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Intermittent showers, sleet and hail stones did not prevent the majority of games being completed on the opening day of the new Grades cricket season, on a day when no less than seven centuries were recorded.

Closest result came at Kellands Park as tenants Mannofield eased out AGSFPs by just two runs, Graeme Johnston top-scoring for the City club’s third string in a low-scoring match.

wytbu8  Apr 26 2015 - 5:36pm   

You may or may not have heard yet that we have formed the new Aberdeenshire Association of Cricket Officials

I’ve been appointed chairman of said Association and wanted to touch base with you regards your club and any potential Umpires/Scorers and their availability for the coming season.

wytbu8  Apr 24 2015 - 11:54pm   

Player registrations should by now have been submitted to Tariq Butt, using the form on the website.  All players must be registered before playing in any game – notice of late registrations can be left on the Association Answer phone at 01224-822835 before 1pm, and followed up in writing the following week.  It is the responsibility of clubs to ensure new players are not already registered for 2015 or in debt to any club from previous seasons

wytbu8  Apr 24 2015 - 1:59am   

Info attached regarding a Safeguarding Children’s course at Inverurie Town Hall on Monday 27th April. Particularly relevant for those involved in coaching children.

wytbu8  Apr 24 2015 - 12:41am   

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all looking forward to the official start of the season, at both junior and senior level, in the next few weeks.

I wanted to inform you of a Club Development opportunity coming up on Monday 11th May, 7pm at Inverurie CC. Cricket Scotland, in conjunction with Sports Marketing Network, will be hosting a `Grow Your Cricket Club` Workshop for all clubs in the East to attend on this evening.

wytbu8  Apr 23 2015 - 10:31am   

Weather permitting, cricket in the Aberdeenshire Grades resumes at the weekend under the principal sponsorship of HPR UK, with a full programme of league games on Saturday, and the held-over conclusion to the 2014 Turriff Cup Twenty20 at Stoneywood on Sunday.

wytbu8  Apr 22 2015 - 10:05pm   

Any Clubs using the wickets including the artificial wicket please note email received below

Good Afternoon,

I have been informed that 2 groups had unauthorised access to the Duthie park for cricket practice on Sunday past.

wytbu8  Apr 21 2015 - 12:33am   

As intimated at the successful and well-supported Umpiring Workshop held last week, and Open Meeting is scheduled at Mannofield on Tuesday coming, 21st April 2015 at 7.30pm, to take matters forward and hopefully reactivate the former Aberdeenshire Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers.  A draft Constitution for this is appended, which builds on those of the former body and of the national organisation, SCOA.

wytbu8  Apr 17 2015 - 2:45pm   
Please find attached a copy of a Quick Reference Guide for players
wytbu8  Apr 8 2015 - 1:03pm   

NB There is a mistake on the downloadable Grades Handbook the Balls are £105 per box for the Grade 1 balls and £95 per box for the Grade 2,3 and 4 as per last season.
All Club Secretaries are advised that Thistle Sports now have the first batch of cricket balls in stock for the forthcoming season. To avoid any 
delays you are urged to place your requirement with George Burnett of Thistle Sports ASAP

wytbu8  Apr 4 2015 - 12:11pm   

Please find in the “Downloads” section an updated version 1.11 of the Grades Hand Book, the book has been updated with the latest fixture updates and is formatted for A5 which can be printed as a A5 booklet. In order to do this you will need a duplex printer capable of printing both sides and by selecting the “Booklet” option when printing, also please remember to enable the “Auto-rotate pages within each sheet” button.

wytbu8  Apr 3 2015 - 4:52pm   

Your ACA committee are delighted to announce HPR as our new main sponsor for the 2015 season.
HPR is a provider of skilled and specialist personnel to the offshore construction and Oil & Gas industries. HPR offer their global Client base access to some of the best skilled specialists from around the world.

wytbu8  Mar 31 2015 - 5:19pm   

Cricket Scotland announced that Tony Brian has been appointed as the new Chairman for Cricket Scotland. We therefore offered Tony an invitation to our annual dinner and prize giving, which not only has been accepted by Tony but but discussion are on the way for a table being allocated for Cricket Scotland. Don’t forget Matthew Hoggard is our guest after dinner speaker.

