North of Scotland Cricket Association Senior T20 Cup begins
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Cricketers across the North of Scotland will face a different challenge this weekend as the T20 Cup round robins take place.
Matches will be half the length of a standard league game, and each side will play twice tomorrow, with each group winner then progressing to the final.
In Inverness, Northern Counties will host Ross County – who they beat last weekend in the league – and Fort Augustus at the Meeting Park.
Counties have been in imperious form in the Senior League so far this season with a 100 per cent record, but club captain Will Ford says there will not be so much pressure on the squad this weekend.
“It’s a whole different ball game.
“I’ve talked to my vice captain Matty Latimer and a couple of the senior players, and we’re going to use this weekend as a bit of a release.
“There has been a lot of pressure on results and keeping things going, and we’ve got two games on Saturday that we’ll try to use as a release.
“People can just go out and enjoy themselves, try things out, but the process won’t change.
“We’ll make sure that we bat our overs, and that we bowl tight lines and stick to the plan, but it won’t be so results driven.
“It will be performance driven, giving us things to work on. You always want to win, but enjoyment comes into it massively too.
“If you can enjoy it enough, you’re a winner anyway.”
Counties play Ross County in the first game of the day at 10.30am on Saturday, with the other matches due to start at 1.30pm and 4.30pm.