‘Lockdown’s left us on a sticky wicket’ says Ross County Cricket Club
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Ross County Cricket Club had a rise in numbers at the club before lockdown meant preparations for the new season ground to a halt.
The Castle Leod outfit had continued to train over the winter months in Dingwall, with an encouraging response.
However, just as training was set to move outdoors sport was shut down due to the coronavirus, pushing the 2020 season back until June at the earliest.
For a less popular sport such as cricket, maintaining interest and participation is crucial to its existence in the area, so it could be a big hit to momentum after such a promising start to the year.
“We were doing winter training this season, which we hadn’t done in years, to get a head start on the season,” club captain Graeme Carney said.
“That had to be knocked on its head, which is a bit disappointing because the sessions were quite successful.
“We probably had more people than we were expecting at the winter training, a couple of new faces, but all of that came to quite a swift halt.
“Everyone seemed to be quite excited about the new season, whereas in the last couple of years we had struggled to get back into it quickly because we hadn’t done enough.”
Star batsman Carney returns to the captaincy this year, after serving as vice-captain under Duncan Scott last summer.
The County batting order especially had no excuses not to be sharp ahead of the new season, after the club invested in new equipment to help them keep on top of their skills.
“We invested in a bowling machine that we’ve been setting up in the hall in Dingwall, so the batsmen were getting plenty of practice on that with different strokes,” Carney explained.
“Had we been allowed to continue we would have been better prepared than what we had done last season anyway.”