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McCulloch Cup quarter-final on Wednesday

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The Appeal Committee has rejected the complaint against Ayr and as a result the McCulloch Cup quarter-final between Ayr and Greenock will go ahead on Wednesday coming, the 26th, at Cambusdoon starting at 6.15pm. The weather looks very promising so all is set fair for the game.

Still no win for Greenock

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The league has reached its halfway point and Greenock remain in second-bottom place, having lost all seven matches played to date. Their latest defeat was yet another close game, this time a loss by 2 wickets to Poloc. Greenock won the toss and batted, scoring 178 before being dismissed. Saurabh Bandekar was the top-scorer with 69 with Zac Barrenechea adding 24 but the team would be disappointed to lose its last three wickets for just one run with two overs unused. In reply Poloc were struggling at 41 for 5 but a partnership of 130 between Howard and Kess Sajjad was the match-winner. A late flurry of wickets gave the glimmer of an unlikely win but it was not to be.

A full report of another game where Greenock seemed to be heading for victory only to come up short can be read here.

The Glenpark XI ended up playing a friendly on Saturday against Kirkstyle after the latter's game against Bute County was conceded by the islanders and came out on top by 6 runs.

McCulloch Cup update

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Greenock have qualified for the quarter-finals of the McCulloch (West League) Cup after their final game with Ferguslie on Wednesday was washed out. The competition has been badly affected by the weather this season with many games cancelled or abandoned. It could be argued that this was to Greenock's advantage as neither of their games with the group winners, Ferguslie, was completed. On the other hand, it could also be argued that Greenock are due a bit of good luck this season. Whatever way you look at it, the Club will take it and attempt to use it to its advantage.

The quarter-finals are due to be played on Wednesday 26th June and Greenock were down to play the winners of the South group away from home. That would appear to be Ayr but they have been sanctioned 4 points for playing an ineligible player and if that decision stands - Ayr have appealed against it - then Prestwick will top the section and that is who Greenock will play. If the appeal decision is made over the weekend, then the game will go ahead on 26th June but if the decision is delayed then it will be played on the following Wednesday, 3rd July.

Greenock face another crucial game

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The 1st XI are away to Poloc on Saturday in what is another crucial encounter for the team. Poloc have been down in the relegation area but wins in their last 2 games have moved them up to the relative safety of mid-table. Greenock know that they must get a win on board or they are likely to become stranded at the foot of the table. Injuries and lack of availability have hit the team hard and there is hope that Saturday's team will be stronger than of late. The match starts at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI have no league game this weekend but a friendly match with Marress has been organised for Saturday at Glenpark with a 1pm start.

Junior league cricket continues on Friday with Irvine Under-11s visiting Glenpark and the Under-14s travelling to play Glasgow Accies. On Monday, the Under-16s are at home to Stirling County. These matches start around 6pm.

So near and yet so far for Greenock

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Another Saturday and another rain-affected game for Greenock. A delayed start meant that it was a 30 overs per side game. Winning the toss and batting first, Stirling County were dismissed for 144 with 3 more wickets for Saurabh Bandekar but the DLS recalculation that followed a brief rain interruption early in Greenock's reply saw that score revised to 129 in 26 overs. Greenock came up tantalisingly close being just 6 runs short at the end of the 26th over and with 4 wickets in hand.

A full report of what was a short but compelling game is available here.

The Glenpark XI went down to a 7 wicket loss to Hamilton Crescent, their total of 126 being overtaken by the opposition quite comfortably. Peter Pan Robertson top-scored for Glenpark with 33 and Kevin Flack (19) and Ally Calder (14) were the others in double figures. Dave Sharma was another to roll back the years, taking 2 of the 3 wickets to fall in his 10 overs.

Still no league win for Greenock

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Greenock are still searching for their first league win of the season after losing to Ferguslie by 71 runs in a rain-affected game. Ferguslie won the toss and elected to bat and reached 172 for 4 in their 40 overs. However, the interruption to their innings meant that DLS recalculated Greenock's target to win to be 219 and they never really challenged that, being bowled out for 147.

Full details of a match which provided a few talking points for the spectators are provided in our weekly report.

