Taken from a Facebook entry by Stewart Lackie before the Cup Final.
NoSCA SENIOR CUP FINAL – A PREVIEW
FORRES ST LAWRENCE v NORTHERN COUNTIES
NAIRN LINKS AT 1PM ON SUNDAY 27TH AUGUST
Northern Counties may be underdogs against current league leaders Forres St Lawrence, who boast the North’s best batsman Pal Dhami backed-up by three bowlers currently sitting pretty in the top ten, but the Inverness side have great team spirit and are putting out an excellent side that continues to improve.
Talismanic skipper Dave Dugdale leads the charge along with Will Ford who has found some form with the bat himself recently.
It has been a pleasure to welcome Richie Smith back into the squad this year. If he applies himself on Sunday we all know he is capable of a big score.
There are rumours that Pat Cronin changed his diet recently as the old man of the team now appears to have enough strength to remain in the middle long enough to score a 50.
Arguably the league’s top all-rounder, Nuwan Eshwara continues to frustrate opposition batsmen and bowlers despite him never bothering to turn up for training. He could be a key man if he fires with either the bat or the ball on Sunday.
Popular good guy Stevie Donald will be involved in all aspects of the game but watch how quick he is between the wickets. If he’s batting with Nuwan there is always a chance of a run out.
Jess Mills returns to the side after her recent Scotland International call ups. She will be keen to bag a few wickets to help her club side win the cup for the first time since 1988. We are hoping the vice-captain from that year, club legend Bob Miller, is able to turn up on Sunday to cheer the team on.
Fast bowlers and products of our long-term youth policy, Matty Latimer and Shaun Thomas are both all grown up now and will be keen to test themselves against a strong Forres batting line-up. They will want to add to the 28 wickets they have picked up between them so far this season.
With youth players Gregor McDowall and Nicky Ireland being called up to the first team, the side has a young feel and demonstrates that the future for Northern Counties remains bright. Both players have demonstrated excellent talent with bat and ball over the last few months and will be relishing the big occasion.
Let’s hope that the weather behaves itself and that it’s a great game of cricket between two closely matched sides.
Well, the weather behaved itself and it was great game with some fireworks thrown in.
Everyone played a part in this historic win over Forres. Pat Cronin getting man of the match for his 3 wickets and an outstanding catch on the boundary.
This has to be our new base line now. A fielding, batting and bowling performance that has been coming all season, timed to perfection.