CRICKET: Inverclyde Win Local Derby

25 June, 2024 | Local, Sport

Inverclyde 127 for 6
Glenpark 118 all out

INVERCLYDE enjoyed victory over local rivals Glenpark in a keenly-contested match at Gourock Park on Saturday, winning by nine runs after a late fightback from Glenpark’s tail-enders.

Batting first on the slow wicket and outfield, Inverclyde had a confident start to their innings until David Thomson mis-timed his attempted pull shot to be caught and bowled. Scott Campbell joined Dave Cooke and this pair had a good partnership which ended when Campbell was caught at point for 12 at 39 for 2 in the 16th over.

Gordon Lappin hit two impressive boundaries to boost the run rate but he was caught on 19 at 68 for 3 after 22 overs. David Tolan was also caught with Inverclyde at 75 for 4 after 25 overs.

Cooke, who had been batting solidly and keeping the scoreboard ticking over, was then joined by Douglas Pilkington and this experienced pair had an important partnership over the next 12 overs which ended when Pilkington was caught at square leg for 16 at 121 for 5.

Mahmood Ahmadzai was bowled trying to score some late runs and the innings ended after 40 overs with the total at 127 for six wickets, with Cooke undefeated on 39 runs after a fine innings in which no chances were given.

Glenpark started their reply confidently but were soon pegged back when Tolan had Maroof well caught at fine leg by Zander Lovell. Tolan struck again when Pilkington took a catch behind to dismiss Khan at 32 for 2.

Change-bowler Lappin trapped Hayat leg before but Glenpark were well placed at 65 for 3 at the drinks break after 20 overs.

Paul SIngh

However Paul Singh changed the game in the 21st over with 3 wickets in the first four balls after the break. With the first ball, Glenpark captain Ahmad was caught low down by Cooke at cover then Singh bowled Afzal and Safi with balls three and four to reduce Glenpark to 65 for 6 with Inverclyde on top.

Lappin bowled McCahill and then had Bamunawala stumped by Pilkington. Lovell’s sharp fielding at square leg ran out Dilsoz with Glenpark at 89 for 9 after 28 overs, still well short of their target.

However Hussain made a late charge for victory, giving some tough chances to the Inverclyde fielders, and took the score to 118 in 35 overs with back up from Norris.

But just when it seemed that Glenpark were going to snatch the victory, an in-swinger from Ahmadzai’s bowled Hussain for 32 to close the innings and seal the victory for Inverclyde.

In a good all-round bowling and fielding display, Singh took 3 wickets for 18 in an accurate 10 overs, Lappin 3 for 45, Tolan 2 for 25 and Amadzai 1 for 28.

This win moves Inverclyde into the top half of the table and they travel to Bute this weekend in their next fixture.

Practices continue at Gourock Park from 6 to 8pm every Tuesday.

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