CRICKET -- Greenock Lose Out To League Leaders Then Beat Them The Next Day

Ferguslie 275 for 8 Wickets (25 Points)

Greenock 225 for 9 wickets (6 points)

GREENOCK lost to league leaders Ferguslie by 50 runs in Saturday’s Premier Division clash at Meikleriggs. 

It was the league’s highest scoring match of the day and, although Greenock, by the end, were well beaten, the local team put in a decent performance.

Ferguslie’s victory was very largely down to the batting performances of two players, Michael English and Riyaad Henry. English scored a very fine 119 and Henry 72. These were the two players identified prior to the match as being key for the Ferguslie side and they lived up to ‘what it said on the tin’.

Ferguslie won the toss and opted to make first use of a good wicket. And although Greenock made an early breakthrough -- Julian Hulbert dismissing John Allan caught by Neil Flack for just 6 with the score on 11 with the first ball of the match’s fifth over -- it simply brought together the in-form English and Henry.

A boundary from his very first ball signalled Henry’s intent and, during the next 25 overs, the partnership delivered 143 runs at a rate of almost a run a ball.

Henry was the man out when the partnership was eventually broken, with Shailesh Prabhu taking a good catch from the bowling of Sam Sanghera.

Fifty eight runs from the next nine overs kept up the run-scoring momentum for Ferguslie as English and new batsman James Holt scored with relative ease. However, Holt was run out by Greg McDougall for 19 with the score on 199.

Having brought up his century in the 43rd over, Michael English cut loose in the next over. Jonathan Hempsey, who had bowled quite economically up until that point, was the bowler to suffer as English smashed 18 runs from just four balls before perishing to a catch by Aidan Forrest off the fifth ball of the same over. It was 234 for 4 wickets.

Ferguslie’s number five batsman, David Stafford, was clean-bowled by Julian Hulbert with just one more run added but the Paisley side continued to score well in the last few overs and took the total to an imposing 275 for the loss of eight wickets at the end of their 50 overs.

Hulbert picked up two more wickets in the late run chase to finish with 4 wickets for 55 runs from his 10 overs.

Facing a big total, Greenock needed to score at a rate of almost six runs an over as they began their innings after the tea interval. And at 25 for no wicket after the first five overs, the Glenparkers looked to be making a good start to the chase.

But two wickets in quick succession put the visitors on to the back foot as Harry Briggs was caught by Henry off the the bowling of Jamie Carruthers for 13 and then in-form batsman Neil Flack was run-out having scored just nine runs. It was 27 for 2 wickets in the sixth over.

Aussie amateur Kyle Scrimegour and the experienced Shailesh Prabhu then settled into a fruitful partnership of 58 runs which, while not at the required run rate, got Greenock back into the game. The partnership was broken when Prabhu was caught by English off the bowling of Haroon Tahir for 24 runs in the 23rd over.

Louis Ware became Greenock’s second batsman to be run-out when English produced a sharp piece of fielding in the 27th over and the Glenparkers were then toiling on 93 for 4 and still needing 183 runs to win from the remaining 23 overs

A 51-run partnership in the next ten overs between Scrimegour and fellow Aussie Hulbert gave Greenock the slim hope that the Ferguslie total might yet be overcome. But when Scrimegour was bowled by Cook for a very fine 66 runs in the 37th over with the total on 144 for the loss of 5 wickets, Ferguslie were well in command of the match.

In the last 13 overs, Greenock did well to take their score to 225, but lost a further four wickets as they sought to get as many runs as possible. Hulbert with (41), Aidan Forrest (19) and Jonathan Hempsey (18) were the main run scorers in the latter stages for the visitors.

Jamie Carruthers with 2 wickets for 50 runs from 9 overs was Ferguslie’s most successful bowler, while no fewer than four run-outs contributed to Greenock’s inability to chase down the large home total.

The match on Saturday was the third meeting of the two sides, all at Meikleriggs, Paisley, in the space of just six days with the first match abandoned after just four overs due to rain. Ferguslie were the winners of both the West League Cup sectional tie on Wednesday evening and Saturday’s Premier Division match.

Greenock Break Ferguslie Hoodoo With Sunday Cup Win

Western Union 40 Cup

Ferguslie 62 all out

Greenock 63 for 3 wickets

What a difference a day makes. Having lost in the high-scoring league match against Ferguslie at Meikleriggs, Greenock returned to the same ground on Sunday afternoon to play their Renfrewshire rivals in the Western Union 40 Cup competition and this time turned the tables with a superb seven-wicket win. It was the two teams' fourth meeting in the space of just one week and all at Meikleriggs.

The difference between Saturday and Sunday was clear to see. On Saturday, Ferguslie amassed 275 runs with Michael English scoring 119 runs and Riyaad Henry 72 runs. In Sunday’s cup tie, English was removed for just 14 runs and Henry for just 3 runs and Ferguslie were bowled out for a paltry 62 runs. Undoubtedly one of the Paisley side’s lowest scores in recent years in any competition.

Kyle Scrimegour with 4 wickets for 15 runs from 8 overs, Julian Hulbert 2 for 17 from 5 overs and Jonathan Hempsey 2 for 6 from 7.2 overs were the main wicket-takers as Ferguslie quite uncharacteristically fell apart. Scrimegour rounded off a good weekend of personal performances with 33 runs to ease Greenock to a quite comprehensive win and a long-awaited victory over their county rivals.

Sunday’s win means Greenock next have a home tie in the quarter-final round against Poloc on a date yet to be confirmed.

Greenock Cricket Club is sponsored by Cleaning Supplies 4U

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