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In a weekend of quality cricket in the Grades, it is hard to know where to begin for fear of overlooking one of the games, competitions, or notable individual performances.
So, at the risk of offending, let me say my moment of the weekend was on Sunday at Mannofield when an enthusiastic gathering from Fraserburgh hailed their teams emphatic win in the final of the Bon Accord Cup. Liam Bowie, the Broch captain was in best traditions of North-East understatement, underwhelmed by the occasion, but said “This is a great club. I am proud to be their captain.” Indeed, sir, it was a marvellous day for us all to witness a travelling support at any cricket game. I look forward to the day when every team has such appreciative fans. The 42 run win at the expense of Gordonians was achieved on the back of team effort, self-belief and a will to win, sadly not evident in the Countesswells team.
But just in case you think I have forgotten the fact that there two finals at the North-East’s home of cricket, nothing could be further from the truth. How could I possibly forget the pulverising 102 runs scored by Banchory’s Sam Rotherham in their handsome win over Portcullis in the Reid Cup. The Yorkshireman’s first ever century was a thing of beauty, and power, and included seven mighty sixes, proving to be the difference between the two entertaining Grade 3 sides.
Goodwill, and sportsmanship abounding among all four finalists, and best summed up by your eloquent president Martin Auld at the presentations of both cups.
And finally, it did my heart good to see Leanne Broadley turnout for the Brochers as their 12th man. Look out guys women’s cricket is on the move.
Oh, and by the way, the small matter of the semi-final of the Aberdeenshire Cup was finally settled at Kellands Park where Inverurie overcame Stoneywood-Dyce by the tiny margin of four runs to progress to the final at Mannofield where they will meet AGSFPs on Sunday 26th August. And while I can’t be at two places at the same time, I promise to be at this epic encounter, even if it is only to see Scott White enjoy his favourite venue, and perhaps prove to be a match winner, or something or other where Aberdeenshire Cup finals are concerned.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Aug 19 2018 - 11:25pm   
wytbu8  Aug 19 2018 - 10:00pm   

While the so called lesser lights of Grades 2 and 3 are slugging it out at Mannofield in their day in limelight, there will be an equally big day at the Kellands Park, also on Sunday, when the outcome of Inverurie and Stoneywood-Dyce in the semi-final in the Aberdeenshire Cup will decide who meets AGSFPs in the final at Mannofield on Sunday 26th August. And while feelings might run high in this huge game, it's just too close to call, given the recent run of form being enjoyed by both teams.
Away from the cup action, Bon Accord will close in on the Grade 1 title should they get the better of Crescent at the Links, although the form book suggests this will be a close run thing, leaving the way open for Bon Accord’s last day clash with second placed Knight Riders who play relegated Grampian.
In Grade 2, Ellon Gordon will be pounced champions if they beat derby rivals Methlick. Fraserburgh can still go up to the top flight, but must beat 2nd Knight Riders if they are stay in touch with Gordonians who have no game. The closest game of the day could well be between Aberdeen Super Kings and Siyapa.
In Grade 3, Portcullis and Banchory meet at Duthie Park in what will be a rehearsal for their Reid Cup clash on Sunday.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Aug 16 2018 - 6:48pm   

Cricketers and supporters of Grades 2 and 3 will be making their collective ways to Mannofield on Sunday for the finals of the Reid and Bon Accord Cups on what is sure to be a great advert for the clubs in the so called lesser divisions of Grades cricket.
First up will be the T/20 final between Banchory and Portcullis who ironically will have met on Grade 3 business the previous day, giving supporters of the two sides, a fair idea of form in the Reid Cup, although league and cup performances can be radically different.
Players to watch in the Burnett Park side will be century maker Josh Crawley and middle order batsman, the reliable Carl Counsell, while Chad Abbott will be attempting to weave his bowling magic.
Portcullis are likely to be best served by Shovon Mostofa who will be looking to mesmerise the Banchory batsmen. Bob Adie who has hit form at just the right time will relish the flat, firm Mannofield track, as he will for this eagerly awaited final which gets under way 12 noon.
At 3:15pm, the Grade 2 boys take to the arena for the final of the Bon Accord Cup and will be represented by Gordonians and Fraserburgh who will put aside their respective bids to gain promotion to the top flight of the Grades game. This clash is also an abbreviated version. Gordonians have class in abundance, having enjoyed a good season in the Strathie, while in addition to pushing for a place in Grade 1, they have a junior section to die for including their Under 13 side who recently won the Scottish Cup in Edinburgh, making for a great future in prospect for the ambitious Countesswells outfit. They are likely to be best served by all rounders Indy Pandit and Chamila Perera, although there are others who are more than capable of shining on the big occasion. Their worthy opponents, Fraserburgh will bring not only a quality offering to the afternoon, but their well known sense of fair play, inspired by their ultra friendly captain Liam Bowie who could also be among the runs. Prolific scorers for the Broch Fraser Lawrance and Benjamin O'Neill are also tipped to be among the top scorers, but my day would be made if Leanne Broadley were to force her way into the side, giving the women's game a huge boost in the area. But most of all I hope it is a day to remember for players and spectators alike.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Aug 14 2018 - 3:18pm   

