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Greenock head to Dumfries in search of first league win 

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

The 1st XI are away from Glenpark for the third week in a row on Saturday. Dumfries is the destination this week as the team seeks a first league win of the season. They will have to do so without the services of Neil Flack, by far their leading scorer this season. Jonathan Hempsey is another absentee and if Greenock are to break their league duck then the others in the team will really need to step up to the plate. The match as usual will start at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI have two matches at Glenpark this weekend. On Saturday, Bees (Clydesdale's 3rd XI) provide the opposition for a Third Division league match while on Sunday, the Meikleriggs (Ferguslie) XI are the opponents for a rearranged Western Cup tie. Both matches start at 1pm with the former a 40 over per side match and the latter a 20 over bash.

John Kirk - funeral details update with streaming link

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Club members are struggling to come to terms with the terribly sad news that reached them that John Kirk had suddenly passed away. Kirky was truly a larger than life character who will be sadly missed by all his friends at Glenpark. He was a committed supporter of the Club and especially of the cricket teams whose fortunes he followed with passion. Glenpark will quite simply be a lesser place without his presence. We send our sincere condolences to his partner Cathy, brother Tom and all his family and friends. RIP Kirky.

John's funeral will be held on Thursday 24th June at 2pm at Greenock Crematorium. It will be a private service but this is the link for the live stream. There will be a facility for anyone viewing to add anything that they wish to share. The cortege will leave John's house at 13.40pm and will drive past the Club at that time when members and friends can pay their last respects.

Greenock remain winless after loss to Poloc

Monday, June 21st, 2021

The 1st XI are now rooted to the foot of the Premier Division after their disappointing loss to Poloc at Shawholm on Saturday. A total of 113 was never going to be enough to defend and despite tight bowling from Chambers, Flack and Fischer-Keogh, Poloc passed the Greenock score for the loss of just 4 wickets. Greenock's total was especially disappointing when it is considered that they were 71 for 1 at one stage but the fall of Harry Briggs for 18 at that score, followed one run later by Neil Flack's dismissal for a fine 43, led to a rush of wickets. Our intrepid reporter, Peter Hempsey, was playing in the game and provides a player's viewpoint of the game in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI were unable to build on last week's win over Inverclyde when they went down by 7 wickets to Glasgow South at Glenpark. They posted a reasonable total of 165 for 8 in their 40 overs, with the evergreen Peter Robertson hitting 49 and Jayaraj Janampally 44 but their bowlers were unable to contain the opposition batsmen who knocked off the runs with relative ease in just 27 overs.

Greenock fall to Paisley clubs in Cup matches

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

The 1st XI were knocked out of the two midweek cup competitions over two nights by the Paisley clubs. On Wednesday, Kelburne won the McCulloch Cup tie by 26 runs, despite Neil Flack's 70 while on the following evening, Ferguslie were too strong in the Rowan Cup, winning by 47 runs.

Greenock fail to trouble Ferguslie

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

The 1st XI were unable to fend off a strong Ferguslie outfit on Saturday at Meikleriggs and fell to a second league defeat. Batting first, they could only make 79 off 34 overs with Neil Flack top-scoring with 23 and Jayaraj Janampally the only other batsman in double figures with an unbeaten 11. Five of the Greenock batsmen were dismissed LBW which maybe tells a story. In reply, Ferguslie knocked off the runs for the loss of 4 wickets, Sean Fischer-Keogh taking 2 for 13 in 7 overs. Peter Hempsey may have been productively busy on Saturday (see below) but still found the time to pen his weekly report on the game.

The Glenpark XI registered their first win of the season when they defeated local rivals Inverclyde by 11 runs in a high-scoring encounter at Glenpark. Peter Hempsey with 49 and Sudeep Chaudhary 45 were the top scorers in Glenpark's 196 for 6 while teenager Usman Mansoor with 3 for 46 and Ewan Stewart with 2 for 21 in 10 overs were their most successful bowlers as Inverclyde responded with 185 for 7.

