Scottish Cricket's Baton Bearers
After all the hype, the 2014 Commonwealth Games have finally got underway in Glasgow after the Queen’s Baton made its way through towards Glasgow.
Although the sport of cricket isn’t currently part of the games, it hasn’t stopped a number of Scottish cricketers from the privilege of being a nominated Baton Bearer.
Scotland’s assistant head coach, Craig Wright, took hold of the baton through Portobello, while Scotland spinner Majid Haq carried it through the streets of Paisley.
Seven on the Scotland women’s cricketers took part across the country, with Captain Abbi Aitken being handed the responsibility through her home-town of Montrose.
Kari Carswell, Liz Priddle, Kirstie Gordon, Zoe Conway, Catlin Heathcote and Abtaha Masqood were the other members of the squad to get their hands on the Baton.
“I’m delighted that so many of our female players have been selected to take part in this prestigious event. They are a fantastic bunch of athletes with a tremendous work ethic and commitment to sport and their communities, and it’s a great honour for so many to be participating” said Kari Carswell.
Abtaha also featured on BBC Asian Network Radio with DJ Noreen Khan following her stint.
It’s not only been national players who have been in action though, it was also the perfect opportunity to honour some of those who make a valuable contribution to cricket in our communities.
As the baton passed through Aberdeen Alan Barron (Stoneywood-Dyce CC) and Ian Sutherland (Cults CC) were honoured for their lengthy contributions to our sport.
Richard Ferro (AGSFP CC) was honoured for his contribution to table-tennis whilst your Lewis Munro (Cults/Artisans CC) was part of the flotilla when Olympic gold-medallist Tim Baillie carried the baton down the River Dee.
Further north Gus Farr of Forres CC took hold of the Baton, Kim Neil (Nairn CCC) escorted it through Kinloss, she was nominated by Sydney Hewitt from Elgin Cricket Club nominated, for the work with Kwik cricket festivals and the development of cricket and the development of cricket and netball in the Moray and Highlands area with juniors and seniors.
After the walk Kim Neil said, “It was a wonderful experience, which I will most probably not have again.”
Colin Dawson of Glasgow Accies was rewarded for the dedication he has shown to his clubs junior section, taking the baton through Glasgow. He was nominated by Moira Atkinson, the wife of the clubs late past President and Cricket Section Chairman, Colin Atkinson.