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Another convincing win for Greenock

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

The 1st XI kept up their pursuit for promotion back to the Premier Division with another convincing win, this time against Hillhead. The Glasgow side batted first but never recovered from losing two wickets in the first over and were dismissed for just 110, with Gregor Chambers taking 3 for 25 while Ewan Stewart and Rod Mountford, in his first appearance of the season, both captured 2 wickets. Tom Nicholson got Greenock's reply off to a good start before he fell for 26. Harry Briggs and Lucas Fischer-Keogh then put together an unbeaten partnership of 74 to take Greenock to 113 for 1, Briggs being undefeated on 52 and Fischer-Keogh on 24. Once again, Peter Hempsey was in the thick of the action and he relays what happened in his weekly report.

The Glenpark XI made it a winning double and in doing so recorded their first league victory of the season when they defeated Galloway 2nd XI by 10 wickets. The visitors amassed 177 for 7 in their 40 overs with Eddie Ahmad taking 5 for 27. The Glenparkers knocked off the runs in just 27.4 overs without losing a wicket, skipper Peter Raj Janampally continuing his fine form of last week with 91 and Eddie Ahmad capped an excellent all-round performance with 70. A fine win at last and one achieved with just 9 players!

Greenock must maintain winning run when taking on Hillhead

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

The 1st XI travel up the M8 to Glasgow on Saturday to take on Hillhead in the last match of the first half of the league season. The pressure is on the team to maintain their winning run and keep up their push for promotion. On paper, this should be an easy win for Greenock as their opponents are currently sitting in the lower half of the table but matches are not won on paper and once again, there are availability issues for the team. Nonetheless, there is more than enough skill and experience in the team to bring back the 25 points. The match starts at 12 noon and for those not able to get to Hughenden can be watched online using this link.

The Glenpark XI are back at Glenpark on Saturday, their opppnents being Galloway 2nd XI who make the long trip north for the game. The team are searching for their first league win of the season and the 1st XI availability issues are not helping. However, whoever captains the team will be keen to be the man to record that first victory. The match will start at 12 noon.

The 1st XI's interest in the McCulloch Cup ended on Wednesday when, despite Ryan Walker's unbeaten 91, they lost to Renfrew by 2 wickets in the group match of the competition.

Greenock defeat GHK to claim second place in the league

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

The 1st XI moved into second place in the league with an easy win over GHK at Glenpark on Saturday. Batting first, they amassed an imposing total of 309 for 3 in their 50 overs with Tom Nicholson scoring his second century of the season with 101 off 103 balls. Ryan Walker with 67* and Harry Briggs 61 gave him great support. In reply, GHK were never close to reaching their target with only a 4th wicket stand of 89 by Nadeem and Iqbal enabling them to reach 141 as they were bowled out in 29.4 overs. Tom Nicholson with 4 for 34 and Ryan Walker 3 for 33 were the main wicket-takers and there were 2 wickets for skipper McDougall and 1 for Gregor Chambers. Peter Hempsey had a bird's-eye view of the action (see the scorecard) and he describes it all in his weekly report.

On Wednesday evening, the 1st XI play the last of their McCulloch Cup group games at Renfrew and should they win this and Kelburne lose to Ferguslie on the same evening, that might be enough for them to qualify for the knock-out stage.

The Glenpark XI were involved in a high-scoring game at Stirling. When they reached 196 for 2 in their 40 overs, they would have hoped that this would lead to a first league win but these hopes were quickly dashed when Williamfield made 200 for 1 in just 26 overs. Greenock's skipper, Jayaraj (Peter Raj) Janampally scored an unbeaten 102 but this fine innings was to no avail as Glenpark's bowlers could make no headway against the opposition batting.

No cricket this Saturday

Saturday, June 11th, 2022

There has been no repeat of last weekend's beautiful weather this Saturday and as a result the 1st XI's game with Renfrew is a casualty of the rain. The Glenpark XI have had to concede their game with Galloway 2nd XI due to a chronic shortage of available players.

There is the possible prospect of cricket at Glenpark on Sunday when the Western Warriors Under-17 team take on Eastern Knights Under-17s but there must be some concern that the ground will not be fit for play. Fingers crossed.

Greenock comfortably beat Drumpellier

Sunday, June 5th, 2022

On another beautifully sunny Saturday afternoon at Glenpark, Greenock got back on the winning trail with a comfortable 8-wicket win over Drumpellier. The visitors collapsed to 126 all out in the face of excellent spin bowling from Ryan Walker who took 7 for 24 in 9 overs. In reply, Greenock chased down that total with some ease, the two Aussies, Tom Nicholson and Ryan Walker, putting together an unbeaten partnership of 78 that kept Greenock in touch with the league leaders, Stenhousemuir and Kilmarnock. Peter Hempsey's weekly report has all the details of a fine win for the home side.

