Glenpark XI walloped by Deanpark

Glenpark XI v Deanpark
Western Cup
Saturday 29th June

The holiday season, work commitments and injuries, seriously weakened the Glenpark XI on Saturday when Deanpark (Renfrew 2nd XI) came calling for a Western Cup match at Glenpark, and the side was further depleted when one of the eleven due to play was called in to the 1st XI as a late replacement.

So, with one senior player, one increasingly senior player and one extremely senior player in the side along with seven others ( four under 15 and three under 20) it was a rather lop-sided age profile of a team which was available to represent the Club, in this reserve team Western Cup sectional fixture.

Matters were made even more difficult when the Deanpark captain,Parvese Majeed, quite unsportingly called correctly at the toss! Parvese then decided to bat, which signalled a long and tiring afternoon in the field for our very young and not so young team.

Forty overs...well probably at least 50 overs later when consideration is taken of over 60 wides..... Deanpark had amassed 317 runs for the loss of just three wickets, of which Ryan Murray had scored an unbeaten 136.

Unphased by this score ??, the Greenock players set about the very good tea-time fare in the Tea Pavilion in the interval between innings with enthusiasm. But not content with that, one of the younger players (under 15) was seen just a short while later demolishing a ‘chippy’ while waiting to bat.

Anyway back to the cricket...must we? was Greenock’s turn to bat. The ‘increasingly senior player’ (Dave Sharma) opened the innings with Under-13 Louis Ware. Forty four runs to his name later, Dave was requested to return to the clubhouse by home side umpire Sam Sanghera, who judged Dave to be LBW (we’ll believe you Sam even if Dave didn’t).

A good innings from Under-19 Jack Bushfield who scored 10 runs, plus 22 from the ‘senior player’ in the team (Sam Sanghera), and supplemented by a few runs here and there from others who took the walk out into the middle, the Glenpark score was eventually hoisted to 111, which was not quite enough and certainly did not get much of an assist from the ‘extremely senior player’ in the team. Indeed another 205 runs would not have been quite enough .

For Deanpark, S Sajjad took 5 wickets for 37 runs from his ten over spell.

Thought..........On the evidence of player availability and weather this weekend, perhaps we should have a mid –season holiday break and play matches into October and November......the weather might be better then and maybe players will be around to play?

Deanpark (2 pts) 311 for 3 R Murray 136*, R Ahmad 46

Glenpark XI (0 pts) 111 DC Sharma 44; S Sajjad 5 for 37

Deanpark won by 206 runs