League, a terrific result considering we lost the first four games of the season. We are certain that Saurabh will build on his performances and lead the Club to success next season.

The Club also expects Laurens Smit to return again in 2019 as our Overseas Amateur. Laurens too had an excellent debut season and we fully expect him to build on this for 2019.

Everyone at the Club will be delighted to see Saurabh and Laurens at Glenpark next season.

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