The Glenpark XI were roundly beaten by Renfrew 3rd XI in their Sunday Fourth Division encounter. After a sound start, they collapsed from 88 for 3 to be all out for 95. Renfrew had no difficulty in reaching their target, losing just 2 wickets in the 15 overs that it took them to win.

Greenock lose unbeaten league record

Saturday, May 28th, 2022

On a lovely sunny Saturday, Greenock surrendered their unbeaten league record when they lost to Stenhousemuir by 15 runs. As feared, the difference between the teams was the opposition professional, Danie Roussouw, who was far and away the highest-scoring batsman on the day with 74 out of his side's 156 all out. For Greenock both Tom Nicholson and Ryan Walker returned identical figures of 4 for 42. In reply, plenty of Greenock's batsmen got started but nobody was able to go on and play the match-winning innings. Tom Nicholson with 26 was the top scorer in Greenock's 141 for 9 in their 50 overs. Peter Hempsey's weekly report fills in the gaps in what was ultimately a disappointing day for the home side.

The Glenpark XI were well beaten by Anniesland in their Fourth Division encounter, being dismissed for 82, a total which Anniesland overtook for the loss of just 2 wickets.

Greenock keep their unbeaten league run going

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Greenock kept their winning run in the league going with a 71 run win over Irvine at Marress. Batting first, they were bowled out for a respectable 195 in the 50th over, Harry Briggs top scoring with 44. Cammy Calder chipped in with an unbeaten 23 at the end and there were a number of useful contributions from the rest of the order. Irvine found batting tough in reply and quickly slumped to 67 for 9. Only a late rally by their last pair brought their score up to 124 when their final wicket fell. Ryan Walker with 6 for 18 from his 10 overs was the outstanding bowler for Greenock. Full details on this win which keeps the team at the top of the First Division table can be read in Peter Hempsey's weekly report.

The Glenpark XI's match with Inverclyde was the victim of a saturated square which rendered play impossible.

Thumping win for Greenock over Poloc and weekend review

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Greenock recorded their second league win of the season when they thumped Poloc by 142 runs at sun-drenched Glenpark. And the man of the match was undoubtedly Tom Nicholson. The Aussie amateur stroked an unbeaten 156 in Greenock's 269 for 9, his innings, which included 26 4s and 1 six, being the joint 7th highest in the Club's history. He followed that up with 5 for 27 as Poloc were dismissed for 127 in reply, collapsing from 78 for 1. Also starring with the ball was Ryan Walker who took 4 for 26. More details on this fine win can be found in Peter Hempsey's weekly report.

The Club's Scottish Cup campaign ended just as soon as it started as top Edinburgh side, Carlton, proved to be too strong in their first round encounter at Grange Loan. Greenock would have been reasonably satisfied to have bowled out Carlton for 224 in 44 overs, Tom Nicholson claiming 5 for 41 with 2 wickets apiece for Gregor Chambers and Sam Sanghera. The team's reply was steady to start with but wickets began to fall regularly and after 32.4 overs, they were all out for 105, Ryan Walker remaining unbeaten on 35. Would a home tie next year be too much to ask for?

The Glenpark XI followed up last week's losing draw with a similar result at Larbert against The Tryst. An under-strength team fought doggedly to achieve that result after a long afternoon in the field.

Greenock make winning start to their league season

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Greenock made a winning start to their league season when they defeated East Kilbride by 65 runs at Torrance House. Batting first in a match reduced to 30 overs per side by mid-game rainfall, Greenock made 165 for 7, Ryan Walker scoring 44, Tom Nicholson 42 and Lukas Fischer-Keogh 27 but this total was then revised to 174 by DLS. This proved to be too much for their hosts who were bowled out in the last over of the game for 109. Walker with 4 for 22 capped an excellent all-round performance and there was one wicket each for Calder, Nicholson, Sanghera and skipper McDougall while Lukas Fischer-Keogh claimed 3 catches and 2 stumpings in a fine display behind the stumps. Peter Hempsey's weekly report provides more details on what was a fine start to Greenock's league campaign for 2022.

The Glenpark XI managed a losing draw with Bees in a high-scoring encounter at Glenpark in the Fourth Division. The Bees were put in to bat by Glenpark and after a slow start they eventually made 236 for 5 in their 40 overs. Glenpark tried hard to respond but were always behind the required run-rate and when their innings closed, they were 41 short on 195 for 7. Dave Sharma top-scored with 52 to go with his 2 wickets in the Bees innings.

April Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

The April monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 30th April by the Club's two Aussies, Tom Nicholson and Ryan Walker. The four lucky winners were Alan Park, Monika Fischer-Keogh, Donald McIntyre and Alan Holms. In addition, Maureen Harrison was the winner of the April Spring Jackpot prize. Congratulations to everyone on their wins.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 28th May 2022 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 using the details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

League opener falls victim to the rains

Sunday, May 1st, 2022

The weather forecast proved to be only too accurate on Saturday with the result that the opening fixture of Greenock's league season against Kilmarnock was abandoned without a ball being bowled. This was especially disappointing given the spell of dry weather leading up to the game and the forecast of another dry spell starting on Sunday. Certainly a case of poor timing.

Greenock complete pre-season campaign with loss to Renfrew

Monday, April 25th, 2022

Greenock completed their pre-season campaign of friendlies at Glenpark when they lost to Renfrew by two wickets in a high-scoring game, the winning runs coming with 9 balls of the game remaining. 82 from Tom Nicholson and an unbeaten 54 from Gregor Chambers were the highlights of Greenock's total of 172 for 5 in 40 overs. Renfrew's reply was perhaps aided by the fact that skipper Greg McDougall opted to use eight bowlers in an attempt to give as much match practice as possible. But kudos to Renfrew for their ultimately successful attempt to overtake Greenock's total, especially as they were 128 for 8 at one point in their innings.

Peter Hempsey provides more details in his weekly report.

Mixed fortunes for Greenock in season openers

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Greenock opened their 2022 season with a friendly against West of Scotland at Glenpark. The weather was not exactly conducive for cricket but Greenock can be reasonably satisfied with their start to the season. West made a strong start but after reaching 96 for 2, their innings somewhat subsided in the face of good bowling from Sam Sanghera (3 for 19) and young Aussie Ryan Walker (3 for 15) and they were dismissed for 142. Greenock made a promising reply but once they lost their second wicket at 81, they followed West's example and were eventually all out for 133, just 9 runs short. Greenock's other Aussie, Tom Nicholson, made 33 and Walker 18 but there was a decided look of rustiness about the rest of the batting. Nevertheless, there were some good signs about Greenock's play which bodes well for the coming league season.

On Sunday, these positive signs were in evidence when they defeated Hillhead by 6 wickets. The Glasgow side were dismissed for 122, with Eddie Ahmed claiming 3 for 32 and Sean Fischer-Keogh in his last appearance for Greenock before heading to play for Corstorphine, took 2 for 11. Greenock's reply was dominated by their two young Aussies, Ryan Walker scoring 57 before retiring and Tom Nicholson 39 as they reached their target in just 23.3 overs.

Peter Hempsey was on hand on both days to enable him to review the games in his first weekly report of the season.

March Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

The March monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was carried out on Saturday 26th March by Ronnie McGregor. The four lucky winners were Iain Scott, Bob Kelly, Holly Robertson and Allan Irvine. Congratulations to them on their wins.

Junior section news

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Junior training will be starting back on Wednesday 20th April at the usual time of 6.00 to 7:30pm. A new membership form will need to be completed by all parents/carers as per an update to Child Protection guidelines.

Mamie and Emily will be running an Easter camp from Monday 11th April to Friday 15th April from 9:30 am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:30pm. Should any child wish to attend, the cost will be £5 per day or £20 for the full week. Any child staying over lunch will need to be provided with a packed lunch and plenty of juice for throughout the day. Weather appropriate clothing should be worn and sun screen used should the weather require it.

2022 Scottish Cup draw

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

The draw for the 2022 Scottish Cup has just been announced and in a rerun of 2021 they will play Carlton at Grange Loan on Sunday 15th May. Indeed, this is the third successive time that Greenock have been drawn away to an Edinburgh side in the first round of the competition.

The full fixture list for the 1st XI can be found via the link at the right-hand side of this page.

2022 League fixtures released

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

The WDCU have just released the league fixtures for the coming season.

The 1st XI start their campaign for promotion back to the Premier Division on 30th April with a home match with Kilmarnock and games continue without a break unitl 27th August when Hillhead visit Glenpark.

The Glenpark XI are in an 8-team Fourth Division and due to that league's size this does mean that they won't have a game every Saturday. Indeed, August features just one fixture which is somewhat unfortunate.

The full fixture list for both teams can be found via the link at the right-hand side of this page.

Winter indoor training

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

Winter training starts at St Columba's School in Gourock on Thursday 3rd March from 7pm to 9pm and will continue on every Thursday in March. Skipper Greg McDougall is looking for a big turnout prior to what will be an important season for the Club after last year's disappointments.

Midweek Cup fixtures released

Monday, February 7th, 2022

The WDCU have released details of the midweek Cup competitions for the coming season.

The 1st XI have been drawn away to Kelburne in the Rowan Cup, the tie to be played on Thursday 2nd June. In the McCulloch Cup, there will be home and away fixtures with Ferguslie, Kelburne and Renfrew, the matches being played on Wednesday evenings from 18th May.

