2017 Season StartNewsletters

Posted 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.

Cricket Force 2017Updates

Posted by Patrick Gerring Sat, March 25, 2017 17:08:37

A massive thank you to all those who turned up today (25/03/2017) to assist with the opening of the Pavilion for the 2017 season.

A dishwasher was installed, a new cupboard put up, a cage erected, grass cut, wood sanded and windows washed!

Here are a few photos from the day:

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2016 Newsletter Season EndNewsletters

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


Newsletter - November 2016

Blog image 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.

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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.

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

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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

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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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Cricket ForceUpdates

Posted by Patrick Gerring Fri, March 24, 2017 12:56:07

Our Cricket Force Event is tomorrow (Saturday 25th March)

Join us at The Pavilion from 12pm and assist us with clearing out and setting up the Pavilion for the Season ahead.

Can't join us tomorrow? Why not pop down on Sunday 26th March and introduce yourself to the club as we will be hosting our first net/practice session of the 2017 season.

Pre-Season NetsUpdates

Posted by Patrick Gerring Tue, March 07, 2017 15:33:53

Pre-Season Nets will begin Sunday 26th March at 12pm Noon.

Date Time
Sun 26th March 12pm
Sat 1st April 12pm
Tues 4th April 5:30pm
Thur 6th April 5:30pm
Sat 8th April 12pm
Tues 11th April 5:30pm
Thur 13th April 5:30pm
Tues 18th April 5:30pm
Thur 20th April 5:30pm

Times will change when Season begins.

Schools Kwik Cricket Tournament 2017Updates

Posted by Patrick Gerring Tue, March 07, 2017 13:28:32

Nairn County Cricket Club host their annual Nairnshire Schools Kwik Cricket Tournament on Thursday 25th May. Auldearn, Cawdor, Millbank and Rosebank Primary Schools take part in the day long event.

Last year Auldearn Primary won for the first time, coincedently ex-Auldearn pupil and NCCC Senior Captain Iain Macleod was missing from the event due to work commitments.

Nairn County VS Forres (7/8/2016) RESERVE T20 CUPMatch Reports

Posted by Tom Green Mon, August 08, 2016 13:25:17

Forres 77-5

Nairn County 78-4

Nairn County Cricket Club progress to the finals of the Reserve T20 Cup after defeating Forres at the Links last Sunday. Forres were put into bat and were limited to 77 runs and lost five wickets because of a strong performance by Nairn in the field and with the ball. Four Nairn bowlers took a wicket apiece despite having to deal with adverse weather conditions.

After a short interval, Nairn went into bat and lost two early wickets in the innings. Nairn eventually recovered from these early setbacks to win the match with five overs to spare. The pick of the Nairn batsmen was Martin Bronkhorst who scored 20 runs and Iain Macleod who scored 17. Nairn’s reserves will be in the T20 finals next week to win their first piece of silverware of the season.

Nairn County VS Elgin (31/7/2016) RESERVESMatch Reports

Posted by Tom Green Mon, August 08, 2016 13:22:02

Nairn County 161-8
Martin Bronkhorst 46
Alex Green 40

J.McWilliam 3-20

Elgin 51-All Out

R. Brandsma 2-5
S. Neill 2-6

Nairn County’s reserve team stay top of the NOSCA Reserve League after a comprehensive victory against Elgin at the Nairn Links last Sunday. Elgin won the toss and put Nairn into bat. Nairn’s top order had a good start to the game scoring 104 runs within the first 20 overs. After the drinks break, Elgin’s bowlers were able to restrict Nairn to 3 runs an over which resulted in Nairn finishing the innings on 161 runs for eight wickets. The pick of the Nairn batsmen was Martin Bronkhorst who scored 46 runs and Alex Green who scored 40.

After the interval, Nairn’s bowling attack went after Elgin's top order managed to dismiss the opening five batsmen within ten overs. Elgin’s batsmen were unable to recover and were quickly bowled out for 51 runs in 20 overs. The pick of the Nairn bowlers was Steven Neill, Alex Green and Ronin Brandsma who each took two wickets. Once again Nairn’s juniors played an important role in the game with Ronin Brandsma and Henry Kerr each taking wickets as well as Shane Hayward and George Kerr making contributions important contributions in the field.