CRICKET: Third League Defeat In A Row For Greenock

17 June, 2024 | Local, Sport

Kelburne 159 for 9 wickets after 50 overs
Greenock 54 for 6 wickets after 28.1 overs
Kelburne win by DLS

GREENOCK slumped to a third consecutive Western Premiership Two league defeat when they lost to league leaders Kelburne in Paisley.

It was also the second match in a row where Greenock had their match decided by the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) system as heavy rain brought a premature end to the game. However, the Glenpark side were well behind the required run-rate and Kelburne were very much on top.

The afternoon had begun quite positively for Greenock. Team captain Greg McDougall won the pre-match toss of the coin and elected to insert Kelburne and, after seven overs had been bowled, Kelburne had scored just nine runs and lost one wicket.

The wicket came with the very last ball of the seventh over when Kelburne opening bat Alex Gilmour was caught by wicketkeeper Harry Briggs from the bowling of Connor Nowlan. He had scored just two runs from 26 balls when he was removed.

Two overs later, Nowlan struck again when he dismissed Gavin Arbuckle leg before wicket (LBW) for six runs with the score on 12 and with the Greenock bowlers completely dominating.

However, the wicket of Arbuckle brought together Zain Mohammad and Sheldon Van Wyk who slowly began to bring Kelburne back into the game.

The pair put on 38 runs from the next 13 overs before Mohammad was run out for nine thanks to a smart piece of fielding by Connor Nowlan.

A fourth-wicket stand between Van Wyk and Lucas Farndale swung the match more in Kelburne’s favour as they put on 72 runs and took the home score to 122 before Van Wyk was out for 43.

The young South African amateur was approaching his fourth half-century of the league season when he was run out by another piece of good fielding, this time by Ewan Stewart.

The wicket of Van Wyk came off the last ball of the 38th over. It left Kelburne with 12 overs remaining and with six wickets in hand to enable a high scoring finish to their innings.

But that did not happen. Instead, Greenock quickly captured a fifth wicket when new batsman Juan Steyn (1) was bowled by Greg McDougall with the first ball of his second spell of bowling.

And the last ten overs of the Paisley side’s innings yielded just 31 runs as Greenock finished strongly taking a further four wickets as Kelburne were restricted to 159 for 9 at the end of their 50 overs.

Lucas Farndale top-scored for Kelburne with 47, while Connor Nowlan with 3 wickets for 20 runs and Ewan Stewart with 2 for 26 were Greenock’s main wicket-takers.

Needing just slightly more than three runs per over from their innings, Greenock were in a good position at the tea break.

Greenock began their run chase quite positively and, midway through the seventh over, had reached 25 without loss. But that position quickly changed. In the space of just three overs, Greenock lost four wickets for the addition of two runs and were in deep trouble.

Angus Tolhurst and Sam Sanghera tried hard to steady the innings but runs were hard to come by and just 14 runs got added between the 10th and 18th overs before Sanghera was removed, caught off the bowling of former Greenock player Dougie Wylie with the score on 41.

Greenock fell further and further behind the required run-rate as Tolhurst and his new batting partner Ewan Stewart continued to find difficulty in scoring runs from the Kelburne bowling.

With dark clouds building up ominously and rain beginning to fall, Greenock lost a sixth wicket with the first ball of the 29th over when Stewart (10) was run out attempting a third run off the bowling of Wylie.

As the rain fell heavily, the covers were brought on and play was halted with Greenock on 54 for the loss of six wickets. Continuous heavy rain quickly made the ground unplayable and the match was abandoned by the umpires, leaving Kelburne victors as Greenock were well behind the required DLS score necessary at that point in the match.

Angus Tolhurst was unbeaten on 12 while Juan Steyn 2 wickets for 13 runs and Ahmed-Raza Hanif 2 for 4 were the best bowlers for Kelburne when the game was halted.

Greenock 2ndXI Win Comfortably: Greenock’s Glenpark XI defeated Galloway 2nd XI by seven wickets. Galloway were bowled out for 96 runs in 31.1 overs with F Dinarkhel three wickets for 15 runs the main wicket-taker. Greenock scored 97 for the loss of just three wickets with Inam Khan recording his third half century of the season with 56 not out.

Midweek cricket: Greenock complete their McCulloch Cup sectional matches with a home fixture against Ferguslie at Glenpark on Wednesday evening at 6.15pm.This will be Greenock’s final match in the competition as, with two matches cancelled by wet weather, two matches lost and only one win, the Glenpark side will still not qualify for the knockout stage even if they beat Ferguslie.

Greenock Cricket Club is sponsored by Cleaning Supplies 4U

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