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Nairn County Cricket Club to play special match to celebrate 150th anniversary


By Will Clark

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Nairn County Cricket Club.
Nairn County Cricket Club.

NAIRN County Cricket Club are set to celebrate its 150th anniversary with a special match which will take place on Sunday.

The landmark milestone at the club is set to be marked with a friendly clash between a President XI and Captain’s XI at Links Park.

President Mike Davies will lead a team against Mark Elvines who will skipper the Captain’s team, with the 30-over match set to start at 1pm.

An extended tea break will take place at 3pm at The Pavilion with the second innings set to start at 4pm.

Committee member Tim Hyatt says it is hoped to be a tremendous occasion with some old faces set to join current players to mark the occasion.

“The president of the club and the captain of the development club will be leading out the two teams,“ confirmed Hyatt.

“We thankfully have two full teams with 22 players taking part, which is great for us as that has been a challenge for us this season.

“Some past players along with current players will be taking part in the match and we will have a really good mix of players.

“The match will be 30-overs a side so they start at 1pm and will have an extended team break at 3pm for an hour.

“The second innings take place between 4pm and 6pm and afterwards a celebration meal takes place at The Bandstand.

“We have people who have been involved in the club for many years and it is good we have people coming back.”

The match will feature a wide age range with the youngest players set to be and the oldest set to be 70.

The club currently has around 30 members and Hyatt says there is a feel good factor at the club at present.

He says it will be a great occasion to mark 150 years of Nairn County Cricket Club, which was a founder member of the North of Scotland Cricket League in 1893.

He said: “There is evidence of cricket being played before 1874, but no under the banner of Nairn County Cricket Club.

“At the beginning of the season we were struggling for players but in the last couple of weeks things are looking brighter with some new players coming in making a big difference.

”It has not been a bad season, everyone is enjoying the match and wanting to play next week. That is the positive feeling in the club at the moment.

Nairn County experienced a tight loss in their latest North of Scotland Cricket League clash last weekend when they lost to Forres St Lawrence by two runs.


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