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Scottish Cup exit for Greenock

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

At the second time of asking, Greenock were able to play their first round Citylets Scottish Cup tie with Glenrothes on Sunday. The weather was determined to make its presence felt and as a result the game became a DLS encounter. At one point, Glenrothes were 88 for 6 but recovered to set Greenock 166 to win in 45 overs under DLS and despite reaching 87 for 4 at the halfway point wickets fell steadily from that point and Greenock were 47 runs short in the end to ensure a disappointing exit from the Cup.

For Greenock, Neil Flack scored 26 and Laurens Smit 20, while Sammy Sanghera took 3 for 32 and Saurabh Bandekar 2 for 27. Glenrothes owed much to Amir Shahzad who scored 79 and took 4 for 25.

Still no league victory for Greenock

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

The 1st XI played their first league game of the season at Glenpark but there was still no victory for them. Batting first, Prestwick scored an imposing 274 with Neil Flack the most successful bowler with 4 for 51. In reply, Greenock were well positioned at 133 for 2 in the 29th over but the loss of Saurabh Bandekar for 48 precipitated a flurry of wickets and the innings subsided to 190 all out.

Our intrepid reporter, Peter Hempsey, was off on his travels this weekend but a willing, though anonymous, substitute has been found to produce this week's match report.

The Glenpark XI's winning run came to an end on Saturday when they lost out to Motherwell in a high-scoring affair at New Wiiliamfield. Motherwell racked up 345 for 3 in their 40 overs with two of the opposition scoring unbeaten centuries. Glenpark made a reasonable fist of their reply, reaching 215 for 9 with Dave Sharma and Mark Farrell both hitting half-centuries but it was always going to be hard to reach that mammoth total.

Greenock hope to make home advantage count

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The 1st XI play their first home league game of the season, weather permitting, on Saturday when last year's Premier Division champions Prestwick are the visitors. The Ayrshire side have had a mixed start, winning one and losing one, but will pose a stern test to a Greenock side that is still searching for its best form. In particular, the top order has failed to click and if Greenock are to have any chance of winning on Saturday, then they must get more runs from their leading batsmen.The match will start at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI will be looking for a third win on the bounce (and fourth if you include this week's Western Cup win over Vale of Leven) on Saturday when they travel to Stirling to play Motherwell. The Glenparkers can expect a harder game than they have experienced in the past two weeks but they must be full of confidence as a result of their winning run. The match has been transferred to Stirling's second pitch because Motherwell's ground is in use on Saturday and will start at 1pm.

On Sunday, the 1st XI will make a second attempt to play their first round Citylets Scottish Cup tie against East Premier side, Glenrothes at Glenpark. Their opponents will be lacking their captain, Safyaan Sharif, who has signed to play for Derbyshire's one-day team, but they will still pose a significant threat to Greenock. The winners will play Carlton at home in the next round on 3rd June after the Edinburgh side narrowly overcame Drumpellier last Sunday. The match starts at 12 noon.

The weekend junior league matches see the Under-11s away on Friday to Uddingston while the Under-14s are at home on the same day to Helensburgh. On Monday the Under-12s have a home fixture with Uddingston while the Under-16s begin their season with a visit to Glasgow Accies. Play in all games will start as soon after 6pm as possible.

Milestone for Jonathan Hempsey

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

In the course of his innings of 70 last Saturday at Hamilton Crescent, Jonathan Hempsey passed the total of 2000 runs for the 1st XI and thereby became the 16th person in the Club's history to achieve the double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets. Well done, Jonathan!

No joy for Greenock at Hamilton Crescent

Monday, May 14th, 2018

On a day of glorious sunshine, the 1st XI came up short against West of Scotland. Their opponents scored 222 for 8 batting first, with Neil Flack picking up 3 wickets. Greenock got off to a poor start in reply but the lower order, marshalled by Jonathan Hempsey, fought back well but ultimately came up 50 runs short with Hempsey last out for a very fine 70. Jonathan's father, Peter, has all the details in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI notched their second win in a row when they defeated The Tryst by 17 runs at Glenpark. The locals scored 185 for 6 with Morton groundsman, Mark Farrell, hitting a splendid 86. In reply, The Tryst got reasonably close but were eventually dismissed for 168 with youngsters Jamie Nowell with 5 for 34 and Euan Stewart with 3 for 30 the main wicket-takers.

