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Greenock look for much-needed win at Ayr

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The 1st XI head off down the coast to play Ayr on Saturday, looking to recapture their form after disappointing defeats in their last two league ganes. These defeats have brought them firmly into the relegation battle and the players will know that they have to up their game for the remaining five fixtures this season. New Cambusdoon is not the easiest place to go for a win as Ayr's batsmen are adept at putting together big totals on what is normally a batsman's dream, so Greenock's attack will be key to them getting a result. The match starts at 12 noon but as ever in this benighted summer, the weather looks likely to play a big part in the proceedings.

The Glenpark XI are at Glenpark on Saturday when they host Kingholm in the WDCU First Reserve League with the match starting at 12 noon. With the team not having played for the past two weeks, they will be keen to get on the field this Saturday, assuming of course that the weather allows them to do so.

There are no games scheduled for Sunday which means it will be a lovely day.

The junior section have fixtures on Friday evening with the combined Greenock and Helensburgh under-15s at home to play Poloc while the Under-11s travel to play the combined Hillhead / Renfrew Under-11s. On Monday evening, the Under-13s play Helensburgh at Glenpark whule the Greenock and Helensburgh Under-18s are away to the combined East Renfrewshire / Renfrew team.

Lawrence Proverbs - updated

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Word has just reached the Club that Lawrence Proverbs, a past captain of the Club, has passed away in Barbados. In fact, it has been confirmed that he actually died on 1st May 2016, aged 96 but an email has only just been sent to the Club's President, David Glancy, to inform him of this fact.

Lawrence first played for the Club's 1st XI in 1952, finishing his career in 1969, although he did not play in every year between these dates. He was captain in 1963 when a young team finished second in the Western Union, its highest position since the league was won in 1952. A fine stroke-player who was always keen to attack the bowling via quick feet movement, Lawrence was an enthusiast of the game and was always looking to employ imaginative tactics.

He also devoted countless hours to coaching the young players of the Club and many of those who started their careers in the 1960s and early 70s in particular owe him a great debt. Indeed Charlie Stewart remembers that when he captained the 1st XI to Union success in 1979, he stated on being handed the trophy that 9 of the team had been taught the game by Lawrence. That is a wonderful legacy by which to be remembered.

Greenock suffer disappointing weekend

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Greenock slumped to a most disappointing loss to Kelburne on Saturday, their opponents winning their first league game of the season. Greenock batted first, having been inserted, and were dismissed for just 59 in 31.5 overs, with only Shailesh Prabhu with 16 reaching double figures. In reply, Kelburne were 30 for 6 at one point but Omar Hussain saw Kelburne through to victory without further loss. Kyle Scrimegour was Greenock's best bowler, taking 4 for 14.

Our anonymous reporter has been pensioned off with the return of Peter Hempsey who has put together his report on a game that Greenock will want to forget about quickly.

Sunday's Western Union 40 Cup quarter-final tie with Poloc resulted in the Glasgow side winning by just 8 runs, 168 to 160, with Kyle Scrimegour's 61 just not enough to see Greenock to victory. Peter has produced a brief report on what was a better performance by Greenock.

The Glenpark XI's game with The Tryst on Saturday was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Summer Camp 2017

Monday, July 17th, 2017

This year's summer camps for girls and boys, aged 5 years and upwards, will be held on the weeks beginning 24th July and 31st July. The sessions will last from 9.30am to 12.30pm and will cost £5 for an individual day or £20 for the whole week.

Weekend review

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Sadly no cricket on Saturday as both 1st XI and Glenpark XI games were early casualties of the persistent rain. Better luck this coming weekend.

At least, Scotland Under-15 were able to play their game with Durham Under-15 on Sunday as the weather was immeasurably better. Scotland ran out winners in a high-scoring game.

Greenock's return to Glenpark not a happy one

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Greenock suffered a disappointing defeat at home to East Kilbride on a sunny Saturday at Glenpark. East Kilbride batted first and reached 210 for 9 in their 50 overs with Kyle Scrimegour taking 3 for 56. In reply, Greenock were always behind the clock and eventually came up 13 runs short, despite the best efforts of Kyle (61) and Sehmat Pandher (37).

Our anonymous reporter has put together a full report on a game that Greenock will not look back upon with fond memories.

The Glenpark XI ran into a brick wall at Albert Park in their league game. Glenpark batted first and reached 161 for 9 with Ally Calder top scoring with 36 and young Andrew Caskie making 35. That was as good as it got as Albert Park knocked off the runs without losing a wicket.

*** Sunday's quarter-final Western Union 40 Cup tie with Poloc fell victim to the day's incessant rain and will now be played on Sunday 23rd July.

Greenock stun league leaders

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Greenock stunned league leaders Uddingston when they defeated them by 5 wickets at Bothwell Policies. Inserting their opponents, Greenock reduced Uddingston to 59 for 8 at one point before they eventually limped to 103 all out. Julian Hulbert was the chief destroyer with 4 for 23 and Kyle Scrimegour backed him up with 3 for 24.

