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THE local cricket team is looking for new players in its 160th year.
Although most records were damaged beyond repair by smoke in a house fire, Forres St Lawrence CC can trace it’s roots back to 1857/58 when engineers working for Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway founded the club while building the Findhorn Viaduct. St Lawrence played at Roysvale until the Grant Park crease was developed in the 1920s after the acquisition of Forres House by the Town Council.
The historically successful club plays on Saturdays and Sundays from late April to early September in the North of Scotland Cricket Association senior and reserve leagues.
Current secretary Caroline Farr was thrilled to see a return to form in 2008 after a lengthy period of no honours. Forres won the T20 trophy followed in 2011 by the senior knockout cup.
She said: “Since the win in 2008, we’ve won more T20’s, knockout cups and reserve honours.
“In 2012, after 59 years, Forres finally won the senior league trophy and followed it up by winning it again in 2015.
“However, we want to strengthen our club and are always on the look out for more players as we have so many fixtures throughout the season.”
St Lawrence now have around 40 members on their books including some who are non-playing or only occasionally available for selection.
“Our senior team is fortunate to have some of the best players in the league,” added Farr.
“Pal Dhami, Derek Ross, Fraser Merricks and Gus Farr regularly pick up honours ... but cricket is a team game that anyone can contribute to. We also have promising junior female players and the services of former Scotland international Charlotte Farr when she’s not at sea. We have some sort of cricket for everyone but are keen to increase our female membership.”
The junior section coaching sessions at Forres Academy after school on Thursdays are also open to new players. The school hopes to enter a team into a Moray competition this year.
“Our trained, accredited and PVG-checked coaches work hard to give local youngsters opportunities to play and develop,” said Farr. “We also host the Forres Primary schools cricket festival every May, something which we hope to make bigger and better for 2017.”
St Lawrence field a team in the midweek Elgin pub league and are hoping to stage a mini league in Forres for a few weeks this summer.
“It will be a fun competition for anyone to have a go at,” added Farr.
The club made improvements to the pavilion last year including installation of an electronic scoreboard. Members are planning a major refurbishment in future.
Regular practice is on Tuesday evenings at Grant Park from 6pm. Juniors train on Mondays from 6pm.
See the Forres St. Lawrence Cricket Club Facebook page for further details.