Greenock exit Scottish Cup at Grange

Monday, June 10th, 2019

As feared, Greenock found Grange too strong for them in Sunday's first round Scottish Cup tie at Raeburn Place. Greenock won the toss and elected to bat first but were dismissed for 130 in the 46th over. Neil Flack top-scored with 42 runs and three other batsmen got into double figures, Rod Mountford scoring 19 and Bandekar and Sanghera 15 each.

But the top East League side, one of the favourites to lift the trophy this season, eased to a comfortable seven wickets win when they batted thanks to an unbroken fourth wicket partnership worth 90 runs between Mackintosh not out 70 and Dickinson not out 42. For Greenock, Indian professional Bandekar captured all three of the Grange wickets, at a cost of just 18 runs.

Midweek washout - almost

Friday, June 7th, 2019

The weather continues to play havoc with the cricketing schedule. Tuesday evening's Western Cup tie between the Glenpark XI and Vale of Leven never started and on Wednesday evening the McCulloch Cup sectional game at Glenpark against Kelburne was abandoned with Greenock in a strong postion. Batting first in poor conditions, Greenock scored 110 for 5 in their 16 overs, Sehmat Pandher top-scoring with 30, and in reply Kelburne has slumped to 30 for 4 after 7 overs, with Sam Sanghera taking 3 for 8 when the umpires deemed the rain to be too heavy for play to continue.

However, a full game was played on Thursday evening when the Glenpark XI won an exciting match with Meikleriggs in the Western Cup by just 1 wicket. Meikleriggs scored 86 for 9 in their 20 overs with 2 wickets apiece for Dave Sharma, Sean Fischer-Keogh and Aryan Sanghera. In reply, Glenpark were indebted to a fine unbeaten 20 from Lukas Fischer-Keogh as they scrambled home in the last over with the last pair at the crease.

No joy for Greenock at Uddingston

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Greenock's batting frailities were once more in view on Saturday when they were bowled out for 85 chasing what seemed a gettable total of 134. Only Saurabh Bandekar (35) and Mr Extras (32) reached double figures as the potent home attack proved too much for the Greenock batting line-up. Earlier the bowlers had done well to dismiss Uddingston so cheaply, with Bandekar and Sehmat Pandher both picking up 3 wickets, although they would have been disappointed to let Uddingston regroup from 87 for 7. The home side's tail showed the Greenock batsmen just what was required as the last 3 wickets put on 45 on a pitch that inevitably gave assistance to the bowlers, after the prolonged rain leading up to the game.

Peter Hempsey has gathered together the details for his weekly report of a game which sums up Greenock's performances this season - fine bowling and fielding followed by some indifferent batting.

The Glenpark XI gained the most facile of victories when their 10 men beat the 7 men of Bute County by 10 wickets. The visitors could only reach 33 in their innings before being dismissed and youngsters Tom Forrest (10) and PJ Bryceland (21) knocked off those runs in just over 3 overs.

May Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The May monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 25th May by Elinor McDougall and the four lucky winners were David Glancy, Martin McNab, Isobel Robinson and Hilda Kelly.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 29th June 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.

Too wet for cricket

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

The curse of a wet Saturday struck again when persistent rain ruled out the prospect of any play for both the 1st XI and the Glenpark XI. What makes that especially galling is the fact that the weather during the week would have been perfect for cricket. The joys of a Scottish summer!

Last ball ecstasy in McCulloch Cup

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

After last week's last -ball to defeat to Kelburne in the McCulloch Cup, it was Greenock's turn on Wednesday evening to gain a last-ball victory when they defeated Renfrew at Dean Park by virtue of losing fewer wickets when the scores finished level. Greenock chased down Renfrew's 134 for 6 for the loss of just 4 wickets, Saurabh Bandekar scoring 42 and Zac Barranechea remaining undefeated on 41 with what was the match-winning innings.

On the previous evening, the Glenpark XI were well beaten by Whitehaugh in the Western Cup, only managing to score 71 for 8 when chasing the Paisley side's 139 for 5.

