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Ross County Cricket Club to close out 2020 season with Northern Counties rematch at Strathpeffer's Castle Leod


By Andrew Henderson

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Ross County Cricket Club will bring the curtain down on their 2020 season with another friendly against Northern Counties.

The Inverness outfit will visit Castle Leod on Sunday in a repeat of their fixture from two weeks ago, which Northern Counties won.

Then, Ross County got off to a strong start through Duncan Scott and skipper Graeme Carney.

Scott scored 61, but Carney went even bigger, reaching 105 before retiring.

Ross County captain Graeme Carney hit 105 against Northern Counties two weeks ago. Picture: Gary Anthony
Ross County captain Graeme Carney hit 105 against Northern Counties two weeks ago. Picture: Gary Anthony

There was not much more depth to their batting order though, and when Northern Counties’ opening batsman David Dugdale matched Carney’s total the momentum swung towards the visitors.

From County’s point of view, the aspect of the game that needs improving is clear.

However, there will also be a sense of relief that any cricket has managed to get played at all.

All North of Scotland Cricket Association competitions fell by the wayside earlier this year, leaving friendlies as the only option for clubs to get some form of match action this year.

With restrictions becoming stricter again, Ross County have done well to get several games in.

They faced Highland, Nairn County home and away and this Sunday will make it a double header against Northern Counties too.

So Carney is pleased with what the club have been able to do in 2020.

“I think it has been good,” he explained.

“All the games have been played in quite a good spirit.

“They maybe haven’t been so much about the results as they have been about getting everybody opportunities to play and giving them a fair chance during the games.

“Certainly in the games we have been involved in, both sides have done that.

“All in all it has been done in a safe way, and it shows how keen people up here are to play cricket.”

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