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Northern Counties Cricket Club was established in 1864 and has survived the many years due to its ability to adapt to the changing environment. Today Counties is a warm friendly club, welcoming new members of all shapes, sizes and abilities. The diversity of our membership is our strength and is what unites us on and off the pitch. The club competes in the North of Scotland Cricket Association competitions.
To celebrate our 150th year, membership for new players in the current season is half price. Just come along to one of our training sessions and introduce yourself!
- Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00
- Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00
Match Report - 01/06/14: Northern Counties vs. Buckie - Black Dog Financial Services Reserve League
On a warm Sunday afternoon, it became a field-day for bowlers when Buckie won the toss and put Northern Counties into the field. Counties opening bowlers, N. Eshwara and D. Dugdale, applied pressure early, with only 3 runs coming from the first 4 overs. Wickets then fell rapidly for Buckie, with the innings closing prematurely at 23 all out. Dugdale and Eshwara picked up 3 wickets apiece, and first-change bowler P. Cowman finished off the lower order ending up with 4 wickets for 2 runs.
With a target of just 24 to chase off 40 overs, Northern Counties decided to change around their batting order but some good bowling from Buckie’s openers threw doubt on this decision as they took 7 wickets before the target was achieved, bringing to a close an unusual match which saw around 30 overs played for a tally of 47 runs and 17 wickets.
Congratulations to everyone who played on the day for a good win and a fantastic effort throughout the match.
Match Report - 18/05/14: Northern Counties vs. Fort William - Reserve Cup
Northern Counties opened their Reserve Cup campaign with a tight, high scoring game against Fort William at the Northern Meeting Park. Put in to bat, Counties lost an early wicket but then rallied, pushing up a low early scoring rate thanks to some powerful hitting. With Patrick Cronin, Peter Cowman and Bilal Mohamed each reaching the cup’s retirement limit of 35, and another batsman just missing out after being bowled on 31, Counties ended their innings on the seemingly formidable total of 184 from their 30 overs.
Fort William, however, came out after the interval undeterred by the chase ahead, with opener Charles Luxton taking 9 runs off the opening over before going on to retire on an undefeated 38. Counties managed to pull the run rate back to just under the target, but Fort William continued to stay within reach, with runs coming freely in the later stages of the match. With D.J. Duncan also reaching the retirement limit, and 2 other batsmen reaching the mid-twenties, they ended an enjoyable game in style with R. Lavin hitting a straight 4 to win the match with just over an over to spare.
Match Report - 27/04/14: Ross County vs. Northern Counties - Reserve Cup
Northern Counties commenced the 2014 season in style with a competent win over Ross County’s reserve side on Sunday. Put in to bat, Counties’ opener Dave Dugdale got off to a brisk start before being dismissed for 16. Fellow opener Mike Evans dug in against tight bowling, but was eventually dismissed for 8. A lengthy partnership between captain Peter Cowman (49) and Nuwan Eshwara (47) gave the lower order a strong base to build on in the final 10 overs. With Bilal Mohamed scoring a quick 32 down the order, Counties closed on 199 for 9. Ross County’s wicket takers were: Steve Embleton with 3 for 21; Nadia Tolliday with 2 for 53; and Lennox Boyd with 2 for 44.
Counties’ then bowled accurately, making scoring difficult and picking up early wickets assisted by some strong fielding. Newcomer Patrick Cronin led the wicket takers with 3 for 5 off 4 overs, also taking a good catch. Falling behind the rate, Ross County continued to lose wickets as they tried to force the pace, ending the innings on 62 all out, providing Northern Counties with an encouraging start to their club rebuilding program.
A huge well done to all those who played and gave such a great all-round performance to kick off the new season.