In reply, Harry Briggs was out cheaply but Greenock regrouped and despite a wee wobble towards the end won convincingly with Kyle unbeaten on 32, the same score that Neil Flack earlier. Greenock have now moved up to 7th place in the league table.

In the absence of Peter Hempsey, a substitute reporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been found and he has filed this report on what was a splendid win.

The Glenpark XI came unstuck against Williamfield in a rain-affected game at Glenpark. Williamfield were well-placed at 123 for 1 in 23 overs when the rains came and after Messrs Duckworth, Lewis and Stern got to work, Glenpark were set 186 in 24 overs to win. They never came close and it took a cameo knock from 14-year-old Cameron Calder with an unbeaten 33 and a 10th wicket partnership of 22 with his elder sister Abigail to get them up to 101 before being bowled out.

1st XI squeak through to the McCulloch Cup semi-finals

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Greenock made it to the semi-finals of the McCulloch Cup by virtue of losing less wickets than Prestwick in a match that ended with both sides having scored 130. Kyle Scrimegour, who had top-scored with an unbeaten 55 in Greenock's innings of 130 for 3, was the man who bowled the final over and limited Prestwick to just 8 runs and a total of 130 for 8. Mention should also be made of Neil Flack who took 4 for 19. Phew!!

Awaiting us in the semi-final are Poloc and naturally, given the way this season has gone, that game will be played at Shawholm, on Wednesday 26th July.

The Glenpark XI failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the Western Cup when their final sectional game with Titwood, which they had to win, was washed out on Tuesday.

June Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The June monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 24th June by Stuart Clark and the four lucky winners were Neill Cook, David Terrey, Nick Hutchinson and Peter Allwood.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 29th July 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 either Peter Hempsey or Brian Papworth at the contact details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

Richie too much for Greenock

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Greenock were undone by former star Richie Berrington on Saturday as the Scottish internationalist stroked 58 and took 3 wickets in a comprehensive 109 run win for Clydesdale which leaves Greenock in 8th place in the league at the halfway point of the season. Mo Awais also contributed a fine 110 as Clydesdale were dismissed for 236. Greenock were never in the hunt in their reply with Kyle Scrimegour best of the batsmen with 27. Peter Hempsey provides the details on what was a disappointing performance in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI recorded a fine win over Annielsand at Glenpark. In a high-scoring encounter the locals scored 254 for 7 with Sehmat Pandher with 54, Mark Farrell 46* and Dave Sharma 45 being the top scorers. Anniesland came up 17 runs shy with Jamie Nowell the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 57.

In midweek, the Club has two cup matches to play. On Tuesday evening the Glenpark XI face Titwood in their final sectional match in the Western Cup at Titwood when a win for Glenpark would take them into the semi-final of the competition. On Wednesday, it is another away tie for the 1st XI, this time in the McCulloch West League Cup at Prestwick in a quarter final match. The winner of this tie will then be away to either Poloc or Drumpellier ... it is a season in which Greenock have had the misfortune to be drawn to play almost all of their cup competition fixtures away from home.

1st XI reach McCulloch Cup quarter-finals - miss out on Rowan Cup

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Greenock lost their final sectional game in the McCulloch Cup to Kelburne by 1 wicket but they were still able to finish in second place in their table and thereby qualify for the quarter-final phase of the competition where they will meet Prestwick at Prestwick Oval on Wednesday 28th June.

Unfortunately, the team missed out on the Rowan Cup semi-finals when they lost to West of Scotland by 5 runs in the quarter-final on Thursday. Batting second in the dark was not easy and they just came up short.

In both games, Greenock were unable to field anything like their strongest line-up.

Hard work pays off

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

A number of spirited volunteers helped to tidy up the area around the all-weather practice nets. To read more about what was involved, including a photograph of the end result, check out this link.

May Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The May monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 27th May by umpire Ronnie Martin and the four lucky winners were Shailesh Prabhu, Linda McDowell, Charlie Stewart and Steve Kelly.

Ron Irvine

Friday, May 5th, 2017

It is with great sadness that the Club has learned of the sudden death on Thursday 4th May of Ron Irvine.

Big Ron, as he was known to everyone, was a larger than life character who played for the 1st XI during the period from 1955 to 1974, captaining the team in 1967 and 1968. During his 1st XI career, he scored 1736 as a hard-hitting lower-order batsman, and captured 203 wickets, bowling at a fast-medium pace from quite a height. In recent years, he had taken up umpiring and enjoyed several years on duty round the grounds of the west of Scotland before ill-health forced him to give this up.

Members who were at the Club last weekend will be shocked to hear of Ron's passing as he had attended the ex-President's and ex-Captain's function on that day and was in great form throughout.

We send our deepest condolences to his widow, Doris, and the rest of his family.

Junior coaching gets underway

Friday, April 21st, 2017

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

Friday, March 31st, 2017

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.

Glenpark youngsters in district training squads

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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.

Alistair Stewart

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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.

John Simpson

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

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.

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