Weakened Glenpark XI brushed aside

Motherwell v Glenpark XI

The Glenpark XI’s run of good form came to an abrupt halt on Saturday at Motherwell when the home side won by 9 wickets in a low scoring game.

With a team showing nine changes from the previous week’s match against GHK/Strathclyde,there was always going to be a chance that a reversal would be on the cards, and when the toss was lost and Glenpark were asked to bat on a wicket which at best could be described as “interesting”, the odds were increased that the afternoon would be difficult.....and so it proved.

Dougie Moore, playing his first match for over a year, opened the innings with Peter Hempsey. These two grafted hard for sixteen overs to combat the unpredictable bounce from the wicket and put on 42 runs before Moore became the first of eight victims for Hamad, when he misread the bounce and lobbed an easy return catch to the bowler having scored 25.

Thereafter the innings limped along with only Hempsey (18) and Brian Roberts (15) getting into double figures, and midway through the 36th over the final wicket fell with the score on just 82. Hamad acheived the remarkable figures of 8 for 24.

After an extended tea interval, when some members of the home team went to purchase Pakora and plastic cups while everyone else waited in the sunshine, the home team's reply got under way and immediately Glenpark got a glimpse of possible fightback when new opening bowler,captain Mark Robertson, had Khan caught behind by stand in ‘keeper Dougie Moore with the very first ball. But that was to be the one and only success for the visitors as Dougan 18 not out and Pichaimuthu 52 not out eased Motherwell to a win in just 16.2 overs.

Glenpark XI (1 pts) 82 (36.3 overs) KD Moore 25

Motherwell (25 pts) 83 for 1 (16.2 overs) A Pichaimuthu 52*

Motherwell won by 9 wickets


Peter H