2017 Season Start

NewslettersPosted by Patrick Gerring Thu, April 13, 2017 08:46:07

After a mild winter, we are looking forward to a warm summer. Not sure if this will happen, but we can always hope! Over the winter Iain Lednor has moved to Cheshire, leaving a gap at wicket keeping. There are a few new faces from other clubs joining Nairn and also a few mini's stepping up to the Reserve League from our Junior Development Section.

We are hoping that the confidence built from last year will carry over to the 2017 season, with the opening matches at home against Elgin in the Senior League and Highland in the Reserves. This could be a good omen, as we have not played an opening match at home for a very long time, always playing Ross County or Fort William on the first outing.

This is a big year for cricket in Nairn as there is evidence that cricket has been played since 1842, making it 175 years of cricket in this seaside town. We have had a big write-up in the Nairnshire Telegraph and a display in the Library celebrating this achievement. We also found two photo's of ladies teams in the 1930's. Who they played against and how they came together is still not known.

Over the season there will be a few celebratory matches with a ladies match, an old boys match and a Scotland President XI at the Links.

We are hoping that the local Community will come together and celebrate this event, as there are many reports of thousands of spectators been at the Links watching cricket.

In May there will be a new program launched across Scotland called "All Stars Cricket" for children between the ages 5-9 years. Nairn have signed up for this with Alex Green being the coach. Parents can sign up their children for this program on the All Stars Cricket website. They need to put in their postcode to find the nearest participating Club.

This week Alex Green and Kim Neill launched a new program called Table Cricket that has been initiated by the ECB (England Cricket Board) and supported by the Lord's Taverners. The program is developed for those that have a disability. The game is played on a table tennis table, with sides and sliders as fielders and the ball is bowled off a ramp. The batsman must play a controlled shot, rather than smashing the ball. The game brings people together who would not have had a chance to play normal cricket, forming friendships and building confidence. The launch was at The Manor in Nairn with members of the Community taking part. Provost Laurie Fraser and Fiona Green from Disability Highland were there for the launch. The program will be taking place in Nairn, Inverness, Dingwall and Tain at schools for disabilities and later will be at the Club Pavilion on a Friday afternoon for the local Community the beginning of May.

Contact Kim Neill at 455486 for any further information on joining any of the programs of the Club. New members and social members are very welcome.

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2016 Newsletter Season End

NewslettersPosted by Patrick Gerring Fri, March 24, 2017 13:05:29


Newsletter - November 2016

Another season has come to an end. I would like to thank all for their contributions, time and effort.

Senior League:

Our senior team finished 9th. With such a young side, it was going to be a difficult task competing against well established senior sides. Steven Neill had the first ton of the season with 137 against Elgin, Iain Lednor 70, Stephen Anniss 65, and Andy Cresswell 61 the other notable contributions over the season. With the ball, Jason Brandsma 5/21 and Alice Baldwin 6/19 took the lead with match changing bowling. Well done to both of them.

Steven Neill represented NOSCA against the MCC and Iain Lednor represented NOSCA against the Strathmore League, well done to them both.

Many thanks to Iain Macleod for his leadership and organisation of the Senior League.

Reserve League:

The Reserve League where most of our young players took part in, was the big success of the year winning the Reserve League for the first time since 1989.

The team was led by Alex Green who did a tremendous job in leading the team to victory. Alex also got his first ton in the League, with Martin Bronkhorst 60, Iain Lednor 84 and Jason Brandsma 83, the other notable contributions.

Alex also received the NOSCA Young Player of the Year Award. Well done to him. This is the 3rd time in 4 seasons that a Nairn player has received this trophy, showing that the junior section is providing good young cricketers. Thanks to Alex for his leadership and contributions coaching the mini's, and also qualifying as a Level 1 Umpire, well done to him.

Shane Hayward, Iain Macleod, Steven Neill, Matthew Hoggard (Ex England player), Magnus Neill, Calum Forsyth and Alex Green at the NOSCA Dinner.

Community projects:

During the season Drummond Special Needs School in Inverness and Auldearn Primary School received Kwik Cricket equipment from the Club to support their PE Department. They also received 4 weeks of coaching from the Club. Two pupils from Drummond School attended the Nairn Festival for some experience.

Nairn Town support the Chernobyl children each year and our Club also supported them with equipment at the Links.

