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The 1st XI season ends in a whimper

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

The 1st XI's season ended without any action as Glenpark was deemed unfit for play, despite strenuous efforts to get the ground playable. This is the fourth game that has been cancelled out of the last five which eloquently shows the effect that the weather has had in the latter part of the season. Ah well, roll on 2020!

Greenock host Poloc in last league game of 2019  

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The 1st XI play their last game of the season on Saturday at Glenpark against Poloc, safe in the knowledge that their place in Premier Division for next season is assured, irrespective of the result of this game. Had the weather not intervened in the last two weeks, it is likely that this game would have had much more significance. As it is, the two teams can enjoy the game without any pressure. Having said that, Greenock will be keen to end the season on a high note. And for the first time in August, it would appear that the forecast for the game is a favourable one. The match starts at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI have no game this week. Their final game of the season will be played at Glenpark on the following Saturday (31st).

The Hillend XI have organised a friendly with an Irvine XI on Sunday at Glenpark, the match starting at 1pm.

The weather wins again ... and Greenock are safe

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

The 1st XI's game with Stirling County has been called off due to New Williamfield being unfit for play due to the unremitting rain that has fallen in the past few weeks. With Drumpellier's game with Clydesdale also being cancelled, this means that Greenock's place in the Premier Division is secured, irrespective of what happens in the last games of the season next week.

The Glenpark XI's game at Glenpark did go ahead and they secured a fine win over Hamilton Crescent by 83 runs. Batting first, they knocked up 169 for 8 in their 40 overs with young Cammy Calder top-scoring with 53. In reply, Hamilton Crescent were never really in the hunt and were bowled out for 86, Tom Forrest taking 4 for 9 and Dave Sharma 3 for 22.

Another blank weekend

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

As feared the weather has taken its toll of the Saturday league fixtures. The Glenpark XI's fixture at Dumfries against Kingholm was an early casualty which at least saved the team from an unnecessary long journey and not long after that, word came through that Meikleriggs was unplayable for the 1st XI match due to the torrential rain that had been experienced on Friday. What a summer!

Greenock come up just short - yet again

Monday, August 5th, 2019

For what seems the umpteenth time this season, Greenock came up just short, this time in a tense struggle with league leaders Uddingston. On a pitch made tricky by the recent poor weather, Greenock bowled out their visitors for just 102 with an excellent bowling and fielding display, spear-headed by Sean Fischer-Keogh who took 4 for 32 and rounded off the innings with a hat-trick. They made a decent start in reply, being 53 for 3 at one stage of their innings, but the depth of the Uddingston bowling proved too much in the end and Greenock fell just short by 18 runs.

Peter Hempsey's weekly report gives all the details of a match where Greenock came so close to a shock result.

Recognition for Saurabh Bandekar

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Greenock's Indian professional, Saurabh Bandekar, whose form has been outstanding in the Premier Division this season, has been called up to play for the Western Warriors against the Eastern Knights at the Grange in Edinburgh next Monday, 5th August in a T20 fixture. Everyone at Glenpark is delighted at this recognition of Saurabh's fine performances this season.

July Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

The July monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 27th July and the four lucky winners were Martin McNab, Iain Robertson, Linda McDougall and Stewart Robinson.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 31st August for the usual prizes. The Autumn special jackpot will be drawn during the Marquee Weekend on Saturday 7th September.

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.

It's a Washout

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

The predicted rain for Saturday made its expected entrance in the morning and put paid to the 1st XI's match with Clydesdale. With every match in the Premier Division falling foul of the weather - why does a poor weekend without fail, it would seem, follow lovely weather during the week? - it is a case of as you were in the league table with just 4 games remaining.

The Glenpark XI did start their game at Glenpark against Inverclyde but the rain came in from the east and brought the game to an abrupt conclusion with the visitors on 60 for 4 after 20 overs.

Greenock's winning run ends

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Greenock's winning run came to an end when they were comfortably beaten by title-chasing Prestwick. The home team made 229 for 6 in their innings and Greenock were never really in the hunt, eventually ending up 86 runs behind, dismissed for 143. Saurabh Bandekar was, as ever, in the runs, hitting 63 while Chirag Pandher was the leading wicket-taker with 3 for 35.

Peter Hempsey's weekly report provides full details on what was ultimately a disappointing defeat for the team..

The Glenpark XI's run of wins also came to an end when they lost to league leaders Kirkstyle by 27 runs. Kirkstyle batted first and scored 189 for 6 in their 40 overs which was a challenging score but Glenpark gave a good response in reply, spearheaded by Dave Sharma who scored a fine unbeaten 50, but ultimately they came up short, bowled out for 162.

Three in a row for Greenock

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Greenock made it three league wins in a row and as a result climbed to 7th in the table when they defeated much-fancied West of Scotland by 1 wicket off the second last ball of a pulsating game. The victory was due to a simply wonderful innings from Saurabh Bandekar who scored an unbeaten 104. At one stage Greenock were 88 for 6 chasing West's total of 200 all out but Bandekar supported by the lower order turned the game on its head. Sean Fischer-Keogh was Greenock's best bowler with 3 for 26 but this was a terrific team win and the winning run is a testament to all the players pulling together.

Once again, our correspondent, Peter Hempsey, was playing for the Glenpark XI but he has gathered together all the pertinent details of an enthralling game in hisweekly report.

The Glenpark XI also made it three league wins in a row when they made the long journey down to Gatehouse of Fleet worthwhile by beating Galloway 2nd XI by 90 runs. Star of the show was young Cammy Calder who hit his maiden century of 108 in Glenpark's innings of 215 for 3. Not content with that, he then took 4 for 8 in 8 overs as Galloway were dismissed for 125. Another of Greenock's promising youngsters, Lukas Fischer-Keogh was also prominent, scoring 31 and taking 2 for 7.

June Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Monday, July 1st, 2019

The June monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 29th June and the four lucky winners were Ian Henley, Neill Cook, Alan Holms and Alastair McMillan.

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.

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.

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.

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