CRICKET: Boost For Greenock After Midweek Cup Win Over Rivals

20 June, 2024 | Local, Sport

GREENOCK meet Irvine at Glenpark on Saturday needing a win after three successive league defeats.

Just three weeks ago, the Glenpark side was eyeing a potentially going second in the Western Premiership Two as they travelled to meet Kilmarnock.

But an innings of 95 runs from Adrian Maritz derailed that hope as the home side chased, and eventually passed, Greenock’s total of 187 for 6.

Since then, two further reversals against East Renfrewshire and league leaders Kelburne — both of which involved use of the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) scoring system when abandoned part way through as a result of rain — have plummeted Greenock down the table into eighth position and almost certainly cast into the bin any hopes of promotion this season.

Team captain Greg McDougall will have a team which shows just one change from last Saturday. Harry Briggs is unavailable and into the side comes Faheengul Dinarkhel who has picked up six wickets in two games for the 2nd XI and who has been part of the 1st XI on a number of occasions this season. Shailesh Prabhu is also unavailable.

Midweek, Connor Nowlan and Chirag Pandher were in fine form, putting together a rapid unbeaten 66-run partnership to give Greenock a fine nine-wicket win over Ferguslie in a McCulloch Cup sectional match at Glenpark.

The win was Greenock’s first against their Renfrewshire rivals since June 2018 when they defeated the Paisley side in a Premier League match at Meikleriggs.

On Wednesday evening, the pair came together midway through the sixth over and took just eight more overs to finish the game as Ferguslie were swept aside. And Pandher finished the match in style with a massive six, hit over the Union Street wall. Nowlan was 43 not out and Pandher 30 not out.

Angus Tolhurst, Cameron Calder, Sam Sanghera and Ewan Stewart will be among others in the side who should be able to add runs for the team. They will form an important middle order group from which the innings can be taken forward to a competitive total if the top order batters do their jobs.

Nowlan and Tolhurst continue to be Greenock’s most successful wicket-takers with 24 wickets between them.

Irvine have won two games out of five, against Langside and bottom team Hillhead. Two of their fixtures (East Renfrewshire and Renfrew) have been cancelled by rain and last Saturday the side lost to second-bottom Glasgow Accies, who gained their first win of the season.

Greenock’s team will be: GJ McDougall (capt), C Calder, PJ Bryceland, F Dinarkhel, U Mansoor, CJ Nowlan, CS Pandher, AS Sanghera, SS Sanghera, E Stewart, AS Tolhurst. The match will start at noon.

Greenock’s 2nd XI, Glenpark, will be involved in a derby on Saturday afternoon as the team will make the short journey to Gourock Park to play Inverclyde. The match will start at noon.

The 2nd XI side is currently in fifth position in the 13-team Western Championship Three league table having secured four wins from six matches played, while Inverclyde are in ninth position.

The team will be: M Ahmad (Capt), A Afzal, S Bhumanwala, Z Dilsoz, S Hussain, A Kochai, R Kumar, L. McCahill, E Norris, S Safi, V Yadav. Reserves…Y Hayat and A Wakily

Midweek Cricket – McCulloch Cup at Glenpark

Ferguslie 81 for 9 from 20 overs. Angus Tolhurst 3 for 13, Cameron Calder 2 for 8 and Greg McDougall 2 for 17.
Greenock 87 for 1 from 14.2 overs. Connor Nowlan 43 not out and Chirag Pandher 30 not out.

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