CRICKET: Greenock Playing Bottom-Placed Hillhead

4 July, 2024 | Local, Sport

GREENOCK start the second half of their WDCU Premiership Two league season on Saturday away against Hillhead.

Their opponents have endured a miserable season so far, having lost all nine of their league matches leaving them sitting detached at the foot of the league table. Greenock for their part remain in sixth position in the table after last Saturday’s abandoned match at Renfrew.

Hillhead’s main problem would appear to lie with their batting. They have twice been dismissed for less than 100, making 55 against Kelburne and 35 against Irvine. Their average score is in the low 100s. Just two batsmen have scored over 100 runs to date.

It would seem therefore that Greenock should have little difficulty in obtaining a fourth league win of the season. When the two teams met at Glenpark at the start of May, they achieved a comfortable win by 124 runs with their two young Australians giving early notice of their ability with both bat and ball. Connor Nowlan hit 79 and took 2 for 28 whilst Angus Tolhurst made 84 and took 3 for 11.

Nowlan is in great form with the bat at the moment and currently leads the league run-scorers with 404 runs at an average of 80.8.

Apart from the uncertain weather conditions, it is difficult to see anything other than a win for Greenock, especially if Nowlan continues his good form.

Saturday’s team shows three changes from the one that was fielded at Renfrew, with Harry Briggs, Usman Mansoor and Vishal Yadav replacing the unavailable Cammy Calder, Chirag Pandher and Shailesh Prabhu.

The selected team is: GJ McDougall (Capt), HR Briggs, PJ Bryceland, F Dinarkhel, U Mansoor, CJ Nowlan, A Sanghera, SS Sanghera, EA Stewart, AS Tolhurst, V Yadav.

The Glenpark XI have another home fixture on Saturday, against Hillhead 3rd XI.

The Glenparkers lie in fifth place in the WDCU Championship Three table after last Saturday’s fine win over Milngavie 2nd XI. Their opponents won their first two matches but have suffered four quite heavy defeats to slip into 10th position.

Last week showed the Glenpark XI’s batting in a very good light as they chased down a decent total in very quick time. Vishal Yadav was the star man with an unbeaten 86. Skipper Eddie Ahmad has some availability issues to contend with, not least those caused by the changes to the 1st XI.

Both games are scheduled to start at noon.

Greenock Cricket Club is sponsored by Cleaning Supplies 4U

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