All Stars cricket comes to Northern Meeting Park


We are really excited to tell you that we’ll be hosting two “All Stars” cricket programmes at Northern Meeting Park. All Stars is aimed at 5 to 8 year old children.

One will run for 8 weeks from Tuesday the 15th May: 4pm – 5pm

The second will run for 8 weeks from Thursday the 17th May: 4pm – 5pm

The cost will be £40 per child with siblings half price

Places will be limited so book early to avoid missing out.





1st game of the 2018 season

Watcha everyone. Just so the whole world knows….. we have rearranged our first game of the season, which originally clashed with Jess and Jon’s wedding and it will now be played a week earlier on the 14th April at Nairn Links. Let’s hope for sunny weather.

This will be a preliminary cup game so, our defence starts early.

It’s always good fun to play Nairn so let’s see how many supporters we can get to come along.

Lest we forget

Pre-season training

Thanks to Jamie Tulloch Health Club for his continued support in 2018 by allowing us to use his new premises – DR BLACKS MEMORIAL HALL on Bank Street, Inverness – to get our pre season work underway.

This is a new venue for Jamie and he has plans to develop it in to a multi use fitness area.  It has a great deal of potential and we wish him success.

Training, for those wishing to attend, starts at 7pm



Here’s to 2018

Hey Everyone,

A new season is nearly upon us. A new committee has been elected. Pre-season is being organised and all is good with the world – If only!

I have just, rather surprisingly I have to say, taken on the role as Club President. Dev’ having resigned due to work commitments. It is a great honour for me to take this on and I promise to have the Clubs’ wellbeing and development at the heart of all my decisions and thoughts. Dev saw the club take massive strides both on and off the field and we owe him a great deal. Thank you Dev, we hope you will be able to serve on the committee as a member.

21151287_1443372712365704_3579468538628029670_nWe have managed to keep Dave Dugdale as Club Captain although his expanding family (welcome to Alfie) will take more of his time this season. His captaincy proved crucial throughout last season and culminated in us winning the senior Knock-out Cup for the first time in donkeys years. Having said that, I think his main contribution to NCCC was his enthusiasm and energy which was infectious and it was this, I believe, that gave us the success we enjoyed.


Staying on the family theme, we seem to be growing our own team for the future amongst our ranks. Richard Smith and his partner and Ollie Bennett and his partner had sons in the Autumn last year, Andrew Callanan and his partner recently had a baby girl (Molly) and Will’ Ford and his partner are expecting a boy (Freddie we think) in the Summer. Congratulations to all of them. Jess Mills is to tie the knot in the Spring and she continues her cricketing success with inclusion in the Scotland “Wildcats” women cricket team. We wish you and Jon all the best for the future.

Our Development Squad continues to produce quality players who have moved up in to the First team. We have to thank Mike (Second Team Captain) and James for their efforts and the other senior players who have mentored the youngsters along the way and a special mention must go to Pat Cronin for all of his cricket development work at Fortrose Academy.

We all love our cricket, whether playing or watching and I think the NCCC being a family friendly, inclusive club is a significant part of that. The strength of our club is in its individuals and the strength of those individuals is in the club.

This season will be different for us – we have a title to defend. But let me say, If we concentrate on enjoying what we do and play to create memories and for each other, the results will come. Even if they don’t, we will still have had a hell of a season!

Finally, I want say thanks to everyone who has given their time so generously. Whether it’s making sandwiches, transporting people to and from matches/ training, writing articles for the website, facebook page, turning up on work days or to watch a game. NCCC would not exist without your support. THANK YOU ALL.

So, let’s get to it. Enjoy the season and spread the word.



Jon Ford



Bishop Eden – founder of Northern Counties Cricket Club

Bishop Eden from a print in the Bishop’s Palace, Eden Court Theatre. Original painting by George Richmond (1809 – 1896)


Bishop Eden was born in London in 1804, the third son of Sir Frederick Morton Eden, 2nd Baronet of Truir, Co. Durham. He graduated from Oxford with a degree in arts and divinity. After serving as Rector at Leigh on Sea in Essex, he was a surprise choice of Bishop of Moray and Ross in 1851, aged 47, following the retiral of Bishop David Low. As far as is known, prior to this time Eden had never travelled north of Glasgow. Caithness was added to his Diocese in 1864.

At first Eden was based in Elgin, where the historic Cathedral was a ruin, and he lived in Duffus House. There were only seven or eight congregations in the Diocese, but this was soon built up. He soon realised that Inverness was a much better site for a new Cathedral, and he moved there in 1853.

He drove opinion in the town so much that by 1866 it was possible to lay the foundation stone of St Andrew’s Cathedral, using the local architect Alexander Ross (who was an Episcopalian) to design the building. The stone was laid by Eden’s friend, the Archbishop of Canterbury. This caused quite a stir in Inverness from amongst some members of the established Church of Scotland.

At first he had resided in Hedgefield House in Culduthel Road. However, in return for his efforts at the development of the Church, his congregations raised funds to build Eden Court, the Bishop’s Palace, which now forms part of the Eden Court theatre complex. This was completed in 1878. He was also active locally in educational matters, serving for a time as a director of Inverness Royal Academy.

Eden served as Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1862 to 1886. He renewed contact between Anglican and Eastern Churches when he visited Russia in 1866. The icons given to him by Tsar Alexander II, which are on display in the Cathedral, were gifted to him at this time.

He died in August 1886 in Inverness, after a period of failing health. He married in 1827, and had five sons and five daughters, one of whom, Robert Allan Eden, became a clergyman.


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New addition for our wall of fame

As the season draws ever nearer cricket boxes are taken from the kit bag to receive their annual wash and the smell of linseed oil wafts through the air in sheds all over the country; it’s time to start thinking about what’s going on the club house wall this year.

At the end of last season Jess  gave us one of her Scotland shirts so we’ve had it framed and it’ll be taking pride of place along side a few action shots from 2017.



This year we are going for more of the same with the emphasis on creating memories and having fun.

We’d love to see you at a game or why don’t you dust off the whites and join us in the nets.




Happy New Year.

Well, here we are, 2018 already and two weeks in we have our first addition to the “Family”

We are very excited to announce the birth of Alfie Dugdale or is it Murray? born15.1.18. Weighing in at a whopping 8lbs 8ozs he’s already heavier than Stevie Donald! and at 58cms tall he’s nearly as tall as Will Ford.

So congratulations go to Pam and Dave (Duggers) on this occasion and to George on getting a new brother26758490_10159806126310024_418069720867929865_o

Next to go is Alison Callanan  and we wish her and Andrew well over the next few weeks. We will keep you posted.