Bon Accord closed in on the Grade 1 title on a near unplayable wicket at the Links where visitors Inverurie did well to score 96 on a track that the Bon Accord vice-captain Andy Win described as ''difficult and dangerous.'' ''By the end of the afternoon there were a number of badly bruised players on both sides,'' said Win who coped better than most, calmly stroking his way to 42 as his side successfully hunted down the total set by Inverurie for the loss of six wickets, eventually getting out to the Kellands Park stand out Scott White who took four for 27, and scored 26 when he opened the innings. Knight Riders kept their title hopes alive at Groats Road where they effectively took the defending champions AGSFPs out of contention, bowling them out for 102 after setting them a target of 163. Vijay Amirtharaj starred for the home side, claiming five wickets for 20 as his side cruised to victory in 33.1 overs. The title race in the top flight could now go to the last Saturday of the league season, especially if the in form Crescent can put one over on Bon Accord this week. In the relegation battle at the Allan Park, Cults captain Geet Grover hit an unbeaten 98, enabling the home side to overhaul the 178 all out by Academy, while fellow strugglers Grampian were also well beaten by Crescent who hunted down the 179 set to them for the loss of only four wickets.
In Grade 2, Siyapa shocked promotion seeking Fraserburgh, bowling them out for only 115 after setting them a total of 252 all out. Tanweer Khan took five for 32 for the Duthie Park side. Gordonians took full advantage of the situation, climbing back into second place after beating Methlick by at Countesswells, chasing down the 192 for eight set by the visitors for whom Alan Robson hit a sparkling 110, for the loss of six wickets. Aberdeen Super Kings continued their winning run at Stonehaven where they were comfortable seven wicket winners, helping ease their relegation fears, knocking off the required 169 in only 30 overs, a first class knock of 46 from Mausam Thapa greatly helping their cause. Ashfaq Bashir was equally impressive, racking up 41.
In Grade 3, leaders Banchory beat Crathie by 85 runs, while Dunecht promotion hopes were dealt a blow by 2nd Grampian who won by 78 runs at the Cowdray Park.
The stage is now set for an exciting last two weeks of the season in all three Grades, plus the cut and thrust of three cup finals to come, not to mention a celebration of the game at Mannofield on Sunday 2nd September. I am happy and privileged to say I shall be present on all three Sundays
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Aug 12 2018 - 2:36pm   

Fraserburgh CC are looking for 3 more cricketers to participate in their annual 7s tournament. It’s a sociable, friendly affair with a BBQ, raffles and trophy for the winning team. We have 3 teams confirmed and 4 more players which we’re hoping will make up a 4th team with a little help. This will give each team at least 3 matches. If there is anyone keen for some cricket on Sunday we’ll take players confirming on a first come first served basis. Please contact Michael Watson from Fraserburgh CC on 07725208514 for more details

wytbu8  Aug 10 2018 - 10:49pm   

This is very much a participation event – there will be no winners. It is aimed at primary school aged girls by we have made it u14 so older new players (not hardball) can play as well. Hope this makes sense. Just get in touch is anything is unclear.
All players will receive this year’s Wildcats poster and will be able to meet the players that will be playing in the regional match straight after for autographs and a chat/selfie.Many thanks,
Nicola Wilson
Female Participation Manager
07891 408915
National Cricket Academy, Ravelston, Edinburgh EH4 3NT

wytbu8  Aug 9 2018 - 7:32pm   

Further to previous postings, a reference to the Competitions Sub-Committee and consideration by that Committee of associated protests, along with consideration by the Management Committee of an Appeal, and request for establishment of an investigation under Rule 6 c, have now been concluded.  All parties have been informed of the outcome.

