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
NewslettersPosted by Patrick Gerring Fri, March 24, 2017 13:05:29
season has come to an end. I would like
to thank all for their contributions, time and effort.
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.
to Iain Macleod for his leadership and organisation of the Senior League.
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.
Hayward, Iain Macleod, Steven Neill, Matthew Hoggard (Ex England player),
Magnus Neill, Calum Forsyth and Alex Green at the NOSCA Dinner.
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.
support the Chernobyl children each year
and our Club also supported them with equipment at the Links.
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
Senior Bowling: Steven Neill
Strike Rate: Jason Brandsma
Most Runs: Alex Green
Strike Rate: Iain Macleod
Best Catch: Wicket
Brian Stewart Iain
Alex Green Ronin
Improved: All Round - Shane Hayward
the Year: Alex Green
League Winners, sponsored by ARNOLD CLARK
would like to thank Arnold Clark for their donation of Cricket shirts for the 2016.
Improved: Batting - Andrew Suddick
Improved: All Round - Alicia Thomson
the Game: Ross Youngman
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.
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
Our AGM will be held on the 14th January 2017,
the venue is still to be confirmed.
NewslettersPosted by Patrick Gerring Sun, January 10, 2016 18:36:14
NAIRN COUNTY CRICKET CLUB NEWSLETTER 2015
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Jasmine, we wish them many happy years together
Andy and Esti
became a little cricketer richer on the arrival of baby Struan
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Player: George Kerr, with mention of Ronin Brandsma.
U/16 - Batting-
Gabriel Gallman Findlay : Bowling - Jason Brandsma
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
5 wicket hauls: Patrick Gerring, Calum Forsyth, and Martin
Dedication - Iain
McLeod : Most catches - Alex Green
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