Greenock advance in Rowan Cup

Friday, June 11th, 2021

The 1st XI advanced to a quarter-final tie with Ferguslie in the Rowan Cup after a reasonably comfortable win by 16 runs over Helensburgh. Gregor Chambers enjoyed a fine match against his old club, hitting a fine unbeaten 65 as Greenock made a somewhat under-par total of 108 for 6 in their 20 overs. Helensburgh made a spirited reply but their chase was halted by two fine catches by Chris Hempsey and Neil Flack and they never recovered from these dismissals. All six bowlers used claimed at least one wicket each.

Disappointing start to the competitive season

Monday, June 7th, 2021

The 1st XI got on the field at last at the weekend but were beaten in both games that they played. In the league, they went down by 81 runs to newcomers, Langside. The Glasgow team scored 233 in their innings and despite Neil Flack carrying his bat for 87 in the Greenock innings, the locals did not come close to overtaking that total. Peter Hempsey has emerged from lockdown to produce his weekly report with all the details on the match.

A weakened team travelled through to Carlton on Sunday for the first round Scottish Cup tie. Batting first, Greenock compiled a creditable 197 for 7 against their strong opponents, with Neil Flack again amongst the runs with 55 and Gregor Chambers and Harry Briggs both scoring over 30. Carlton were reduced to 28 for 4 at one stage in their innings but a whirlwind 5th wicket partnership of 162 by Shah and MacPherson brought them victory by 4 wickets.

The Glenpark XI also failed to win their first game, going down to a heavy 9 wicket defeat at the hands of GHK Strathclyde.

WDCU Cup competitions redrawn

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

The WDCU have redrawn the various midweek cup competitions as a result of the late start to the season.

The McCulloch Cup becomes a straight knock-out competition and Greenock will play Kelburne at Whitehaugh on Wednesday 16th June and the same applies to the Western Cup with the Glenpark XI now meeting Meikleriggs on Tuesday 15th June. In the Rowan Cup, Greenock will still play Helensburgh in the first round but on Thursday 10th June.

Clubhouse opening hours

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

With Inverclyde moving down to Level 1 on Saturday 5th June, the clubhouse opening hours are extended to 11.00pm. Those planning to attend the club should read the Risk Assessment and Method Statement and ensure that they follow the instructions.

The opening hours for the next few weeks are

Thursday  8.00pm to 11.00pm (10.30pm on 3rd June)

Friday      5.00pm to 11.00pm (10.30pm on 4th June)

Saturday   12 noon to 11.00pm

Sunday      12.30pm to 11.00pm

League and Cup cricket resumes

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

With Glasgow City dropping down to Level 2 restrictions, this is the signal for league and cup cricket to resume in the west of Scotland. Greenock's first league game will be against Langside (previously known as Weirs) on Saturday 5th June, followed by the Scottish Cup tie at Carlton on the next day. The Glenpark XI will take on GHK Strathclyde on the Saturday in an away fixture.

Details are awaited on how the various midweek cup competitions will be re-organised.

May Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

The May monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 29th May by 1st XI scorer, Ronnie 'Rob Roy' McGregor. The four lucky winners were Margot Andrew, Ronnie McKnight, Jean Bryce and Mary McKnight. Congratulations to them on their wins.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 26th June 2021 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.

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.

WDCU season delayed and also the Scottish Cup

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

With Glasgow City remaining in Level 3 and travel into and out of that area not permitted, the WDCU have decided that all cup-ties scheduled for the week beginning 17th May will be postponed. The League fixtures scheduled for 22nd May have been declared null and void and will not be rearranged. Should Glasgow be moved down to Level 2 for the following week, then the fixture list will resume from that point.

In addition, the first round Scottish Cup tie away at Carlton on Sunday 23rd May has been postponed as Greenock have a number of players in their team who live in Glasgow and who are not allowed to travel outside their area. A new date for the tie has still to be agreed.

The Junior season in the west of Scotland is currently still allowed to proceed.

April Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

To celebrate the re-opening of the Clubhouse on Friday 30th April, the April monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on that night by Evelyn Erskine.