The Management Committee is clear that neither it nor the Competitions Sub-Committee has power to amend decisions taken during a match under the Law of Cricket.  This includes Law 16, which deals with the determination of a Result, based on events during the game.   Law 16.10, and the commentary on it in “Cricket Umpiring and Scoring”, makes explicit,  that while the Association has the power to void or award a fixture, or to adjust the award of points for its own competitions, if a process of protest or investigation establishes a breach of Association Rules – such as fielding an ineligible player [Rules 11 to 14], or failing to play according to the Laws of Cricket [Rule 17 m] – a formal result as determined by the application of Law 16 [in this case Law 16.3] cannot be changed.

Having heard evidence from both clubs, the Competitions Sub-Committee determined that Ellon had failed to establish reasonable grounds for not playing out the fixture.  It accordingly dismissed Ellon’s protests and awarded the game to Siyapa under Association Rule 16; but also decided that in the particular circumstances of this case, Ellon should retain the 16 bonus points to which they would normally be entitled as a losing team under Association Rule 17 (b).

Siyapa’s appeal against the latter decision was dismissed.  The Management Committee concluded that there was no evidence of bias or procedural irregularity in the Sub-Committee’s process.  Its decision was neither illegal nor sufficiently perverse to be defined as unreasonable.  The Management Committee accordingly decided that there were no grounds to uphold the appeal.  The Committee also ruled that for legal reasons associated with data protection it could not admit video evidence obtained without explicit consent.

Siyapa’s separate request for an investigation under Rule 6 c was also refused due to perceived lack of evidence of any potential detriment to the Association, as required by that Rule as grounds for instituting such an investigation.  The Management Committee however reminds all clubs that expressions which attack the integrity of opponents, whether made during or after a game, are contrary to the Spirit of Cricket and hence potential grounds for disciplinary action.

The points for this game – Ellon 16, Siyapa 30 – with details of individual performances - will now be incorporated into Cricket Stats.  A reference to the Disciplinary Committee will also now be resumed.

David M Jones
Hon Secretary
03 August 2018.

wytbu8  Aug 9 2018 - 6:37pm   

With only three weekends of the season remaining, clubs involved in title chases, promotion and relegation, are gearing up for an exciting run in starting tomorrow. In Grade 1, Bon Accord look set to regain the league title they lost to AGSFPs last season, but will first have to see off the challenge of Inverurie who last week almost certainly ended the lingering hopes of a first Grade 1 title for Knight Riders. Tauqeer Malik was in no doubt about the threat posed by the Kellands Park side and said ''Had Inverurie not lost a couple of games in mid-season, they would have been challenging for the title. We'll need to be at our best''. In the meantime, Knight Riders and second placed AGSFPs will be battling it out at Groats Road, hoping that Inverurie can do them a favour. The relegation places in this division are all but settled, and if Cults beat Academy at the Allan Park, they will be ensured of top flight cricket next season, sending down the Bogbeth Park side and Grampian in the process.
In Grade 2, the promotion race was blown wide open last week by Aberdeen Super Kings who shocked Gordonians in a narrow seven run win, lifting themselves closer out of the relegation zone and are at the same time, giving the Fraserburgh side an opportunity to close in on leaders Ellon Gordon by going second. The Aberdeen Super Kings now have the chance to move further away from the dropping zone when they meet Stonehaven Thistle another of the league's strugglers at Mineralwell Park. Fraserburgh travel to Aberdeen where they meet Siyapa, and bottom side 2nd AGSFPs are at home to 2nd Knight Riders. Ellon Gordon are not in action.
In Grade 3, the battle to see who goes up with Banchory sees second placed Dunecht play 2nd Grampian, while third place Portcullis have a free Saturday.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Aug 9 2018 - 4:21pm   