Cup tie cancelled

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Overnight rain put paid to Greenock's first round Citylets Scottish Cup tie with Glenrothes. The tie will now be played next Sunday (20th), again at Glenpark.

Disappointing start for Greenock

Monday, May 7th, 2018

At the second time of asking, Greenock got their league campaign underway but it was a losing start as they were well beaten by Ayr at New Cambusdoon. After a delayed start, Greenock were inserted but found batting to be a struggle and they were eventually dismissed for just 84 in 40.5 overs. Harry Briggs top-scored with 19 and there were double figure contributions from Saurabh Bandekar, Rod Mountford and Sam Sanghera but overall it was a disappointing performance with the bat. In reply, Greenock fought hard and there was a good spell from new professional Bandekar, who claimed the only wicket of the innings as Ayr won by 9 wickets. Peter Hempsey has captured the salient points of the match in his weekly report.

There was better fortune for the Glenpark XI as they defeated Marress by 37 runs at Glenpark. Batting first, Glenpark scored 165 with Sehmat Pandher top-scoring with 56. Mr Extras also did well, amassing 56 as well. In reply, the Glenpark bowlers restricted Marress to 128 for 9 with young Cameron Calder picking up 4 wickets as Glenpark recorded their first win of the season.

The Hillend XI recorded a victory in a high-scoring friendly on Sunday against Torrance Community CC. Laurens Smit top-scored with a confidence-boosting 84* and Rod Mountford retired on 58 as Hillend reached 214 for 6 in their 40 overs. Torrance made a good fist of their reply, reaching 202 before being dismissed, with Murtaza scoring 93 and Greg McDougall taking 6 for 19.

April Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The April monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 28th April by Moira McInnes and the four lucky winners were Tessa Calder, Alex Wooler, Alan Park and Tom Baum. The winner of the April jackpot draw was Bobby McGill.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 26th 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.

Frustration at Glenpark

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

It was a frustrating day all round at Glenpark on Saturday when the ground did not pass an inspection by the umpires, who felt that there were areas that were not fit for play and called off the match with Dumfries. The teams however decided to get in some match practice and played a 25-overs match which Dumfries won by 4 wickets off the last ball of the game.

Meanwhile in Glasgow, the Glenpark XI got their WDCU Third Division season underway against Whiteinch but it all ended in disappointing fashion as they were comfortably defeated by their opponents. After a steady start from openers Ewan Stewart and Jamie Nowell, the rest of the batting fell away and Glenpark were dismissed for just 93 in the last of the scheduled 40 overs. Whiteinch lost no time in getting the runs, reaching their target in just 14 overs for the loss of two wickets.

March Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The March monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 31st March and the four lucky winners were Susan Hempsey, Maureen Harrison, Alan Currie and Iain Robertson.

Saurabh Bandekar signs as professional

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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

Saurabh is a 30-year-old top order bat and medium-pace bowler who plays for Goa in India and who has also featured in the IPL for both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders.

We look forward to welcoming Saurabh to Glenpark.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Following on from the publication of the Club's revised and enhanced Child Wellbeing and Protection Policy, it has now released its Anti-Bullying Policy document, which can be found here.

Child Wellbeing and Protection Policy

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

A comprehensive review of the way in which the club approaches the wellbeing and protection of our junior members has been undertaken. The new policy can be found here. The policy reflects safeguarding requirements and good practice in relation to cricket, taking cognisance of updated legislation and Scottish Executive guidance. All Club members have a contribution to make to ensure the wellbeing of children and should further information be required, please contact our CWPO, Colin McDougall.

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