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Back in action at Kinmount

CRICKET has returned to Annan this summer at Kinmount House after a two year covid hiatus.

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By Zac Hannay
Annan and Eskdale

THE Annan/Kinmount cricketers reconvened in late May following the return of a seven team midweek league and Cup competition.

Having seen the demise of three previous participants in the league since covid, the emphasis from the remaining clubs was on restarting cricket and ensuring the growth and continuation of the sport.

Annan/Kinmount began their season in whirlwind fashion notching three opening wins in a row, against Dalton, then Galloway at Gatehouse and a concession from St Michael’s.

After three matches Annan were top of the league. However, defeats followed to Nunholm at Dumfries, and then to the impressive Health Pros (Dumfries Hospital). Lockerbie then conceded the final league fixture of the season. The league was played in a friendly sporting manner and there were some impressive performances.

The midweek season culminated in a win against Lockerbie last week at Kinmount in the Plate Cup Final.

This fixture was notable for the return to Annan, temporarily from Melbourne in Australia, of former player Scott McCann, son of former PE teacher at Annan Academy Colin McCann. All wished Scott well and were glad to see him.

Thanks are expressed to those who have given their time in whatever way to ensure Annan/Kinmount returned to the field, as well as local players, we have relied on our new friends at Brampton and also existing friends from around the area to make up our squad.

Sunday friendly fixtures are pencilled in for Kinmount on August 14 and 28, with further opposition and dates hoped for (all welcome).

Thanks also go to Kinmount Estate, without them the club would not be able to entertain visitors in what must be one of the most eye catching cricket grounds around. Also, to groundsman Cameron who does all the unseen, unsung work which allows us to play the game we all enjoy. Onwards to next season!