CRICKET — Greenock In Top-Of-The-Table Clash

28 July, 2022 | Sport

SECOND-placed Greenock play unbeaten league leaders Stenhousemuir, away, on Saturday.

With only four rounds of matches remaining after this weekend, a win for Stenhousemuir will almost certainly hand them the league title.

Greenock have only lost one match — to Stenhousemuir — and victory on Saturday would keep their title hopes alive.

Meanwhile, third-placed Kilmarnock remain in contention for one of the two promotion places.

Killie have lost just two matches and, if Greenock defeat Stenhousemuir, the title and promotion race will be opened up and become a three-club battle during the last month of the season.

A key player Stenhousemuir’s success this summer is their South African professional Danie Roussouw, an experienced first-class and List A player in his home country.

The wicket-keeper/batsman is currently the highest run scorer in the First Division having accumulated more than 870 runs, with three centuries to his credit.

Bowlers Callum Grant and Praveen Pinnamaneni are first and third in the First Division bowling stats. Grant has taken 41 wickets at an average of just 4.46 runs per wicket while Pinnamaneni has taken 26 wickets at a higher average of 9.23.

Greenock’s form has been excellent throughout the summer. The club’s Australian amateurs, Tom Nicholson and Ryan Walker, have been key players, contributing significant runs and wickets in almost all matches.

Nicholson and Walker have also boosted the confidence of players in the side and, in particular, a number of the younger members of the team.

Teenager Lukas Fischer-Keogh has blossomed as a top-order batsman, opening innings with Nicholson, and has accumulated almost 200 runs.

And 23 year old Harry Briggs, with more than 270 runs, is now the team’s regular number three in the batting order.

There are a number of injury concerns. Tom Nicholson has a hamstring strain, Gregor Chambers is recovering from a foot injury and Ryan Walker damaged a finger during last Saturday’s match, although all will play on Saturday.

Greenock’s team will be: GJ McDougall, HR Briggs, PJ Bryceland, GM Chambers, LC Fischer-Keogh, JPC Hempsey, J Nowell, TJ Nicholson, A Sanghera, EA Stewart, RA Walker. Scorer: R McGregor. The match will start at noon.

Greenock’s 2nd XI Glenpark are at home on Saturday at noon against Glasgow Accies 2nd XI Anniesland. The team for the match will be from: PJ Janampally, E Ahmad, S Chaudhary, A. Fielding, P Hempsey, N Kuwar, H Mirzayee, N Nagaraju, E Norris, C Prabhu, PE Robertson, H Safi, S Safi, DC Sharma.

Greenock Cricket Club is sponsored by Cleaning Supplies 4U

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