Nairn Cricket Club are reaching out to all areas of the community this summer.

And their cricket provision for disabled local people has grown thanks to a lot of hard work by volunteers.

The club launched table cricket at The Manor, a care home for disabled people in Nairn.

Club chair Kim Neill said:  “This went down very well as they have many folk with different needs in the home.

“On the day of the launch Nairn's Provost Laurie Fraser and Fiona Green from Disability Highlands attended and they were very impressed how the game could involve people with quite severe disabilities. 

“It was a great afternoon with lots of competitive individuals seeing how many runs they could score.”

Since then the club have been coaching in two schools for disabled chiildren, the Drummond School in Inverness and St Clement’s in Dingwall.

Pupils at the Drummond School have had both kwik cricket and table cricket made available to them and have some very good players in their softball team which is good news for a possible regional side in future.

St Clement’s have two table cricket teams, one girls and one boys on the table cricket side. 

“The teams at St Clement’s are really competitive as table cricket is very strategic. They have just started softball and I'm sure there will be some good players there as well,” Neill added.

The table cricket program was been initiated by the ECB and supported by the Lord's Taverners. Cricket Scotland have also become heavily involved.

The game is played on a table tennis table with sides and sliders as fielders and the ball is bowled off a ramp. The batsman must play a controlled shot, rather than smashing the ball. 

Runs are scored when the ball hits the spaces not protected by the moving sliders.

Cricket really is for all - and Nairn are helping to spread the word!