wytbu8  Mar 31 2015 - 2:41pm   

Clubs will be aware that, as part of the introductory message published following his election, the President consulted informally on the suggestion that, following views expressed at and following the SGM on February 22nd an additional clause might be added to the Competitions Sub-Committee Guidelines, approved at that Meeting, the effect of which would be to provide a “sanctions guideline” for offences relating the fielding of unregistered, as well as unqualified, players.  This would not be formally a Rule of the Association – that change cannot be made until the AGM, on the proposal of the Rules Committee or three member clubs, - nor would it introduce any new offence or sanction not already prescribed in the Rules.  If however approved, it would mean that – where any such breach is proved, the Competitions sub-Committee [or Management Committee on appeal] would normally be expected to award the match to the other team, unless the club being investigated was able to establish, to the civil standard of proof – more likely than not – that “exceptional” circumstances existed.  It would therefore guide them in the exercise of their discretion, when choosing from the list of sanctions which the Rules already prescribed as available under Association Rule 6, as reiterated in the Sub-Committee Guidelines.

wytbu8  Mar 23 2015 - 2:12pm   
Please find a copy of the form to be used for any protests or disciplinary action to be taken in the "Downloads" section on the left hand side of this WEB page or attachments below (please note one form is in word and the other in pdf format which ever one you find easy to fill in)
wytbu8  Mar 3 2015 - 5:56pm   
Please Find attached
wytbu8  Mar 3 2015 - 12:59am   

Dear friends and fellow cricket lovers,

I always thought, if given the opportunity I would prepare speech of few lines while taking over Presidency. However never in my dreams did I think that I would become President in such a dramatic fashion.

Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to serve Aberdeenshire Cricket Association (ACA) as its President. Born and brought up in Bombay and Mumbai, cricket has always been major part of my life. Hence I see this as an opportunity to give something back to the game we love from bottom of our hearts.

wytbu8  Mar 1 2015 - 9:16pm   

Please find attached a copy of the Fixture for the 2015 season.

NB The pitch bookings are subject to confirmation and that the remaining rounds of the Aberdeenshire and Turriff Cups will be scheduled once the dates for the Small Clubs Cup are known and/or we have a date for the Final from Mannofield.

wytbu8  Feb 26 2015 - 12:54am   

The Introduction to Umpiring course/workshop will be on Wednesday 8th April at Mannofield in the Bradman Suite – I am going to make this an annual event. 

Also, please find attached details of an Introduction to Umpiring course which is being hosted by Forres CC.

wytbu8  Feb 20 2015 - 8:10pm   
Please find attached the 4 relevant papers for the ACA Annual Spring Meeting which will take place at Shri Bheema’s Indian Restaurant, Parkway Inn, Balgownie Road,  Bridge of Don, on Sunday February 22nd 2015 at 15:00

wytbu8  Feb 13 2015 - 3:42pm   

Following publication of the recent decision of the Competitions sub-Committee into an outstanding issue from last season, I have now received the Minutes of the Hearing into that case and, having consulted others, have decided that - in the interests of transparency - these should exceptionally be placed into the public domain.  They are attached.

wytbu8  Feb 12 2015 - 1:04pm   

Cricket Scotland  announce the launch of CricketForce

The CricketForce Scheme is a club-based initiative aimed at rejuvenating Scotland’s cricketing facilities by encouraging cricket supporters, local communities, and their friends and families to volunteer to undertake renovations at their local cricket club in the lead up to the season. The scheme follows in the footsteps of a similar scheme run by the ECB that has been hugely successful in promoting the profile of club cricket.

We are hoping that as many cricket clubs sign up to the event and use it as a great opportunity to prepare their facilities and bring together their membership and communities for the start of the season.

We are targeting the last weekend of March – 27th, 28th, 29th – for the national `CricketForce` weekend where clubs participate and Cricket Scotland will be publicising and supporting the event nationwide. In fact, some clubs will be chosen for extra volunteering support with national team players coming to your club to muck in and help out for the day.

