GREENOCK suffered a second successive weekend without cricket as their match against PSL Team Sports Clydesdale was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Glenpark on Saturday.
The ‘summer’ weather claimed yet another cancellation in a season where dry, sunny and warm conditions have so far been notable largely for their absence. Indeed all CSL matches across Scotland were abandoned without a ball being bowled on Saturday because of the unseasonal weather.
So, midway in the league season, teams in the CSL Premier Division West should have played seven matches. The reality is that some have played as few as just two games while Greenock have managed five.
McCrea FS West of Scotland top the league of eight teams just ahead of APD Dumfries. Both of these sides have played five matches and only a small margin separates them with McCrea West on 82per cent and APL Dumfries on 80per cent. Both also have similar net run rates with West once again just narrowly ahead. Greenock are second from bottom.
The revamped Scottish Cup competition returns next weekend with the second phase of the first round sectional matches. Greenock are in a group with top Edinburgh side Carlton who were the Scottish Premiership champions in 2011, Falkland from Fife and Glasgow south side Poloc. After the first phase Greenock had won one match, lost one and had one game abandoned because of weather. In the second round of matches, Greenock will be looking to win both of their home matches, which are against Poloc and Falkland, and seeking to upset a Carlton side which, despite its array of top players, has not fired as successfully this season as last.
To begin the second phase of Scottish Cup sectional matches, Greenock will play Poloc on Saturday at Glenpark with the knowledge that a good win was achieved over the Glasgow club at their Shawholm ground in early May. A repeat win would be welcome.