A premonition ?

Taken from a Facebook entry by Stewart Lackie before the Cup Final.


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.

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Awards and Dinner evening

Click on the link below for details of our End of Season Awards night and Dinner.

We have had a good season despite the weather. Plenty of great, good and not so good performances along the way as well as plenty of laughs and enjoyment.

We’ve seen the emergence of some bright new talent at the start of a new era for our Club.

Everyone deserves an award but a huge “Thank You” from the 1st and 2nd XI Captains and Committee might have to do for some.


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Well done to Mike Evans

A big THANK YOU to Mike Evans and his elves who, despite this being the coldest August for 30 years, managed to prepare grass wickets at the Northern Meeting Park that produced over 800 runs in two matches at the weekend.

On Saturday Northern Counties First XI scored 232-6 and, in reply, Fort William scored 215. On Sunday the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association Grades Select scored 226 with NoSCA Select making 138. Impressive work from the groundsmen (and the batsmen of course). Who’d want to be a bowler at the Northern Meeting Park these days?

(Thanks to Stewart Lackie for the above Facebook post)


Weekend report by Stewart Lackie

Mixed fortunes at the weekend. An excellent win for the First XI at home to Fort William. Batting first, Northern Counties reached 232 for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted 45 overs. The middle order of the batting fired this weekend as Nuwan Eshwara top-scored with 84 not out, supported by Pat Cronin with his first 50 of the season. Fort William fought hard in reply with A Anjum and DJ Duncan scoring 74 and 48 respectively. Counties’ bowlers Shaun Thomas (3 wickets) and Matty Latimer (2 wickets) chipped away at the Fort batsmen who eventually came up just short of the winning total on 215 all out.

Northern Counties (20 points) beat Fort William (8 points) by 17 runs and remain in 3rd place in the NoSCA league table.

In the Reserve T20 Finals, Northern Counties second XI came up against clear favourites Highland in the morning match, losing by 101 runs. In the next game Elgin also proved too strong for a Counties side which included a number of juniors, this time coming up 47 runs short of the required total of 144. Highland comfortably defeated Elgin in the last match by 147 runs and so retained their Reserve T20 trophy. Congratulations to deserved winners Highland and thank you for hosting the day.

Finally, our best wishes go to Jess Mills who is representing Scotland in the two ICC World Cup Qualifier matches against the Netherlands the USA this week. Let’s hope the weather behaves itself and you get to play some cricket.



Another close one.


It’s alway good to welcome Fort William to the Factory and Saturday was a well fought out encounter against the lads who had beaten us earlier in the season.

The start was dogged by rain to begin with but by 2 pm the match was well on its way with Counties winning the toss and, unusually, deciding to bat first. Good performances from every batsman gave us a strong total of 232 after 45 overs. Our fielding performance,however, was not so sparkling – unusually for us – with numerous catching opportunities missed.

The second half saw Fort William come out all guns blazing and despite Shaun and Matty taking regular and vital wickets they came far too close for comfort  before being bowled out for 215.

Another great game for the neutral but no good for my ticker!

Northern Counties 232/6 (45 overs)

N.Eshwara 84 not out
P.Cronin 50
DJ.Duncan 3-32

Fort William 215 all out

A.Anjum 79
DJ.Duncan 48
S.Thomas 3-34
M.Latimer 2-29


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Scotland T20 call up for Jess

The squads have been announced for the upcoming 2018 T20 Women’s World Cup – Europe/Americas Qualifier, to be played in Stirling, Scotland between the 14th and the 19thof August 2017.

Scotland women will be looking to make their mark in the first ICC event on home soil since 2010. The squad boasts some experienced campaigners as well as young talent.

The Netherlands will be led by new captain Heather Siegers and will take confidence from some strong performances in the English domestic competition.

The USA will rely on the element of surprise, taking part in their first ICC event for several years. The new look team has gone through a rigorous selection process and has benefitted from training camps and extra coaching.

The three teams will compete for two spots in the Global T20 World Cup Qualifier, to be played either late 2017 or early 2018.


Netherlands: Heather Siegers (C), Babette de Leede, Caroline de Lange, Cher van Slobbe, Esther Corder, Helmien Rambaldo, Jolien van Vliet, Julia van der Werf, Leonie Bennett, Liesbeth Klokgieters, Miranda Veringmeier, Robine Rijke, Silver Siegers, Sterre Kalis

Scotland: Abbi Aitken (C), Abtaha Maqsood, Elizabeth Priddle, Jess Mills, Kathleen McGill, Kathryn Bryce, Lois Isla Wilkinson, Lorna Jack, Priyanaz Chatterji, Rebecca Glen, Ruth Willis, Samantha Haggo, Sarah Bryce

USA: Sindhu Sriharsha (C), Candacy Atkins, Claudine Beckford, Shebani Bhaskar, Nadia Gruny, Uzma Iftikhar, Sugetha Kalyaranaman Chandhrasekar, Triholder Marshall, Samantha Ramautar, Akshatha Rao, Sara Farooq, Erica Rendler, Neha Sidhuja, Onika Wallerson

Congratulations Jess. NCCC is proud of you.

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