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Ross County captain is not worried by changes to side ahead of Nairn clash


By Andrew Henderson

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Ross County Cricket Club captain Graeme Carney is not worried about potentially having to change his winning team this weekend.

Ross County defeated Nairn County last weekend. Picture: Callum Mackay
Ross County defeated Nairn County last weekend. Picture: Callum Mackay

Nairn County will visit Castle Leod tomorrow looking to pick up a result after the Strathpeffer outfit defeated them at the Links last Sunday.

For Carney’s side, it was a strong all-round performance that saw nearly everyone in the squad contribute to the victory – especially the top order batsmen who scored two 50s and a 49 between them.

Carney played well to pick up one of those 50s, but he expects to make changes.

Some players are unavailable for the return fixture, so his hand will be forced slightly, but he is confident that whatever 11 players take to the wicket will be capable of pulling off a repeat performance.

“Us and Nairn are two quite evenly-matched teams,” Carney said.

“We always have competitive, high-scoring games and that’s exactly what we got last Sunday.

“We might have to make some changes, but we’ve got good players waiting to come back in.

“We had quite a lot of players to pick our 11 from last time out, so the ones that are going out I think will be replaced by good players as well.

“I’m not too worried about what side we’ll have, we’ve got plenty of depth at our club.”

Nairn will likely be making changes of their own, with last weekend’s stand-in captain Dave Wolton a doubt after opening both the bowling and batting for his side.

Carney though will be focusing on his own side, and after working on fielding in the build-up to last Sunday’s victory he wants to continue to improve in that area.

“There were a couple of catches that went down, we dropped Wolton behind the stumps early on which made life more difficult for us with him getting 50,” Carney said.

“We dropped a few catches, but then we took some difficult chances as well, so all in all it was an improvement from the week before.

“Young Joey Embleton took two in the deep that were both exceptional catches, so that was a plus point.”

Another bonus on a personal level would have been Carney’s own performance with the bat, as he was relieved to make a big score after only lasting four balls in Ross County’s first friendly against Highland without scoring.

“I think anything would have been an improvement to be honest!” he laughed.

“I rode my luck a couple of times, but then I managed to capitalise and score a few boundaries which was nice.

“It’s always good to be out in the middle.”

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