2020 saw the return to batting form for Duggers who is both vocal and sharp in the field. Dave’s experience, and his ‘says what he thinks’ attitude make him vital to the club both on and off the field.
Dave loves a hug, and is always there for everyone. He works as a Fireman with the Scottish Fire and Rescue service. He is passionate about the game and in particular, Northern Counties Cricket Club. He has two sons Alfie and George and is married to Pam.
2020 First XI Vice Captain and Wicket Keeper. Will’s batting has improved through hard work and guidance from Mike and he scores frequently with a mixture of power and style. A family man with one son, Freddie. Will’ also works in the Fire and rescue Service. Big fan of country music, Queen and The Beatles. Chirping from behind the stumps, Will’ keeps everyone gee’d up. Along with Shaun, Will’ now takes on a role as team fielding and fitness coach.
Matthew “Matty” Lattimer
“Matty” is one of our front line bowlers. His long run in has become synonymous with his work ethic and commitment to the cause.
Fielding wise Matty will chase down anything and always gives 100% – a tough competitor. Great lad on and off the field and passionate about his club. Off the field Matt is the clubs Treasurer.
Matty is also known for being the founding member of the clubs Hobbit Squad along with Jamie Rodger and Will Ford.
Richard “Smiffy” Smith. The enigma that is Richard Smith, bats left handed anywhere in the order. Bowls a bit and lives by the motto “Rubbish gets wickets” and is happy to show this most Saturdays. A very handy fielder with a lot of experience. Smiffy is a teacher at Charleston Academy, he is married to Michelle and has two boys Finley and Harrison.
Pat is the first teams old boy. Mr Consistent with the ball, Pat bats middle order and is one of our two Aussies (he’s not really having lived here since dinosaurs ruled the world)…… still has the accent though which is good enough for us. Despite his age he has worked hard in preseason to develop and improve. A very safe pair of hands.
Pat is a teacher of history at Fortrose Academy and is responsible for Cricket development there; giving up a lot of his free time, he has brought some good youngsters to the club. He is the clubs Child Protection Officer.
Nick is a Fortrose lad and one of Pat Cronins academy youngsters. Contributes with bat and ball. Now at Uni’. He’s looking bigger and stronger this season.
First XI. Says he’s slowing down between the wickets but we’ll believe it when we see it – he’s a veritable Whippet!
Gregor is the “oldest” member of our club, a Benjamin Button if you will. He prides himself on his ability to both stay at the crease and score no runs.
Another Fortrose success story. Now at University but comes home for the Summer. Exceptional in the field and his batting keeps improving. Good to see you back Gregor.
2021 Club President. James has been the stalwart of the club pretty much since 1864. He splits his playing between 1st and 2nd XI . He is on hand to give Mike Evans a helping hand with pitch preparation. James is currently the Senior Fixtures secretary for NoSCA.
Nuwan “Newey” Eshwara
2020 – 1st XI Bowling Award
First XI. Every club should have a Nuwan, but only one. The club joker and mischief maker. Originally from Sri Lanka he has become, possibly, the clubs go to bowler. Takes nothing too seriously and there is no point looking for a straight answer from him. He now lives in Inverness with his wife, Shyamani, and works for the NHS as a medical technician. He is adored by all at the club and will be due a statue when he finally hangs up his bat. “Newy” is also the clubs child minder and dog walker.
Interesting fact; his car dances.
Shaun “S.T” Thomas
Club and First Team Captain for 2021. Shaun is another player that has come through the ranks at the club. He is your stereotypical a quick bowler with the on-the-field temperament to match. He has worked hard with batting coach Mike Evans over the last few seasons to transform himself into an opening batsman to partner Duggers. Add all this to his ability to field well in all positions and his on going catches dropped competition with Jamie Rodgers, and you have yourself someone you want on your side when the going gets tough. Shaun works for Police Scotland. His attitude and work ethic make him both a credit to the club and a great ambassador. Works with Will’ to keep training focussed and organised.
2021 Second XI Captain. The evergreen and ever present Mike has been at the club forever and nowadays plays most of his cricket with the 2nds. Mike looks after and prepares the square and spends nearly all Summer at the Park. He is our Batting Coach and represents the club at Highland Cricket Development Group meetings as a keen advocate of youth development within NCCC. When not involved in the game he is the clubs go to scorer.
Ian “Chef” Ferrier
Ian joined the club in 2018 after moving to the area for work. He has played at a very competitive level South of the border and he is another one that is bringing more than his on field experience to the club. “Chef” has fitted in seamlessly to the team. Bats at 3 or 4, can bowl and fields like a demon in the deep.
Ian fits cricket around his busy life of Cheffing and Golf. Very much committed to the club as he lives half the year in London and follows the “good” weather back up here for both the tourist and the cricket season.
Lewis “Little P” Pacey
First XI.Lewis has come through the ranks and has deservedly taken his place in the first XI. Still at school, he lives for the game and wants to be a professional player. Working hard at training he’s looking particularly good with the ball. Lewis is also keen on coaching youngsters and has helped out with our schools programme this year. His Dad – “Big P”- is the clubs bowling coach and a brilliant artist. 2020 saw Lewis take his first step towards his dream when he was accepted in to the Yorkshire Cricket College. Good luck Lewis.
Daniel “Dan” Johns
An exciting addition, Dan, joined us in 2019 and he doubled our Aussie contingency. A good all round player and very sharp in the field he is already fitting in with with his banter. Dan hadn’t played for 9 years when he came to the club but it didn’t show. However, he did say he couldn’t walk for two days after one particular pre season session, but he wasn’t alone in that.
Dan is married with three children – Tilly, Noah and Isobelle
Cameron “Boomer” Leckie
Finlay “Finners” Saunders
2020 – Presidents Award for all round contribution to the club
Finlay has become a mature young cricketer whose contributions on and off the field grow year on year. Hard work and determination have paid off with bat and ball and 2021 sees him in the role of Junior Vice President. Congratulations “Finners”
Jamie “Samit” Rodger
2020 – Players Player of the year
Jamie joined the club after playing grade cricket in the Aberdeenshire leagues. since then he has become a regular for our first XI. Jamie is a magnificent fielder and is surprisingly supple and athletic! A dropped catch or misfield from “Samit” is a collectors edition. An accountant to trade.
This is Jamies 4th season with us and what an asset he is proving to be. Reliable with the bat, sharp in the field and a very handy spin bowler. Jamie is the clubs Party Animal. Great around the club and for the club.
Johannes “Vee” Van Ee
“Vee” moved to Inverness from Leeds with his partner, Cathlyn, and their 3 children, Lilyhannah, Troy and Rafe. Originally from South Africa, Vee has played for many clubs in quite a few countries and has represented The Netherlands. He’s a bowler and batsman, sharp in the field and has fitted in to the squad very easily.
Nicolas “Nicky” Polata
2020 – Most improved player
2020 – 2nd XI Batting award
Nicky has come along way since joining the club as a junior. Due to his age he was unable to play in this first couple of seasons, but now his hard work has paid off and he will be a great asset in the second XI. This season should see him pushing for some first XI games. Well done Nicky, keep up the hard work!
Shannon “Nora” Thorpe
2020 – 2nd XI Bowling Award
2020 – Duck Award
2020 – 1st XI Batting Award