Greenock score resounding win over Accies

Greenock 1st XI vs Glasgow Accies
WDCU CSL First Division
Saturday 14th May 2016

Glasgow Accies 160 R Russell 37, R Andrew 31; PC McIntosh 3 for 23
Greenock 1st XI 161 for 1 ND Flack 66*, PC McIntosh 53


Greenock recorded their second league win of the 2016 season in emphatic style by beating Glasgow Accies by nine wickets at a gloriously sunny Glenpark on Saturday afternoon.

Accies won the toss, elected to bat and got off to a decent start with team captain Richard Andrew and Gareth King putting on 38 runs for the first wicket. But with just his fifth delivery, change bowler Phil McIntosh gained the breakthrough for Greenock and had King caught by Neil Flack at cover for 8.

McIntosh then picked up his second wicket of the afternoon when a late swinging delivery completely deceived Andrew and he was bowled for 31 runs with the score on 46. Euan Sheridan (3) bowled by Louis Ware and Stephen Brennand (3) bowled by Phil McIntosh, both departed on 54 to leave the visitors four wickets down in the seventeenth over.

A mini partnership of 26 runs from Prabhjot Singh and Andrew McLaughlan took Accies total to 80, but once again the visitors experienced a cluster of wickets falling with Singh, McLaughlan, Dhruv Satpute and Farhan Shah all being dismissed with less than 100 runs on the total.

Greenock were eyeing an early tea interval with just the last two wickets to be taken, but Accies tail-enders had other ideas. Young Ruaridh Russell, fresh from a morning school match in Glasgow, and the experienced Rao Habib, dug in and built their team's highest partnership of the afternoon, putting on 42 runs before Habib was bowled by Jonathan Hempsey for 13.

Russell continued to bat with some style and guided Accies to 160 before he himself was the last wicket to fall, bowled by Greg McDougall for 37.

Phil McIntosh was once again Greenock's top wicket-taker with 3 for 23 from 8 overs. Declan White took 2 for 27 from 10 overs and Neil Flack 2 for 19 from 7 overs

Greenock's opening batsmen got off to an electrifying start to the innings in reply to Accies total. Phil McIntosh , in particular, set Greenock on course for victory with a swashbuckling innings, scoring 53 runs from just 31 balls and ripping the heart out of the Accies bowling attack. Neil Flack too showed fine form, stroking a very mature 66 not out, aided by Aussie amateur Damon Rootes who was unbeaten on 17 not out as Greenock passed Accies total for the loss of just one wicket in the twenty first over.

The victory over Glasgow Accies was a particularly fine performance as there was good application in the field and runs a plenty flowed from the Greenock top order who completely dominated the Accies bowling.


Saturday's match against Glasgow Accies was kindly sponsored by Bluebird Cafe.