Chernobyl children enjoying cricket at the Links

Our Club Awards Evening was held on the 22nd October where the following players received Awards:


Most Runs: Steven Neill

Best Average: Steven Neill

Senior Bowling: Steven Neill

Senior Strike Rate: Jason Brandsma


Most Runs: Alex Green

Best Average: Iain Lednor

Reserve Bowling: Steven Neill

Reserve Strike Rate: Iain Macleod


Best Catch: Wicket Keeping:

Brian Stewart Iain Lednor

Most Catches: Most Improved: Fielding

Alex Green Ronin Brandsma

Most Improved: All Round - Shane Hayward

Player of the Year: Alex Green

The Reserve League Winners, sponsored by ARNOLD CLARK

Our Club would like to thank Arnold Clark for their donation of Cricket shirts for the 2016.


Most Improved: Batting - Andrew Suddick

Most Improved: All Round - Alicia Thomson

Improvement: Ross Thomson

Spirit of the Game: Ross Youngman

Best Bowler: Albin Leo

Best Batsman: Kristopher Gunn


Nairn Club hosted the T20 Reserve Finals, and the Senior Cup Final this year. The Cup Final was a big event for the Club, as it's the first time a NOSCA pitch has been used for many a year. My thanks go to Steven and Magnus Neill for the preparations of the grass wicket.

Other Meetings and Courses were also held at the Club making the Club a well supported venue in the North.

My thanks go to our Sponsors, Arnold Clark, Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, R & B Landscapes, The Rotary, Mrs Jan Stuart, Cafe Nairn, Highland Council and The Annie Barron Trust, without their support over the season, we would not be one of the best facilities in the North of Scotland.

I would like to wish all our players and supporters a wonderful Festive Season and a wonderful 2017.

Our AGM will be held on the 14th January 2017, the venue is still to be confirmed.

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2015 Season End

NewslettersPosted by Patrick Gerring Sun, January 10, 2016 18:36:14


Another cricket season has come to an end. As Chair there are many positives which I can report on.

We received very generous funding for new green keeping equipment and clothing from Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, Nairn Rotary, Mercedes Benz Highlands and Jan Stuart.

Green keeper, using the new equipment

Ball sponsorships for each match from The Play House, Balance Sport Clinic, Househill Coffee Shop, Pat Fraser, Jac's, Mr D's and Highland Deli, also helped raise funds that covered the costs of the balls and Club's membership fees. We also had 2 fundraising events, the Nairnshire Challenge, which is a good team building exercise

and the Ladies Tea which was a huge success, involving ladies from different sectors of the community, with special guests Kay Jackson from the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation, Yvonne Cotter from Rotary and Jan Stuart


The seniors receiving their playing shirts from Nigel Fuller from Mercedes Benz Highland. Thanks to Andy Cresswell for the senior leadership this season.

On the cricket pitch we started slow with no wins in the first part of the season. The team which is a very young side averaging age of 22, struggled to find their feet, changing opening pairings each week which did not seem to work. Two new players joined the Club, which seemed to inject the boys with hope. Iain Lednor and Martin Bronkhorst added a new wicket keeper and much needed batting power. Both players have made an impact, as they have helped settle batting and bowling positions which have led to some impressive wins by the team.

After a bad loss against Fort William on the very first outing, Nairn returned the favour with just an impressive win at home, bowling the Fort Bill boys out for 24 runs.

Nairn lost narrowly to Ross County by 4 runs, and could not return the revenge away due to rain.

Northern Counties fell victim to another of Nairn's wins when they slumped to a 30 run loss after cruising to a looked like easy win.

Elgin also felt the lash of Nairn as they were bowled out for 34 runs, after Nairn scored 228 for 7, the first ton of the season going to Adrian Neill eventually been caught on 106.

Impressive bowling figures by Patrick Gerring with 6/11 and 6/12, Calum Forsyth 6/13 and Martin Bronkhorst 5/19 showed how much the boys had improved from the beginning of the season.

Adrian Neill, who plays for Aberdeenshire and Nairn, made Scottish cricket history when he took all 10 wickets against Watsonians in Edinburgh in May. Watsonians then took revenge on Arbroath denying them the Eastern Premier National League title by beating them in the last match of the season.