The Glenpark XI will play five fixtures in the Western Cup starting on Tuesday 17th May. They will play Meikleriggs and Dean Park at home with away fixtures at Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Whitehaugh.

Sir Robin Duthie (1928 - 2022)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

It is with great sadness that members have learnt of the passing on Tuesday 1st February of Sir Robin Duthie, the Club's Honorary President.

A determined left-handed bat, Sir Robin played his first game for the First Eleven in 1949 and when he retired in 1963 had scored 4668 runs at 20.93, nearly all of which were made at the top of the order. He was an important member of the 1952 team that achieved one of the most sweeping wins in the history of the Western Union.

He captained the Club in 1960 and 1961 and in both seasons was the leading run-scorer. In 1961 he scored four successive half-centuries in the Western Union, a feat never bettered in the Club's competitive history and at a time when runs in the Union were hard-earned. His only century came in the same year against Clydesdale when he scored 104* in partnership of 189 with Duncan Drummond who also reached treble figures.

Sir Robin never lost his interest in the Club and was proud to see his sons, David and Peter, follow him in performing with distinction for the Club and in Peter's case also for Scotland. He was elected Honorary President of the Club in December 2018, a position that he accepted with great pleasure.

There will be a private funeral on Saturday 19th February to be followed by a memorial service in Greenock West United Reformed Church in George Square at 12 noon.

Sir Robin's passing brings to an end a long and distinguished innings. Our sincere condolences go to his widow, Noel, and children, Susan, David and Peter and their families.

Sean Fischer-Keogh on his way to the Under-19 World Cup

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

Congratulations to Sean Fischer-Keogh on his selection for the 15-man Scottish squad for next month's Under-19 World Cup in the West Indies. The competition runs from 14th January to 5th February and Scotland are in action on the first day when they take on Sri Lanka in Guyana.

2021 Averages published

Monday, November 14th, 2021

The 1st XI averages for the 2021 season have now been compiled and can be seen via the link on the right-hand side of the screen. Not unsurprisingly, given the lack of success that the Club endured during the season, they do not make for easy reading.

The cumulative of the records for the Club, which currently go back to the 1931 season, have also been updated.

Greenock's season ends with a washout

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

The overnight rain put paid to the 1st XI's final game of the season against Stirling County and so endeth what has been one of the club's most disappointing seasons in its long and illustrious history. There is no glossing over the fact that results have not been what the club's players and supporters would have wanted. The onus is now on the club's hierarchy to rebuild and ensure that its place in the top division is reclaimed.

As indicated earlier, the Glenpark XI were forced to concede their final fixture, away to Galloway 2nd XI.

Sean Fischer-Keogh in Scotland Under-19 squad

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

The club is delighted with the news that Sean Fischer-Keogh has been included in the 14-strong Scotland Under-19 squad to play in the European qualifying tournament for the 2022 Under-19 World Cup. The squad play 3 matches against Ireland, Netherlands and Jersey with the top two teams meeting to decide which country will qualify for the finals. The games take place from 19 to 25 September at Desert Springs, near Almeria in Spain. Everyone at Glenpark wishes Sean all the very best for the tournament.

Jack Russell at Glenpark

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

An interested spectator at Glenpark on Saturday 14th August when Ferguslie played Greenock was ex-England wicketkeeper and now professional artist, Jack Russell. However, Jack was not there to watch the game but rather to work. He had been commissioned by Ken Godsman, ex-Greenock captain, to paint a picture of Glenpark. During the day he found time to converse with the many spectators, including the Ferguslie posse, who wanted to know more about his work. More details on his visit can be read in this article, which is published with the kind permission of the Greenock Telegraph.

Index of history articles

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

In 2020, when no cricket was played due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a number of articles relating to the history of the Club were published on the website. These can be read via this link.

Club records now updated back to 1931

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

The Club records have been updated again, this time to cover the years from 1931 to 1937. Each year that has been added to the archives has a summary of all games played by the 1st XI together with full averages, selected scorecards and a short review of the season. The cumulative records of the Club have also similarly been updated.

This new update covers the years when the Club's professional was Reg Hollingdale, from Sussex, who can reasonably be claimed to be one of the best professionals employed by the Club. During this time, the Club won the Western Union title on two occasions while there were any number of memorable games, not least the time when Jack Hobbs played at Glenpark in June 1935. 1937, though it did not result in title or cup success, was a year when there were some outstanding personal performances, such as John Kerr hitting two centuries in four days at the age of 52.

As with previous updates, there a number of caveats that need to be kept in mind and these are detailed in this brief article.

Work will now start on the next update which is likely to cover the years from 1925 to 1930.

View all articles published in 2021