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Greenock triumph again - Cup tie off

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Greenock made it two league wins in a row when they pulled off a terrific win over Ayr at Glenpark on a day when the forecast storms more or less failed to materialise. Harry Briggs was the main man with the bat, hitting his maiden league half-century with a splendid 58. There was also a crucial unbeaten 31 from Chris Hempsey towards the end of Greenock's innings which ended at 193 for 8.

Ayr got off to a rollicking start but once their opening pair, Smith and Papps, were removed, Greenock got on top and ran out deserved winners by 38 runs. Louis Ware with 3 for 15 and Kyle Scrimegour with 3 for 18 were the top performers with the ball.

Peter Hempsey has just about got his breath back and has been able to produce this report on a terrific team performance.

The Glenpark XI featured in another close run game and this time they were successful, bringing home the points by virtue of a 6 run victory in what was a high-scoring encounter. Chirag Pandher top-scored with 54 as Glenpark were dismissed for 218. They successfully defended this total in a tight finish, the wickets being shared out amongst the Glenpark attack.

Today's Citylets Scottish Cup tie has been called off as Langloan was deluged by the storms that missed Glenpark. The tie will now be played next Sunday, 4th June.

May Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The May monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 27th May by umpire Ronnie Martin and the four lucky winners were Shailesh Prabhu, Linda McDowell, Charlie Stewart and Steve Kelly.

The next draw will take place on Saturday 24th 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 either Peter Hempsey or Brian Papworth at the contact details to be found at the Contacts link at the top of this page.

1st XI face a busy week - UPDATED

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

This coming week is an exceptionally busy one for the 1st XI. Wednesday evening saw the first of three games in succession at Glenpark, when high-flying Ferguslie were the visitors in the McCulloch Cup - the original name of the West League Cup - and left with a five run victory. Irvine were next up on Thursday in the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup and this time Greenock came out on top by 19 runs. On Saturday free-scoring Ayr come to Glenpark in the WDCU Premier Division while on Sunday, the team travel to Coatbridge to take on Drumpellier in the second round of the Scottish Cup. There will be some tired bodies after this sequence of games!

Greenock face another busy weekend

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The 1st XI, buoyed by their win at Whitehaugh last weekend, will look to maintain that good form when Ayr visit Glenpark on Saturday. But that will not be an easy matter as Ayr are a free-scoring side with a top order that is brim full of runs. The onus will very much be on Greenock's bowlers to make early inroads into that top order, otherwise it could be a long afternoon in the field. The match is due to start at 12 noon but whether it finishes is very much in the lap of the weather gods - the current forecast does not look promising. We live in hope.

On Sunday, the 1st XI travel to Coatbridge to play Drumpellier in the second round of the Citylets Scottish Cup. Drumps were relegated to the First Division at the end of last season and have struggled at times this year but they did record a fine win over Weirs in the first round of this competition and must not be under-estimated if Greenock want to make further progress. This match will start at 12 noon.

The Glenpark XI make the long trip to Dumfries on Saturday to play Kingholm (St Michael's 2nd XI) still looking for that elusive first league win. They too will have a wary eye on the weather but if they make it to Dumfries, then the match will start at 12 noon.

There is no game at Glenpark on Sunday.

Friday evening sees the Under-11 XI play Uddingston at Glenpark in the Under-11 League. The Under-13s host Glasgow Accies at Glenpark on Monday evening in the Under-13 league while the Under-18s, who are combined with Helensburgh, start their league campaign at Accies on the same night.

Greenock break their league duck

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Greenock won their first league game of the season but they did so in heart-stopping fashion. Batting first, Kelburne were dismissed for just 68 in 20.4 overs of a 43 overs per side match, Julian Hulbert and stand-in skipper, Neil Flack both taking 4 for 25. Greenock made really heavy weather of reaching their target and did so with their last men at the wicket, Chris Hempsey, nursing a badly injured thumb, striking the match-winning boundary. Neil Flack top-scored with 27 and Kyle Scrimegour with 14 and Aidan Forrest 11 were the other batsmen in double figures.

Peter Hempsey was unavailable this week to produce the match report but we have prevailed upon a Pulitzer Prize winner, who not unnaturally wishes to remain anonymous, to produce this masterpiece of a report on an unforgettable (for the wrong reasons) match.

