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Highland Cricket Club to return to training

By Andrew Henderson

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Highland Cricket Club could finally be back in training tomorrow after government restrictions continued to ease.

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This week it was announced that, subject to implementing safety measures, cricket facilities can be used for outdoor exercise.

The Fraser Park-based club will be limiting the number of players attending training sessions, adhering to household rules for social distancing, and separating them into groups in different areas of the pitch.

No sharing of kit will be allowed, hand sanitising points will be set up and an official Covid-19 monitor for the club has been appointed to ensure the regulations are adhered.

An extra boost for the club is that their pavilion is allowed to open again for access to toilet facilities, which was not originally set to be permitted.

A small group were at Fraser Park on Monday night to check practicalities, and weather permitting Highland expect their first proper session to take place tomorrow.

When they lifted the Nosca Senior League title last August, they would not have expected it would be nearly a year before they were back out on the pitch.

So club captain John Paul says it will be a massive relief to return to playing in any form.

“We’re just eager to get out and get started,” he explained.

“We’ve not got a full training schedule planned out, because the advice keeps changing and it depends on the weather.

“It now looks likely that we are going to get some cricket this year though, which we are very much looking forward to.

“We’re looking to do so many things with the club going forward, but we almost took for granted that we could go and hit the ball and play some cricket whenever we wanted.

“Lockdown has given us a real sense of what very simple, basic things mean to us. We’re not thinking that far ahead, we just want to get out and put bat to ball and get the ball in our hands again.”

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