2019 Fixtures, Team Lists and Match Reports



 Senior League Fixtures, Results and Reports

27.4.19 – Free Week

4.5.19 – Ross County (H)

1. Shaun Thomas (Captain)
2. Will Ford (Vice Captain and Keeper)
3. Rich Smith (Vice Captain)
4. Dave Dugdale
5. Matty Latimer
6. Nuwan Eshwara
7. Ian Ferrier
8. Stevie Donald
9. Johannes Van Ee
10. Daniel Johns
11. Pat Cronin
12th Man. Lewis Pacey

Counties were put into bat on a damp and overcast day at the Meeting Park. Thomas and Dugdale opened the batting and played well seeing off the opening bowlers, with Dugdale impressing playing some lovely shots. Counties lost wickets at regular intervals and found themselves in a bit of bother at 78-4 with Ferrier departing for a good 23. Smith looked in good form with the bat and played a professional innings on a difficult wicket to bat on. He was duly supported by Cronin, Ford and Johns and Counties finished the innings with the momentum, ending on 183/7 off their 45 overs.

Counties took to the field knowing that early wickets would be crucial in winning the game. Latimer bowled well and took the wicket of Blake. Van Ee and Thomas combined together in the field and got the crucial wicket of Scott who was spectacularly run out. Counties debut man, Van Ee, then had his chance to bowl and blew the Ross County batting lineup away by some excellent swing bowling. Ross County never recovered and Eshwara picked up the final two wickets to seal the win as County were bowled out for 67.

A good start to the season for Counties with a real team performance helping to secure the win. Special mentions must go to Smith with the bat and Van Ee with the ball, who looked like he will be a real threat for Counties. Counties outstanding fielding was also a highlight and the hard work in training is evidently paying off.

Next week we go to Elgin where we hope to put in another good performance.

Counties 183-7 45 Overs
Smith 65 not out
Dugdale 25
Belli 4-21

Ross County 67 all out
Shah 23
Vee 6-6
Eshwara 2-11

11.5.19 – Elgin (A)

First XI Match Report Vs Elgin C.C. – NCCC won by 161 runs

Counties won the toss and elected to bat on a nice sunny day at Cooper Park. Counties got off to a good start with Rodger playing some nice shots although being lucky with a few drops by the Elgin fielders. Counties lost a couple of quick wickets but Rodger and Smith batted well, putting away the bad balls. Both reached half centuries before Smith was superbly caught at Long Off for 70.

After a few wickets going down, Ford counter attacked with a brisk 70 and he was supported well by Leckie and Johns. Counties finished on 303/7 off their 45 overs with Rodger top scoring with 71.

Counties took to the field looking for early wickets and Latimer struck first ball with the Elgin opener edging behind. Thomas, Van Ee and Cronin were all very economical with their bowling but the Elgin batsmen dug in showing real determination. Counties young bowlers Pacey and Saunders showed promise with the ball and were well supported by Johns in the middle. After a long time in the field, Latimer cleaned up the Elgin tail collecting 4 wickets, with them finishing on 142 all out.

Another good team performance with every player contributing. It was good to see the young players step up from the Second XI and perform well. Credit must go to Elgin and their juniors for showing grit and determination throughout the game.

2/2 for Counties but tougher tests await, starting with Nairn C.C. next Saturday at home.

Counties 303/7 45 overs
Rodger 71
Ford 70
Smith 70
M. Huby 1-43

Elgin 142 all out
M.Huby 42
M. Latimer 4-26
P.Cronin 2-13
L.Pacey 2-24

18.5.19 – Nairn (H)

First XI Team for Saturday (Home) Vs Nairn 1pm start:

1. Shaun Thomas
2. Will Ford
3. Rich Smith
4. Dave Dugdale
5. Lewis Pacey
6. Daniel Johns
7. Johannes Van Ee
8. Stevie Donald
9. Jamie Rodger
10. Ian Ferrier
11. Matty Latimer


25.5.19 – Buckie (A)

1.6.19 – Forres (A)

8.6.19 – T20 Eliminator

15.6.19 – Ross County (A)

22.6.19 – Elgin or Fort William (A) Cup quarter Final

29.6.19 – Free week

30.6.19 – T20 Finals

6.7.19 – Fort William (H)

13.7.19 – Huntly (H)

20.7.19 – Nairn (A)

27.7.19 – Highland (H)

28.7.19 – Cup Semi Finals

3.8.19 – Buckie (H)

10.8.19 – Elgin (H)

17.8.19 – Fort William (A)

24.8.19 – Huntly (A)

31.8.19 – Forres (H)

7.9.19 –  Highland (A)



Reserve League Fixtures

21.4.19 – Ross County (A)

28.4.19 – Buckie (A)

12.5.19 – Ross County (H)

Ross County 142 all out off 39.1 overs S Embleton 65M Barron 32W Ford 5-9
Northern Counties 142 all out off 39.4 overs W Ford 69J Rodger 19S Embleton 4-24
Match Tied
Due to the Meeting Park being unavailable, Counties travelled to Castle Leod in search of a win off the back of a narrow defeat to a good Buckie side 2 weeks ago. On a nice sunny day in Strathpeffer, Captain James Lean won the toss and elected to bowl first. Opening bowlers Pacey and Lean started off nicely with the latter taking an early wicket. With Ross County sitting on 48 for 2 Saunders took the important wicket of former Counties player Akbar with help from a good catch from Ford. Embleton came to the crease and scored 65, before being stumped by keeper Mike Evans off Fords bowling. Latimer and Rodger chipped in with a wicket each as 1st XI keeper Will Ford was the unlikely hero with the ball, getting a five-fer. Young Nicky Polata came on to bowl the last over of Ross Countys innings and with his first ball took a brilliant one handed catch above his head to leave Ross County on 142 all out.Counties opening batsmen Bennett and Rodger started off well before Bennett nicked behind in the 4th over. An injured Rodger had a good knock of 19 before being caught in the 12th over. After Evans had been run out Ford came to the crease looking to carry on his batting form from the Saturday, and played some smart shots along with a couple of 6’s before being out LBW on 69. With Counties sitting on 127 for 8 with 4 overs left victory still looked possible. Lewis Pacey and Lean scored some important runs before Lean was bowled for 3. A wonderful boundary from Pacey and a 2 from Polata put Counties on 142 with 4 balls to go before Pacey was caught.In the end no team deserved to lose and a good advertisement for NOSCA 2nd eleven cricket. Thank you Ross County for hosting.

Report by Finally Saunders
Full scorecard and table – http://www.cricketstats.org.uk/nosca/2019/index.php?table=2&css=csl

19.5.19 – Nairn (A)

26.5.19 – Highland (A) Cup

2.6.19 – Fochabers (A)

9.6.19 – Huntly (H)

16.6.19 – T20 groups

23.6.19 – Buckie (H)

30.6.19 – Skye and Lochalsh (H)

7.7.19 – Forres (H)

14.7.19 – Ross County (A)

21.7.19 – Fort Augustus (H) Cup

28.7.19 – Elgin (H)

4.8.19 – T20 Finals

11.8.19 – Nairn (H)

18.8.19 – Elgin (A)

25.8.19 – Forres (A)

1.9.19 – Cup Final

8.9.19 – Huntly (A)

15.9.19 – Fochabers (H)