Banchory took pride of place in another weekend of first class cricket in the Grades, for despite the non-fulfilment of fixtures in Grade 3, the Burnett Park soldiered on putting the difficult recent years behind them to land the league title. Appropriately, Banchory sealed the victory with a win at the expense of Dunecht, their nearest rivals, turning some quality performances in the process, including two fine bowling performances from Dean and Chad Abbott who turned in the figures of four for 27 and three for 29 as they bowled out the visitors for 110. The home reply was led by Carl Counsell who stroked his way to splendid 59, enabling his side to land the spoils. In the same division, the clash between Portcullis and 2nd Methlick turned out to be one to remember for Bob Adie who top scored with 25 for the home side, hitting his career best for the club. Quite a feat for the popular 69 year old, and greatly appreciated by all his team mates. For the winners, the indefatigable Aussie Deni Sarafimoski kept his scoring run up, easing to a stubborn 18, as befitting a batsman who had played at a higher level for the Methlick first team two weeks ago.
In the meantime, the so called super stars of Grade 1 were slugging it out, or not in the case of league leaders Bon Accord who were conceded 30 points by relegation haunted Academy, while probably sealing their own fate, and helping Bon Accord to move within touching distance of the title. The surprise defeat of Knight Riders at Kellands Park, effectively reducing the chase to a two horse race between the Links side and the defending champions AGSFPs. Inverurie made 184 for seven before bowling out the Groats Road side out for 144. AGSFPs were made to work for their win at Rubislaw where they were set a challenging 167 for seven, but scraped home with two wickets in hand thanks to a sound knock of 43 from the reliable Eddie Steinson. For the visitors veteran Michael Louw also scored a responsible 43. Crescent also made their presence felt in the defeat of Cults who despite the reverse, look to be safe from relegation, given the plight of Academy and Grampian. An impressive 226 for eight wickets of which Umair Mughal scored 87 and with captain Nathan Thangaraj adding 51, it proved too much for the Allan Park side who were bowled out for 137. Mannofield's 75 run win against Grampian ensures they will enjoy top flight cricket next season.
In Grade 2, leaders Ellon Gordon continue to set the pace after captain Ben Webb spear headed his side's batting with a fine unbeaten 85 as they cruised past the 158 set by Stonehaven Thistle for the loss of only one wicket. Fraserburgh were equally impressive in easing to a nine wicket of their own at home to 2nd AGSFPs, moving into second place in the process.
All in all a great weekend for local cricket, not least for the venerable Mr Adie of Portcullis.
On Sunday Portcullis reached the final of the Reid Cup when they beat 2nd Grampian by 10 wickets at Sheddocksley. Grampian batted first, and were dismissed for 52 in 16.1 overs. Portcullis knocked off the runs in 14 overs without losing a wicket. Dave Mitchell was the Portcullis stand out, taking two wickets for six runs, and scoring 35 not out when his side batted.
Portcullis will meet Banchory in the final at Mannofield on Sunday August 19.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Aug 5 2018 - 10:25pm   
wytbu8  Aug 1 2018 - 7:45am   

The rain which so abruptly, and unkindly swept in at the weekend, wiping out the entire cricket programme, was a shock to the system, especially after 11 weeks of near perfect weather, and the best in living memory for most. The break did, however, give me the opportunity to reflect on the state of the game in the area, for despite some hiccups, and there have been one or two, I believe we are enjoying a good competitive season once the thorny issue of non-fulfilment of fixtures in Grade 3 is resolved, the way will be clear to look to the future. My impression is that the will is there, and once clubs have had time to weigh up the situation over the autumn and winter, we shall have a clearer view of who is able to continue in this most competitive and friendly of structures. The matter of indiscipline, is a different matter, although again it's my view that given strong, purposeful leadership in each and every club, the problem can be eradicated. From where I sit in the cheap seats, allocated to the local press, I see good, decent and even forward thinking captains, well capable of delivering a quality game in the best interests of the game, but only if they can be convinced of the fact that it is their responsibility. Leaving it to the ACA Grades management committee is not an option. So, all in all, I am generally happy with the progress this most admirable of 134 year old organisations has made. But just in case you are thinking, I am all talk and no action, I would politely remind you that I have my own mission within the system, which is to promote the development of juniors in the game. Bearing that in mind, can I remind you that your entries for my junior of the year award are due to be with me by September 28th in order that I can process the final eight competitors who will be my guests at the ACA Annual Grades Dinner on Friday 9th November when the overall winner will be announced. All that clubs have to do is let me have their nomination, age of the candidate, and a short profile of their achievements over the season. Entries to be with me at Jacksport@btinternet.com by Friday September 28th.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 30 2018 - 11:28am   

