Our Annual Awards Night was held on the 19th of October at the Crown Court Hotel. A variety of curries and puddings were on the menu and were demolished by those attending.
Food gone, it was time to present the awards. This year we asked Ken Ross to help with the presentation of Reserve League Champions Medals to the 2nd team squad. This season was theirs, they had won the league convincingly and undefeated as well as being in the final of both the T20 and Knockout Cup – What a performance. Well done to everyone involved.
Other awards given on the night were:
Player of the year – Shaun Thomas
1st Team Bowler of the year – Shaun Thomas
2nd Team Bowler of the year – Neil Gallacher
2nd Team Batsman of the year – Akash Ahmed
1st Team Batsman of the year – Dave Dugdale
Most improved Players of the year – Lewis Pacey and Finlay Saunders
Duck award – Matty Latimer (This was disputed by Matty of course as he was last years winner as well) but we felt he deserved it for leaving the duck in his garden !!!
Biggest overall contribution to the club during the season – Mike Evans
As the end of season arrives it’s time to get the glad rags on and get along to the Bash.
We have lots to celebrate, again, this year and lots to talk about… it’s been one of those seasons.
Here are the details.
Open to members, partners, parents, children and siblings.
Venue – Crown Court Hotel
Date – 19th October 2018
Time – 6.30pm for 7.00pm start
Cost – £15 adult , £5 under 16 – pay on the night
Dress – Smart casual
Menu – Drinks on arrival, Hot, medium, mlld curry selection, vegetarian option, Popadums, Naan, Rice, selection of puddings. If needed a non curry childrens dish can be arranged for tiddlers and toddlers. Something like sausage, beans and chips.
Awards – TBC
Let Cris Ford know that you’re coming – firstname.lastname@example.org – by 8th October at the latest.
Please Note: If you say you’re coming but don’t attend we will still need you to pay.
Some great phots by Donald Cameron, taken at at the Northern Meeting Park on the 25th August. We were well beaten by another stand out performance by Pal Dami of Forres. However, our batting was good with special mention to Ian Ferrier who scored 75.
The first team have had a poor season by the high standard we set ourselves last year. So, we have to draw a line and start again. We have, however, had a great time playing the game we love with our mates.
The second team by contrast have had a storming season reaching the final of the 20:20 cup, sitting pretty at the top of the NoSCA Reserve League AND a final to play for the Reserve Cup. We are especially proud of this achievement as we have managed all of this with a side made up of non first team and junior players except for one (Gregor MacDowell). This must bode well for the future.
The next three weeks will be pretty exciting for the team and the club.
Counties were under pressure to bounce back after a disappointing performance and loss last weekend. Captain Dugdale made changes to the batting lineup and there was a slightly different approach to the batting.
Counties lost the toss and openers Thomas and MacDowell saw off the opening bowlers. They were 35/0 off 12 overs when Thomas edged behind. This brought Captain Dugdale to the crease and he looked in fine touch playing some lovely shots. After MacDowell fell, Cronin also looked in great form, playing some good off side shots.
Counties got to 139, with Dugdale making 70 before he fell. Ford came to the crease and him and Cronin put on a strong partnership until the latter fell trying to push the scoring rate on.
Counties really pushed on at the tail of their innings with Smith and Eshwara having no pressure which enabled them to play freely. Counties finished on 244/6 of their 45 with everyone contributing.
Counties took to the field knowing if they removed openers, Wolton and Green early they would be favourites to win. They did exactly that with Latimer and Thomas removing both early doors.
Counties kept the pressure on and got wickets at regular intervals with all the bowlers contributing. Counties finally bowled Nairn out for 191 and won by 53 runs.
A good team performance with everyone contributing in some way or form. The batting display looked a lot more solid with a good platform being built early on and some good hitting at the end of the innings.
The team travel to Forres next weekend and will be hoping for two good training sessions this week to prepare for what should be a tough match.
Photos from what turned out to be a close game – brought on by a poor performance in the middle order batting – Highland win by 8 runs. The link below will take you to the Courier coverage of the game.