Northern Counties start cricket season away at Forres
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The senior North of Scotland cricket season starts this weekend with the Senior Cup kicking things off.
With just six teams entering the Senior League for 2022, the cup starts at the quarter final stage, with two teams – Ross County and newcomers Fort Augustus – earning byes.
Northern Counties, though, are due to be in action to earn their spot in the semi final away at Forres St Lawrence.
It is a draw that pits two of the favourites for silverware against each other at the first possible opportunity, with Forres winning the league title last year only slightly ahead of Counties and finishing runners up in both cup competitions.
So, then, it will be a tough task awaiting Counties at Grant Park, but they can take confidence from already having a competitive win under their belts in the Cricket Scotland Challenge Cup, where they knocked out Comrie.
The remaining quarter final contest sees Nairn County – who admit they are in something of a rebuild this year – host Elgin at the Links.
Sunday will see Nosca’s reserve teams back in league action after their own cup group stage took precedence last weekend.
Highland are due to host Buckie at Fraser Park, while once again Northern Counties will be going on the road, this time making the slightly shorter journey to Nairn County.
Elsewhere, Ross County travel to Fochabers, while Forres St Lawrence head to Elgin’s Cooper Park.
Last time out Northern Counties and Highland both picked up wins over Ross County and Skye and Lochalsh respectively.