Sunday’s match in the Reserve league was at Huntly’s Castle Park, and the closure of the A96 and a diversion risked making the Nairn players late for the game. But they arrived in time to take the field (both teams fielding only 10 players) and opening bowler Hayward struck early on, getting Dawar caught by new player Will Ringler for only 3. The real bowling damage was done by Bronkhorst, who swiftly dismissed three more batsmen with the score not yet on 40. The Huntly team then brought on an unannounced extra player, Clarke, which caused some raised eyebrows, particularly as he is one of Huntly’s leading batsmen. He proceeded to hit an aggressively swift 21, but justice was done when Owens caught him off the bowling of Iain MacLeod. After that the hosts struggled, and were bowled out for a total of 95 in 20 overs. Bronkhorst’s eventual bowling figures were 4 for 12, and Macleod 3 for 19.
Nairn reckoned that target was well within reach, and so it proved. Macleod clocked up 19 before confusion over a run-call led to him running himself out. The devious spin of Huntly’s Dawar bowled both Forsyth (for 5) and Hayward (for a first-ball duck). Owens was caught for 2, and Alex Green made 5 not out, but the central role and the lion’s share of the runs was delivered by Bronkhorst who ended on 53 not out. A total of 97 for 4 wickets in 27 overs gave the Nairn team the victory.
Two games and two wins is a great start. Early days, of course, but Nairn’s season has begun in positive and optimistic fashion.