Teams in Grade 3 face a hectic weekend with three of them in action on both Saturday and Sunday in league and cup. Banchory, the league leaders have a game at home to 2nd Grampian before taking on 3rd AGSFPs in the Reid Cup, while the Rubislaw side host Portcullis in the league. The cheerful, committed men of Portcullis are also in the semis of the Reid Cup, taking on 2nd Grampian, making for a busy weekend for both sides.
The other league games scheduled to go ahead are 2nd Stonehaven Thistle v Turriff, Crathie v 2nd Methlick. And whilst there has been some gloom surrounding the game in Grade 3, its detractors would do well to note that despite a number of conceded league fixtures, most clubs in this division have been more than keen to meet their obligations.
I just wish on a purely personal level that I could visit more of the games in the so called lower divisions, even if it is just to sample the excellent teas on offer, but more seriously would want to promote my commitment to junior cricket. It was after all Banchory who produced my first ever ''Junior of the Year'' award winner.
Since picking up the award for last season, Chad Abbott has played his part in taking the Burnett Park side to the top of Grade 3. Details of entries for this award will posted in the next week or so.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 27 2018 - 4:57pm   

At a meeting last night (Tuesday 24th July 2018) the Management Committee of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association discussed the factors which had led to its decision to re-arrange under Association Rule 16 the semi-final of the Aberdeenshire Cup between Inverurie and Stoneywood-Dyce, originally scheduled for Sunday July 22nd, with a reserve date of Sunday August 5th.
This is not a decision the Committee, by circulation, took lightly, and was made in full knowledge of the opposing views of the two clubs. The background to the impasse, as more fully outlined in an e-mail sent to both clubs, however made clear that Stoneywood-Dyce were committed to two fixtures, the player eligibility rules of which meant that only one could be fulfilled.
The easy decision would have been for the Committee to stand firm, or to decline to intervene, leading to a 50% chance that the semi-final of its premier competition would be scratched. Given however that its rules allow a pre-identified reserve date for each round of cup games, which precedent [including earlier this season] have employed to avoid clashes with other competitions at a national or regional level, the Committee unanimously took the view that postponing the fixture, despite the short notice and accepted inconvenience, was the way in which it could best defend the status and integrity of its Competition, as well as maximising the opportunities for teams from north-east cricket to secure national coverage through their success in other competitions .
Accordingly, it is now asking Inverurie to specify on which of the next 3 Sundays (July 29th, the original reserve date of August 5th, or August 12th) it would be willing, albeit reluctant, to fulfil this fixture, on the basis that the rules for player eligibility [having played 3 previous games at grade 1 level or below] governing Stoneywood-Dyce would be determined in relation to the original date of July 22nd. It has also forwarded to the two clubs a fuller explanation of the background, which resulted in this most unfortunate clash.
On behalf of the ACA Committee
Martin Auld, President

wytbu8  Jul 25 2018 - 6:55pm   

AGSFPs kept themselves in with a chance of winning a league and cup double after two good wins in Grade 1 and the Aberdeenshire Cup, but will need to go through the gears if they are to overhaul Bon Accord and Knight Riders in what is without exception, the most exciting title race in years.
But for me a trip to the most northerly outpost in Grades cricket made for a great Sunday out, although I did neglect to take my bucket and spade to sunny, hot Fraserburgh. The occasion was the semi-final of the Bon Accord Cup, the visitors were those most cheerful of sides, 2nd Knight Riders who as a club are making themselves many friends with their flair and generally good attitudes they bring to the sport. The home side who are in my book, one of the friendliest in the Grades, while also highly competitive at the same time. They also serve up a real mean tea. The game turned out to be highly entertaining, confirming for me that the old saying catches win matches is so true, and if the home side can carry the form of Sunday into the final, they will be nailed on certs to lift the cup on Sunday19th August
Two of the catches in particular held by the Broch side were fit to grace any occasion, and in the end of the day turned the game the way of the homesters. But the man of the afternoon was without doubt Chris Gospel whose sparkling 53 in the home total of 156 for five was a thing of beauty, before going on to claim five wickets for mere 12 runs, restricting the Groats Road side to 104 for nine. Mr Gospel embodied all that is good in cricket, playing with a smile on his face throughout the match, making for a good day out for me. And finally, a word of thanks to the young, friendly and polite volunteer who looked after my every need at the tea interval in the neat, tidy clubhouse where many a friendship has no doubt forged over the years. It was a pleasure to meet you. I am just sorry not to have picked up your name, but you'll go far in the catering industry if you have the mind to embark on such a career. 
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 23 2018 - 11:58am   