The Glenpark XI were unable to make it a winning double, failing by just 3 runs to overtake The Tryst's total of 187 in a match that was reduced to 40 overs per side by the morning rains.

In a weekend of close results, the Hillend XI were not to be undone, losing their Sunday League fixture with Victoria 2 by just 1 wicket, the visitors scoring 171 for 9 to overtake Hillend's total of 169 all out.

Greenock make Scottish Cup progress

Monday, May 15th, 2017

After Saturday's washout when neither the 1st XI or the Glenpark XI bowled a ball, a full day's play was possible in the Scottish Cup tie at Campbell Park, Edinburgh. Greenock made reasonably comfortable progress into the second round, defeating their opponents by 5 wickets with Neil Flack scoring 66 and Julian Hulbert 26 as they chased down Edinburgh's total of 163. Peter Hempsey has pulled together a brief report on the proceedings which can be read here.

The next round takes place on Sunday 28th May when the team face another away tie, this time at Drumpellier.

Run fest in Anniesland

Monday, May 8th, 2017

It was a veritable run fest on Sunday when a youthful Greenock side, with five players aged under 18, met GHK in the first round of the Western Union Cup at Old Anniesland. The home team amassed an impressive 249 for 7 in their 40 overs, with Kamran scoring a fine 124.

But that was no problem for Greenock as they chased down this total for the loss of only 2 wickets in just 31.2 overs. Harry Briggs scored 36 and Kyle Scrimegour 37 but the star of the day was Neil Flack with an unbeaten 132, following his 3 for 35 in the carnage of the first innings. These runs take Neil past the 2,000 runs career landmark which is good going for someone of his youthful age.

Next up in the competition is another away tie, this time to Ferguslie, on 4th June.

Greenock unable to overcome East Kilbride

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Greenock fell to their second league defeat of the season when they lost to East Kilbride at Torrance House by 5 wickets.

Batting first, Greenock were dismissed for 188 in the 43rd over of their innings, Shailesh Prabhu top scoring with 41 and Julian Hulbert with 36 and Kyle Scrimegour with 33 also contributing. In reply East Kilbride lost two early wickets but after that ex-Greenock player, Moneeb Iqbal proved to be an immovable object and his unbeaten 84 saw the home team through to what has to be said was a comfortable victory.

Peter Hempsey was unable to watch the game as he was otherwise engaged (see next paragraph) but, undaunted, has still managed to produce a full report which can be read here.

It would be fair to say that the Glenpark XI were comprehensively beaten by Albert Park in the First Reserve League. Albert Park accumulated a massive 321 in their first innings, which included an incredible 78 extras, and Glenpark could only muster 105 in response, with our reporter, Peter Hempsey, top-scoring with a fine 50. Onwards and upwards next week!

Ron Irvine

Friday, May 5th, 2017

It is with great sadness that the Club has learned of the sudden death on Thursday 4th May of Ron Irvine.

Big Ron, as he was known to everyone, was a larger than life character who played for the 1st XI during the period from 1955 to 1974, captaining the team in 1967 and 1968. During his 1st XI career, he scored 1736 as a hard-hitting lower-order batsman, and captured 203 wickets, bowling at a fast-medium pace from quite a height. In recent years, he had taken up umpiring and enjoyed several years on duty round the grounds of the west of Scotland before ill-health forced him to give this up.

Members who were at the Club last weekend will be shocked to hear of Ron's passing as he had attended the ex-President's and ex-Captain's function on that day and was in great form throughout.

We send our deepest condolences to his widow, Doris, and the rest of his family.

Glenpark XI off the mark in the Western Cup

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The Glenpark XI got their Western Cup campaign off to a winning start when they defeated Bothwell by 5 runs in a high-scoring encounter. Glenpark notched up 173 for 4 in their 20 overs with Neil Flack scoring 59 and youngsters Ewan Stewart and Tom Forrest unbeaten 20s. In reply Bothwell had a good stab at reaching that total before being dismissed in their last over for 168, Sam Sanghera taking 4 for 20.