Greenock unable to break league duck

Monday, May 20th, 2019

On a damp and dismal day at Glenpark on Saturday, Greenock fell to a third league defeat when they lost by 6 wickets to Prestwick. Saurabh Bandekar did his best to prevent the loss, hitting 85 in Greenock's innings of 191 and then taking 3 for 28 in his 10 overs when Prestwick chased down a revised DLS target of 190, 2 overs having been lost in the first innings due to a rain stoppage. Saurabh's efforts were ultimately in vain as Prestwick started with an opening partnership of 111 and eased to a comfortable win.

Our usual correspondent, Peter Hempsey, was not available this week but we have roped in an understudy, who wishes to remain anonymous, to describe the action in a game where Greenock showed signs of improvement in their batting.

The Glenpark XI suffered no better as they lost by 8 wickets to the Kirkstyle XI at Kilmarnock. Batting first, Glenpark were bowled out for 157, a total that owed much to the efforts of Peter Pan Robertson who scored 71. Jamie Nowell scored 22 and took one of the two wickets that fell as Kirkstyle easily overtook the Glenpark total.

Last ball agony in McCulloch Cup

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Greenock suffered the agony of a last-ball defeat on Wednesday evening against Kelburne at Whitehaugh. Defending a total of 101 for 5 in their 20 overs, they were beaten by a last-ball boundary by their Paisley opponents who finished on 104 for 8.

There was better news for the Glenpark XI on Tuesday evening as they defeated Dean Park (Renfrew's 2nd XI) by 28 runs. Rod Mountford with 59 not out and Ewan Stewart, 24 not out, were the main contributors in Glenpark's 128 for 4. Mountford and Sam Sanghera both took 3 for 10 as Dean Park were restricted to 100 for 9 in their reply.

Greenock fall to Smith's deadly bowling

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Greenock fell to another defeat when they lost to West of Scotland by 22 runs on Saturday. Saurabh Bandekar and Jonathan Hempsey were again in form with the ball, the former taking 6 for 28 and the latter 3 for 52 as West were bowled out for 116 in just 25.5 overs. Greenock struggled in their reply but despite 39 from Bandekar, they were bowled out for 94, suffering another collapse, this time when well placed at 82 for 4. Four wickets fell at this score as Gavin Smith ripped through Greenock's middle order and tail-end. He finished with 7 for 15, which included a scarcely believable 5 wickets in 5 balls.

Our correspondent, Peter Hempsey, was once again playing for the Glenpark XI, but has found time to provide the details in his weekly report of what has to be said was another disappointing display by the Greenock batsmen.

The Glenpark XI recorded their first victory of the season when they defeated Galloway 2nd XI by 90 runs. The match was a personal triumph for two of the more mature members of the team. Skipper Ally Calder hit an unbeaten 51 and followed that with 3 for 28 whilst Kevin Flack, in his first game of the season, scored 41 and took 4 for 4 in 7 overs. Well played, gentlemen! Amongst the younger fraternity, Cammie Calder scored 27 and Aryan Sanghera took 2 for 29.

April Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

The April monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 28th April by Olivia Farrell and the four lucky winners were Iain Scott, Wilson Evans, Rona Lochhead and Vivien McLean.

The April jackpot draw was also conducted on that day and the lucky winner was Colin McCahill.

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.

2019 League fixtures announced

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The fixtures for the 2019 league season have been released and somewhat belatedly have been loaded on to this site - see the links on the right-hand side of this page.

The 1st XI start their campaign on 27th April with a home fixture against newly-promoted East Kilbride and will then play the other promoted side, Drumpellier, at Coatbridge on the following Saturday. The season ends with a visit from Poloc on Saturday 24th August.

The Glenpark XI, after their relegation last season, will play in the 9-team Fourth Division and they start their season with an away fixture against Glasgow South. Their final game of the season will be a week later than that of the 1st XI when Kingholm will be the visitors to Glenpark. As well as fixtures against two local sides, Inverclyde and Bute County, which are sure to be keenly contested, the team will have to travel twice to the South of the country to take on Kingholm and Galloway 2nd XI.

A rather unwelcome feature of the season is the fact that there will be two Saturdays when there will be no game at Glenpark - 22nd June and 10th August. No doubt the weather on those days will be warm and sunny!!

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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