CRICKET: Match Abandoned After Greenock Opponents Walk Off

1 July, 2024 | Local, Sport

Greenock 108 for 3 (CJ Nowlan 76 not out)
Renfrew did not bat

GREENOCK were thwarted in their attempt to defeat Renfrew when their match was abandoned after the home team walked off the park in response to a decision.

The start of the game at King George V Park was delayed when it was realised that the match umpire, only one having been appointed, had not turned up.

This meant that the players needed to umpire the match themselves, which was the catalyst for what would happen later in the match.

Renfrew won the toss and elected to bowl first, a decision which quickly paid off when Shailesh Prabhu was caught behind off the last ball of the second over for just two runs. Connor Nowlan had made a slow start to his innings, facing a maiden over first up but, with Aryan Sanghera accompanying him, he began to get the scoreboard moving.

They took the total to 32 before Sanghera was caught and bowled by the Renfrew professional Rahman when trying to hit him down the ground. He had made eight in his brief innings.

Angus Tolhurst joined his fellow Aussie at the crease and, at this point, Nowlan cut loose. He was particularly severe on Rahman, hitting him for a couple of sixes in one over, and raced to his half-century in just the tenth over of the game.

Tolhurst was a mere spectator, making just one run in a partnership of 44 before he appeared to play round a ball from Butt and was bowled. This dismissal did not put a stop to Nowlan’s hitting and he continued to dominate the bowling. The total had reached 107 after just 17 overs and Greenock were on course for a big total.

Off the first ball of the 18th over, Nowlan hit the ball into the backward point area and was called for a quick single by his partner, Cammy Calder. The Renfrew wicketkeeper broke the stumps from the resulting throw-in and there was a loud appeal for a run-out. However, the Greenock square-leg umpire considered that the keeper did not have the ball in his gloves when the stumps were broken and the appeal was refused.

The Renfrew fielders reacted with disbelief to this decision and, after some words were exchanged, their captain led his team off the park. Subsequently, it became clear that they would not return to the field and the match was abandoned.

This was a most unsatisfactory ending to the game to say the least and particularly unfortunate for Connor Nowlan who was left undefeated on 76, an innings which comprised 58 balls and included seven fours and five sixes.

No doubt the WDCU authorities will now investigate the circumstances that led to the abrupt conclusion to the game and Greenock will await their decision.

Glenpark XI

Greenock’s 2nd XI, the Glenpark XI, recorded their best win of the season when they comfortably defeated Milngavie 2nd XI by six wickets.

Their opponents batted first and were quickly reduced to 20 for 4 but they recovered well to post 167 for 9 in their 40 overs, a reasonable total for Glenpark to chase. But it was a total that presented few problems to the batsmen, led by Vishal Yadav who hit a superb 86 not out, an innings which included 13 boundaries.

Zabiullah Dilsoz contributed 38 runs to a second-wicket partnership of 86 and despite the loss of a couple of late wickets, victory was achieved in just 23 overs.

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