Greenock lose first Premier league game

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

It was not the start that Greenock were looking for when they lost out to Uddingston on Saturday in their first game back in the Premier Division. It all started so well when they reduced the visitors to 111 for 7 but they were unable to press home their advantage and Uddingston scrambled to 190 for 9, a total which was later rounded down to 183 by the DLS method as a result of two rain interruptions. Kyle Scrimegour and Julian Hulbert both took 3 wickets.

The Greenock batting scorecard tells the story of the second half quite well as only 3 of the home batsmen made it into double figures, Louis Ware top-scoring with 36, as Greenock were dismissed for 122 to lose by 61 runs.

Peter Hempsey watched the game intently and his full report can be read here.

The Glenpark XI were deprived of the opportunity to start their season when opponents Williamfield were unable to field a side and had to concede the game. They will have an early chance to get their whites dirty when they host Bothwell on Tuesday evening at Glenpark in a Western Cup group game.

District selection for Cameron

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Congratulations to Cameron Calder who has been selected for the Sharks squad to play the Eagles this coming Sunday at Whitehaugh in the West Regional Development Centre Under-14 Challenge Series. Good to see another of our young players getting recognition at a higher level.

Junior coaching gets underway

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Cricketing fun for boys and girls got under way this Wednesday evening when the summer programme of Junior cricket training began at Glenpark.

Boys and girls from 8 years of age up to 18 years of age are welcome to come along, and coaching and playing opportunities will be available for appropriate age groups throughout the months from April through until the end of August.

The Club provides all necessary equipment and family members are encouraged to come along and enjoy the facilities at Glenpark while watching their youngsters enjoy their cricket activities. Coaching staff are all trained and have Disclosure Scotland clearance. The club's two young overseas players from Australia, Kyle Scrimegour and Julian Hulbert, will also be part of the coaching team.

Weekly cricket coaching activities take place on Wednesday evenings from 6pm until 7.30pm. Membership for juniors for the full season is just £5, irrespective of age and match playing opportunities against other club sides in the west of Scotland will be available at Under-10, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 age groups.

All Stars Cricket comes to Glenpark

Friday, March 31st, 2017

All Stars Cricket is the exciting new programme that has been launched by the ECB and Cricket Scotland to get boys and girls, aged from 5 to 8 years old, interested in cricket. Greenock have signed up for the programme and will be running it on Tuesday afternoons for 8 weeks, starting on 23rd May.

Clicking on this link will take you to a full description of what All Stars Cricket is all about and importantly it tells you how to register to take part in it. It must be stressed that unless a child is registered, he or she cannot take part in the programme.

We would urge anyone reading this to pass this information on to anyone they know, be it friends, relations, neighbours, colleagues, etc, who have children aged between 5 and 8.

Glenpark youngsters in district training squads

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The Western Warriers have annnounced squads at Under-15 and Under-18 levels to take part in further training prior to the summer's competitive cricket. Tom Forrest and Jamie Nowell are included in the Under-15 squad and Harry Briggs and Louis Ware in the Under-18 squad. We offer our congratulations to all four boys and wish them well in their quest for places in the match-day squads.

Abigail Calder continues to develop her game with the Scotland Wildcats Under-17 squad and her success together with that of the boys above should encourage all our young cricketers to work at improving their games in order that they too can progress into the representative teams.

Alistair Stewart

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Club has recently learnt of the death of Alistair Stewart, an ex-Secretary of the Club and captain of Clutha Hockey Club when it played at Glenpark. AJ, as he was known, was an integral part of the one of the strongest teams in Clutha's history, before leaving to work with the European Commission in Brussels.

Our condolences go to his family in their sad loss.

John Simpson

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

The Club is saddened to hear that John Simpson, a past Captain of the Club, has recently passed away at the age of 94.

Johnny, as he was known to everyone in the cricketing fraternity, was a fine left-arm slow bowler and useful lower-order batsman. He first played for the 1st XI in 1947 and was an influential member of the team that won the Western Union title in 1952. He captained the team in the 1954 and 1955 seasons, winning the Rowan Cup in his first season and narrowly missing out on the Union title in the same year. He ended his playing career for the 1st XI in 1961 and his tally of 341 career wickets places him in 13th position amongst Greenock wicket-takers.

We send our condolences to his family.

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