The 1st XI head down the coast to Irvine on Saturday with the sole aim of keeping their winning run going and maintaining that push for promotion. Nothing else will do and the team will be fully focussed on getting that all important victory. Irivne have had a good season so far with some impressive victories and Greenock need to be aware of that and not just assume that a win is a given. Last week's nail-biting win over Stirling shows that there is no such thing as an easy game at this stage of the season but equally it demonstrated the resolve and will to win that exists within the team at the moment. The match starts at the usual time of 12 noon.
On Sunday, the 1st XI will make another attempt to play their WU40 Cup quarter-final tie with Clydesdale at Glenpark. The Glasgow side will provide the sternest of tests for Greenock as they have a strong claim to be the best team in the west of Scotland at present. In their side is likely to be ex-Greenock star, Richie Berrington, fresh from hitting 171 this week for Scotland A against Gloucestershire 2nd XI. This game will start at 1pm.
The Glenpark XI are at home to Marress on Saturday in the Reserve League. After last Saturday's close encounter with Williamfield, the team will be confident of securing victory against a side that has struggled so far this season. The match starts at 12 noon.
The Hillend XI were due to play Hillhead at Glenpark on Sunday in the Sunday League but this game has had to be cancelled due to the WU40 cup tie.
Finally, more congratulations are due to Louis Ware, who followed up his earlier 98 for Scotland Under-17s with a fighting top score of 50 against Leicestershire Under-17s in midweek.
The rains relent and Greenock grab exciting win
After 3 Saturdays of inactivity, Greenock were back in action at Glenpark today and in a nailbiting finish, they prevailed by just 1 wicket against Stirling County to stay hot on the heels of league leaders Poloc. Stirling had earlier posted 182 for 8 in their 50 overs, with Neil Flack again headlining with 4 for 28, well supported by Declan White who took 3 for 34. In response to this Greenock were indebted to Declan's undefeated 44 to see them over the line, Sehmat Pandher being the other main contributor with 40. With Poloc and West of Scotland also winning today, it is as you were at the top of the table. Peter Hempsey was on hand to watch the action and having recovered his breath, has detailed it in his usual weekly report.
The Glenpark XI made it a winning double when they overcame Williamfield by just 4 runs in the Reserve League. Harry Briggs followed up his century of last week with 77 as Glenpark scored 162 for 6 in their 50 overs. Williamfield tried hard to reach that total but fell agonisingly (for them, if not for Glenpark!) short by just 4 runs when they were dismissed for 158.
Poloc WU40 Cup tie off - but Greenock win!
The much-delayed WU40 2nd round cup tie with Poloc was scheduled for Wednesday but the overnight and early morning storms rendered Shawholm unfit for play. The tie therefore has had to be decided by the toss of a coin and the winner is .... Greenock! This means a home tie against Clydesdale this coming Sunday.
Young Greenock cricketers shine for Scotland
Two young Greenock cricketers have excelled today when playing for their Scottish representative sides.
Louis Ware rescued Scotland Under-17s after they had slumped to 80 for 5 in reply to Lincolnshire Under-17s first innings total of 234. He was unfortunately dismissed just 2 short of what would have been a well-deserved century which enabled the Scots to take first-innings points in the 2-day game. Hard luck, Louis, but really well played.
Not to be undone, Abigail Calder captured her first international wicket when playing for Scotland Under-17 girls against the Netherlands, played at the Bromsgrove cricket festival. In a match which Scotland won by 244 runs, Abigail produced figures of 1 for 12 in 6 overs, 2 of which were maidens. Well done, Abigail, and congratulations from everyone at Glenpark.
1st XI games called off again
The 1st XI suffered a third successive Saturday cancellation when the umpires called off the game with Glasgow Accies at New Anniesland after they deemed that the surrounds to the pitch were too dangerous for play. To compound matters, the WU40 Cup match with Poloc at Shawholm was abandoned after just 3 overs when one of the bowler's run-ups was deemed unfit for play. Not sure at this point when this game will now be played.
The Glenpark XI did play at Glenpark and it was a case of runs galore as over 500 runs were scored in a match that was eventually won by Anniesland by 75 runs. The Glasgow team scored 307 for 7 in their 50 overs but Glenpark made a good fist of their reply with young Harry Briggs reaching his maiden century in senior cricket with an undefeated 109 in a total of 232 for 5.
Greenock bow out of Scottish Cup
At the fourth time of asking, Greenock finally met Carlton on Tuesday evening in the Citylets Scottish Cup quarter-final. As feared, the Edinburgh proved to be just too strong for Greenock, running out winners by 47 runs in a 20-over match.
Greenock started well and had Carlton struggling early on, reducing them to 39 for 4 in the 9th over. But they couldn't sustain the pressure and Carlton eventually finished on 122 for 9, with Neil Flack taking 4 for 19 and Declan White 3 for 19. Greenock lost early wickets in their reply and could not get back in the game after that, finishing on 75 for 9 with Declan White top-scoring on 26.
Another weekend washout
For the second successive weekend all senior cricket for Greenock was washed out by the weather. The top of the table clash between the 1st XI and Poloc was an early casualty on Saturday morning, with the Reserve League fixture between Glenpark and Shawholm going the same way.
It then quickly became apparent that the Citylets Scottish Cup quarter-final against Carlton on Sunday had no hope of going ahead. After a lot of phone calls, and much confusion and misunderstandings involving the teams and the officials, it was agreed that the two teams would convene again, for the very last time, at Glenpark on Tuesday 12th July for a 20/20 game to decide who would go ahead to play Arbroath in the semi-finals on Sunday 17th July. It is hoped to start the game at 6.15pm.
