Around NoSCA - July 14

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Among the highlights of the 2014 NoSCA season is the NEW WEBSITE which has provided excellent coverage of the season almost ball-by-ball but certainly in a much more colourful, informative and user-friendly fashion.

Senior League

With the season past the mid way point the race for the Black Dog Financial Service league title has developed into a two-horse race, well possibly just and maybe still a four horse finish!!

As the table below shows Fochabers haven’t had it all their own way but including a nail-biter against second placed Buckie which could well be the match of the campaign but also the title decider! Fochabers were bowled out for a paltry 98 by a strong Buckie bowling attack but the men from Castle Park restricted Buckie to just 94 in reply.

Saturday’s rain affected match between chasing rivals Forres and Buckie which was eventually abandoned could well have sealed the return of the NoSCA Senior League title to Fochabers!

Team

P

W

D

L

Pts

%

Fochabers

8

7

0

1

147

91.9

Buckie

8

6

1

1

137

85.6

Forres

8

5

1

2

122

76.2

Highland

8

5

0

3

117

73.1

Fort William

8

3

0

5

89

55.6

Ross County

7

2

0

5

56

40.0

Elgin

9

1

0

8

64

35.6

Nairn

8

2

0

6

39

24.4

It could, however,  all be down to how the top three fair in games against fourth-placed Highland CC. The men from Fraser Park could well become champions but they will certainly decide the final top three places!  

Reserve League

Northern Counties CC continue their ‘rehabilitation’ in the Reserve League, unbeaten in the League and winners of the Reserve T20 to add to their portfolio and case for a return to the Senior League in 2015.

Juniors

Now in its fourth summer the Moray Cricket Association’s own Eadie Walls Trophy has reached the half way stage after two rounds at Gordonstoun School and Buckie Cricket Club.

The Trophy came into being to bridge the gap between the very successful round of P6 school’s Kwik Cricket festivals that have seen virtually every P5/6 child in a Morayshire school receiving taster sessions from the MCA’s Community Coach (firstly Toby Hardwick and now Neil Nichol) and local club coaches.

It has proved to be very successful and extremely popular with the kids, to quote MCA Chair, Iain MacDonald, ‘they [the kids] just love it, they cannot seem to get enough of it and it is increasing numbers coming into the clubs every year.’

2014’s stats certainly echo those words; there has been a record number of teams taking-part thus far from Aberlour House, Buckie, Elgin (two teams), Fochabers, Forres, Huntly Girls, Huntly P5s and Nairn (two teams). After 21 games over the first two rounds (there are at least another 30 to go) there is no clear leader with Huntly Girls and Nairn having won all of their games; Huntly P5s and Forres are biting at the leaders heels!

But it isn’t all about winning in the Eadie Walls Trophy as there is also a Fair-Play Trophy (akin to the Spirit of Cricket) . . . and it wouldn’t be quite in the spirit of the game to reveal the placings in that !

Junior Representative

The North once again has three active cricket development groups in the Moray Cricket Association, the (Aberdeen) City-Shire CDG and the Highlands CDG and these will soon be over-seeing Inter Area games at Under-12s and Under-14s and also Under-18s games between Aberdeenshire CA and NoSCA.

With a great deal of the regions youngsters already playing Senior Cricket many of these games will take place midweek during the summer holidays. Indeed the inaugural Under-14s Inter Area programme will now take place as three 8-a-side (hardball) midweek festivals (one in each area) culminating in an NRDC Under-14s Probables v Possibles 40 over match to give the NRDC coaches a final chance to see their new charges in action before winter training sets in.

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