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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