First details have just been announced for the 2016 Gig on the Green festival which takes place on Sunday 4th September this year.
After the resounding success of last year's event, music lovers throughout Inverclyde have been looking forward to the 2016 version, keen to learn just who will be performing this time around. More details will be released in due course.
Today's Citylets Scottish Cup quarter-final against Carlton has been called off as Glenpark is still unplayable due to the frequent heavy showers of recent days. The teams will reconvene nest Sunday at Glenpark when a result will need to be obtained, even if that involves the dreaded bowl-out, as the semi-finals are scheduled for July 17th. This of course means that annual T20 festival and the 1st XI's WU40 Cup-tie with Poloc, both due next Sunday, cannot go ahead. What happens with them will be revealed in due course, after our doughty Fixture Secretary, Jim Lepick, scratches his head and tries to find a way out of this impasse.
This follows on yesterday's double cancellation of the 1st XI and Glenpark XI games against Weirs. Where did summer go?
June Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The June monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw was made on Saturday 25th June by Fiona Harvey, wife of Blair & Bryden partner Peter Harvey, and the four lucky winners were Jamie McDowell, Kevin Flack, Greg McDougall and Brian Lang.
The next monthly draw will take place on Saturday 30th July 2016 for the usual prizes.
There are presently around 130 members of the draw but additional numbers are still being sought. Remember, the more members, the bigger the prizes. If you wish to join, please contact either Peter Hempsey or Brian Papworth at the numbers or email addresses as listed here.
Greenock race to victory over Hillhead and go top
Greenock overcame the challenge of Hillhead quite comfortably with a 9-wicket victory over their Glasgow opponents and with Poloc's game with Irvine being abandoned, they duly went to the top of the WDCU First Division. Declan White and Neil Flack both took 3 wickets as Hillhead were dismissed for just 88 and Flack continued his good form with an unbeaten 33 whilst Phil McIntosh contributed 30 and Damon Rootes 22 not out as Greenock knocked off the runs in less than 11 overs. Peter Hempsey describes the action, as Greenock raced to beat the rain as well as Hillhead, in his weekly match report.
The Glenpark XI were also victorious, defeating Hughenden by 13 runs in an exciting game. Chirag Pandher contributed 80 in Glenpark's total of 174 whilst William Goan took 3 for 45 as Hillhead were restricted to 161 all out.
Neil Flack too much for St Michael's
Greenock easily overcame the challenge of St Michael's, thanks in the main to a superb spell of bowling from Neil Flack, who took a career-best 8 for 22, including a hat-trick, which saw St Michael's dismissed for just 75. Greenock quickly knocked off the runs to win by 8 wickets, with Damon Rootes unbeaten on 36. Peter Hempsey provides the details on another fine win.
The Glenpark XI emulated their big brothers with a crushing 9 wickets win over Kingholm at Glenpark. Chirag Pandher was the star man, taking 3 for 1 as Kingholm were dismissed for 130 and then stroking 79 in Greenock's reply of 131 for 1. William Goan was the star with the ball, taking 6 for 39 and Harry Briggs scored an undefeated 38. So all in all a good day for the Glenpark youngsters.
Parent Welcome Pack
The Club has updated its Parent Welcome Pack. The aim of this pack is to provide parents and junior players, both new and existing, with information about the club, the coaching and what is expected of players, coaches and parents. The revised document can be viewed here.
May Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The May monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw was made on Saturday 28th May by visiting Grange member and ex-Gourockian, Robin Pollok, and the four lucky winners were Jim Hempsey, Nigel Wright, Graham White and Enid McDonald.
Award for Neil Flack
Congratulations to Neil Flack on being named Inverclyde Junior Sports Personality for 2015. A well deserved honour.
We would also like to congratulate two veterans of Inverclyde Cricket, Jim Murphy and John Blair, who were also honoured at last night's Inverclyde Sports Awards ceremony. A good night for cricket in Greenock.
The West Regional Development Centre Under-14 Challenge Series starts on Sunday with a match between the Foxes and the Eagles at Hamilton Crescent. Featuring for the former will be Tom Forrest whilst Jamie Nowell is selected for the Eagles. A third side, the Sharks, comes into the competition on the following Sunday and a third Greenock youngster, Sean Fischer-Keogh, is a member of their squad. Good luck to all 3 youngsters during the season.
Neil Flack was involved in the first CS Pro20 Blitz match on Sunday when he opened for the Western Warriers against the Caley Highlanders at Titwood. Unfortunately, Neil was dismissed for 4 as the Warriers failed to chase down the Highlanders' imposing total of 177, spearheaded by a coruscating ton by Craig Wallace.
The club has recently formalised its policy regarding the principle of sports equality and the resulting document can be reviewed here. Anyone who wishes to make a comment on the document should do so by contacting the Club Secretary.
Members and friends of the Club will be sorely saddened by the news of the passing of Jim Mitchell. Jim was a devoted supporter of the Club over many years, not just at Glenpark but at the grounds in Scotland wherever Greenock played.
He served as President in 1989 and 1990, a period which included the first time that Gordon Greenidge played for the club which in itself involved more work than might be expected for a President. Jim, however, took it all in his stride. He also acted as unpaid auditor of the Club's finances, a role which he undertook for many years and which he only relinquished at last December's AGM due to his increasing ill-health.
Jim will be fondly remembered by his multitude of friends at Glenpark, which is a sadder place for his passing. Our sincerest condolences go to his wife, Rona, and his family.