Reserve Competition

T20 title in the Reserve League was also one of those that slipped away by losing to Buckie by 2 runs, after an impressive win over Forres earlier on in the day.

In the Reserve Cup final Nairn faced Forres at Forres due to the Links been unavailable. Nairn played well to reach the final, beating Huntly to reach the final. Forres beat Nairn with 2 over's left.

Thanks to Steven Neill for this year's contribution as reserve captain


Martin married Jasmine, we wish them many happy years together

Andy and Esti became a little cricketer richer on the arrival of baby Struan


James Findlay joined the team as junior match co-ordinator, organising the hardball matches for both U/14 and U/16. Nairn also started slow losing their first opening matches, but finished off strong, ending both leagues in second position. Much improvement has been seen in Jason Brandsma, Gabriel Gallman Findlay, George and Henry Kerr, Shane Hayward and leadership from Ruaridh Summers.

Some of the junior hardball players like Henry, George and Shane have been coming to senior nets which has helped their confidence, in facing the hard ball. Thanks to the senior players for making them feel welcome. Lastly, thanks to James for all his efforts and time spent on the cricket pitch.

Junior hardball player Shane Hayward, ball boy for the day, hands the ball to the opening bowler Patrick Gerring at the start of one of Nairn's home games.

James with son Gabriel in action


No mini matches were played this season, which was a disappointment for both players and parents, this after winning the Eadie Walls soft ball league for the last 4 years. Weather also played a part, as the first 2 rounds were cancelled due to rain. Another matter was that too many of the players in the mini group, were very young and not experienced enough to take part in this league.

A game vs Northern Counties was organised, but was cancelled due to the weather. Next season would be different as these little ones will have grown and become stronger for bowling the distance required, and become more attentive on the field when fielding.

My thanks go to Andy Cresswell, Patrick Gerring and Alex Green for coaching the mini's.


Millbank won the Nairn Kwik Cricket Festival, and finished 7th in Scotland after the tournament in Perth. Thanks to Iain Lednor, Iain Macleod, Patrick Gerring, Alex Green and Martin Bronkhorst for their help at the Nairn Tournament.

Nairn Academy took part in the Emerging Schools tournament and beat Milne's High School from Fochabers to reach the finals in Perth. Nairn Academy came second in this tournament. Thanks to Paul Weller for the help of transport.

Family Day

The Club also had a family Day where parents joined in to play cricket footie and a father and son cricket match. Different competitions where held to test the skills of players and some of the fathers joint in to tests their skills.

Northern Counties in their first competitive match against Nairn Union, took place 150 years ago, on the 16th June 1865. Nairn Union became Nairn County in 1874. This clash took place on the 19th September 2015 with Nairn winning with 3 balls remaining. Nairn's oldest player Alan Watson took everyone by surprise by taking a hat trick, at the ripe age of 72.

The team as follows:

Back: Jason Brandsma and Alex Green. Middle: Adrian Neill, Iain McLeod, Fraser McBean and Steven Neill. Front: Alan Watson, Neil Gibson, Iain Lednor, Patrick Gerring and Magnus Neill.

Year end function:

Nairn held their first combined prize giving on the 3rd October at the Club. The usual family game took place , with buffet and prize giving.

The following players received recognition for their efforts during the season.

U/14 - Batting: Henry Kerr - Bowling: Shane Hayward, both these players received trophies at the MCA in the Gordon Baxter League.

Most improved Player: George Kerr, with mention of Ronin Brandsma.

U/16 - Batting- Gabriel Gallman Findlay : Bowling - Jason Brandsma

Leadership: Ruaridh Summers

Junior player of the year: Jason Brandsma, he also received the Batting Award at the MCA for the U/16 Colts League


Batting - Steven Neill 415 runs, and also received the NOSCA Young Player of the year Award

Bowling - Patrick Gerring 24 wickets

5 wicket hauls: Patrick Gerring, Calum Forsyth, and Martin Bronkhorst.

Dedication - Iain McLeod : Most catches - Alex Green

Most Improved player - Martin Bronkhorst : Commitment - Andy Cresswell

Player of the year - Iain Lednor

The annual father and son end of year tournament was won by Neal and Benjamin Dudley.

Lastly, I would like to thank my committee and Sue Green. Without their help the season would not have been so successful.

Kim Neill- Chair

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