To find out all the information click on the link below
http://www.cricketscotland.com/participation-news/jewson-cricket-force/

wytbu8  Feb 12 2015 - 12:22am   

Just a quick reminder that the closing date for expressions of interest for the final round of funding through the Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is the 26 February, noon. Clubs need to call either Robertson Trust or SIS first to discuss their idea to determine if it fits the criteria. If it does they will be issued with an EOI form full details below. Please feel free to share with partners/clubs that might be interested.
Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sports for Communities is a 1m fund which supports the sustainability and capacity of aspiring and existing social enterprises delivering sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland.
Funding, through this final round of funding, is available to help clubs and organisations meet the costs of investigating and developing their ideas. This could include:
* community consultation and engagement
*needs analysis and feasibility study
*support with organisational development
*technical support in the form of architect/design fees/surveyors costs
*legal and financial support
The Programme Guidelines are also available on-line and an Expression of Interest form can be obtained by calling Tracy at SIS on 0131 603 8285 or Linda at The Robertson Trust on 0141 353 7300.
Expression of Interest must be submitted by 26 February 2015, noon.
Full information is also available at
http://www.socialinvestmentscotland.com/looking-for-investment/our-funds or www.therobertsontrust.org.uk

wytbu8  Feb 12 2015 - 12:08am   

As Secretary of the Association I have now received from the Secretary of the ACA Competitions Sub-Committee, intimation of the outcome of the hearing held on February 2nd 2015 into the allegation that Bon Accord in the above match breached Association Rule 13a by fielding a player on trial, the Secretary of the Association not having been previously notified.  This hearing was by a re-constituted Sub-Committee following the decision of the Management Committee on Appeal (12 September 2014) that the Guidelines under which Clubs at the 2013 AGM authorised the Management Committee to delegate its powers under Association Rules 6a [applicable in this case] and 6b could reasonably be interpreted as requiring an opportunity to be available for Bon Accord to present its case in person. Previous postings have detailed the legal advice taken by the Association to give effect to that decision, and the actions subsequently taken to achieve this.

wytbu8  Feb 9 2015 - 3:35pm   

Clubs are reminded that the ACA Annual Spring meeting shall take place on Sunday 22nd February 2015 (at the Shri Bheema’s Indian Restaurant, Parkway Inn, Balgownie Road,  Bridge of Don). The meeting will include, Grade Fees for 2015 season, Election of committee bearers, Papers updating the Guidelines for the Competitions sub-Committee, The Association taking on the tenancy of town pitches and hopefully fixtures will be available. It is hoped that papers will be available after this weekend

wytbu8  Feb 7 2015 - 12:01am   
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We sadly announce the death of one of the former Grades Player and Grades Umpire Joe Scott who passed away yesterday 1st February 2015. The funeral will take place at 2:55pm on Friday 13th February at the Crematorium West Chapel. Our sincere condolences to Joe's family and friends
wytbu8  Feb 2 2015 - 8:49pm   

In anticipation of the new (outdoor) cricket season, the Aberdeen Evening Cricket League will be holding their Annual AlHikmah Cup Indoor Cricket Tape-ball Tournament (7 a side) to be held at Shell Woodbank on Sunday 8th February from 10.30 am to 6pm.

All proceeds will be going to a local Aberdeen based Charity.

Thanks for the support you have already shown for our annual event which we have hosted since 2010 and raised over £20,000 with your help.

MrPurple  Feb 2 2015 - 8:31pm   
Your management committee are delighted to announce Mathew Hoggard (Oggie) as the guest speaker for the 2015 Grades Dinner and Trophy Presentations.
wytbu8  Feb 2 2015 - 6:28pm   

As we head to the end of January and the cold spell has already overstayed its welcome we turn our minds to sunnier warmer days, which means that the fixtures for the forth coming season have to be prepared and your help is needed whether you are the incoming secretary or outgoing secretary of your club, please could any club whose ground will be unavailable during the season advise David Jones by 31st January (that’s less than a week away !!) your prompt response would be very much appreciated. Many thanks in advance

wytbu8  Jan 26 2015 - 1:44am   

We have been notified that a decision has been taken by the SPCU that our Grades Select team, who once again won the Three Counties Cup will not be invited this year to defend it.

wytbu8  Jan 26 2015 - 1:21am   
 
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