In the latest of this season’s Thursday features, Gary Heatly catches up with Graeme Carney from Ross County CC…
In 2000, the Olympics were held in Sydney and Ross County CC were winning some silverware. Fast forward 21 years and the Olympics are being held in Tokyo and Ross County are celebrating winning a senior trophy.
Earlier this month the Strathpeffer outfit, who play their home games in the grounds of the magnificent Castle Leod, took on Forres St Lawrewnce CC in the final of the North of Scotland Cricket Association (NoSCA) T20 tournament.
They performed well from ball one, keeping their opponents under pressure as they bowled first and then, in reply, knocking the required runs off to get home by 10 wickets.
“Given that it had been so long since the club had won a senior trophy, it was a special game for everyone who was involved,” Ross County skipper Graeme Carney said.
“What was pleasing for me as captain was that, although we have been boosted by several new players this season, it was club stalwarts Paul Moxon and Steve Embleton who took the key wickets and then fellow experienced players Duncan Scott and Toby Hardwick scored the runs to see us home.
“We are just a small club, but everyone who plays and is involved off the field gives a lot to try and make things at Ross County successful, so it was a nice feeling to lift some silverware.
“Like everyone else involved in Scottish cricket, we were frustrated by the lack of games last year and everyone has come back this season with a spring in their step.
“We also have some juniors playing at the club and they train on the same night as the seniors so that we can try and integrate them into things when the time is right.
“And it is not lost on anyone involved with Ross County that we are very fortunate to play in one of the most picturesque grounds in the country.
“I may be biased, but when the sun is shining there are few better places to play and the ground is always kept in great condition by our groundsman Renato Belli.”
Next month Ross County will be involved in another match for silverware when they take on Forres St Lawrence again, this time in the final of the NoSCA Cup.
In terms of the league, well Ross County are currently third in the NoSCA Senior League which began on June 12.
They have won two and lost one to date and last weekend they beat Elgin by 248-runs after posting a club – and likely league – record total of 392, with the captain leading by example with 186 runs.
“It was nice to score some runs and I have been in quite good form recently, but really I am just pleased that the club is in a good place at the minute,” Carney said.
This weekend Ross County are due to be away to Nairn County on league duty on Saturday.
Ross County CC are pictured after their recent T20 success