The four lucky winners were Alastair McMillan, Margot Andrew, George Holms and Vivien McLean. Congratulations to them and to Bobby McGill who won the Spring jackpot prize.

Bill McKaig

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

It is with great sadness that members have learnt of the passing on Sunday of Bill McKaig. Bill was a great supporter of cricket in general, but especially of Greenock and was known and respected throughout Scottish cricket for his perceptive comments. He was always great company, with a wealth of stories, and will be sadly missed by many. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.

Junior coaching resumes on Wednesday 21st April

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

With the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, junior coaching restarts at Glenpark on Wednesday 21st April. The sessions will start at 6pm and last until 7.30pm with all equipment supplied by the Club and are open to boys and girls, aged from 7 to 14 years old.

More details can be found by clicking the link below.

Western Union League and Cup fixtures released

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

The WDCU have released the schedule for the 2021 League and Cup season and the fixtures can be found from the link on the right-hand side of the screen.

The league season will commence on 22nd May and run through to 18th September, provided the easing of the Covid restrictions proceeds as planned. This year the Glenpark XI will play in a 14-team Third Division, playing 15 games in total.

Greenock handed tough Scottish Cup draw

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

As the club awaits news on how the easing of Covid restrictions will work out for the 2021 season, news comes that in the Scottish Cup they have been drawn away to strong Edinburgh outfit, Carlton. The tie will hopefully be played on Sunday 23rd May.

Isabel Clark

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Members will be saddened to learn of the passing on 25th January of Isabel Clark, wife of the Club's Honorary Vice-President, Jack Clark, after a long illness.

Our sincere condolences go to Jack, his sons, John and David, and all his family and friends in their sad loss.

Sean Fischer-Keogh recognised in Inverclyde Sports Awards

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Congratulations to Sean Fischer-Keogh on being chosen as Young Sports Personality of the Year in the annual Inverclyde Sports awards. This award was richly deserved after Sean's impressive performances at the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa at the start of the year and hopefully brings him some joy after his summer, like those of all the other Greenock cricketers, was wrecked by the pandemic.

Peter Smith

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

The Club is saddened to learn of the sudden death on 22nd September of Peter Smith, an outstanding wicket-keeper in the history of the Club.

Peter first played for the 1st XI in 1949 when he was still at school at Merchiston College but his career in the team really started in 1953, although in that year and for the next three years his appearances were restricted to the second half of the season as he was studying at Cambridge University. He continued to play for the 1st XI up to and including 1973 and during that time he claimed 383 victims in 393 matches, with 277 catches and 122 stumpings. The high number of stumpings reflect his penchant for standing up to the stumps as often as possible. He was predominately a lower-order batsman but during his career he batted at all positions in the order and scored 1930 runs in that time. He could be a difficult man to dislodge and many of his runs were scored at crucial times in the game.

Jack Clark remembers him as a man of sobriety and clean living amidst a bunch of rabble rousers. Everyone got on well with Peter and he contributed wholeheartedly to every team that he played for.

After ceasing to play, he moved to Ayr for work but remained a member of the Club. Our sincere condolences go to his widow, May, and his family.

Allan MacFeate

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Members of the Club will be saddened to hear of the death earlier today of Allan MacFeate. Allan was a long-standing member of the Club and he gave great support to it. He will be sadly missed by all his friends at Glenpark. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go to Catherine, Derek and family for their loss.

Inverclyde Community Fund award grant to Club

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

The Club have been successful in applying to the Inverclyde Community Fund for financial assistance to assist with an extension to the Junior Coaching programme. Given the loss of playing and training opportunities this season, player retention and maintaining enthusiasm is critical to the Section. After a consultation exercise with junior coaches, parents and junior members is completed, the Club will be offering a winter training programme which will take place on selected evenings and weekends.

This is an addition to the recognised training programme and will complement the existing Club activities and school activity which will also continue.

The Club wish to thank the Trustees of Inverclyde Community Fund for their generous award of £500 at this challenging time.

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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