Knight Riders made the best of Grade 1 leaders Bon Accord not being in action, sending out a clear message that they are serious contenders for the title after easily taking out the challenge of Crescent at Groats Road. Nathan Thangaraj, the Crescent captain conceded his side's 123 had not been a challenging total, but said "Knight Riders bowled well, but we never really turned up. We'll need to come back strongly next week.'' The home side cruised home with six wickets in hand, led by a solid unbeaten 44 from Vikas Punia, while earlier in the afternoon Bijin Vijayaraj laid waste to the Crescent batting taking four for 31. AGSFPs kept up their challenge against Academy, easing to victory after bowling the home side out for 168 by four wickets. But the shock of the day was at the Allan Park where Cults almost certainly ended the title challenge of Inverurie, racing past the 183 scored by the visitors with four wickets in hand. The home hero was Geet Grover who racked up an impressive unbeaten 109 to steer his side home. In a tense affair at the Peoples Park, Stoneywood-Dyce scraped home by 14 runs, their 147 proving to be too much for Grampian who were bowled out for 133.
In the clash of the day in Grade 2, Gordonians were comfortable seven wicket winners at home to Fraserburgh after restricting the Brochers to 115 for eight wickets. In a close run thing Methlick just held off the challenge of 2nd Knight Riders easing through by one run.
In Grade 3, Dunecht's title challenge was stunted by 2nd Methlick who were nine wicket winners at the Cowdray Estate where Sean Choudry scored a splendid 81 not out.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 22 2018 - 12:02pm   

It's difficult to be in two places at once, something I tried to do last Saturday, frustrating myself no end by trying to take in the top match of the day in the Strathmore & Perthshire Cricket Union (SPCU) at Mannofield, while taking in the best of the action from the Links.
But while I am a regular visitor to the North-East's top ground, I can count on one hand the number of times, I have been at one of original venues of club cricket. In the end both visits, had their own appeal, not least being the opportunity to catch up with Falkland, the current leaders of the highly competitive SPCU. Having seen the start of the Mannofield game, I was then happy to make my way to the Links for the Grade 1 clash between Crescent and Mannofield, little knowing that in Crescent captain Nathan Thangaraj I was going to meet up with one of the truly nice guys of the Grades game. Nathan, made me more than welcome, introducing me to each and every member of his team, not that their opponents were any less accommodating, they just happened to be fielding for most of the time I was there, but over tea, I did catch up with some well kent faces from Mannofield. Among those I chatted to was that most prolific of run scorers Indika Yahathugoda who while having an off day with the bat still managed to grab the headlines, taking three for 24, but not enough to win the game for his side. The spoils went instead to the home side, thanks to superb knocks of 67 and 62 from Umair Qureshi and Sohaib Tahseen. Well done guys, a pleasure to watch. The consolation for the losers was the quality of their fielding, in particular their catching was out of this world, although on this occasion catches didn't win matches. All in all, a great afternoon, and while I am not prepared to take sides, I would not begrudge Crescent the Grade 1 title at the end of the season and will certainly watch them in action again. In fact, I might just pop along to Groats Road next Saturday to see them play Knight Riders, another of the title hopefuls. It will also be an opportunity to meet up with another of my favourite captains, Somu Kumarasamy who I know is quietly confident of landing the Grade 1 title. It promises to be a great contest, especially as both sides are so sensibly led, promising that it will be cricket that matters, and no distractions, apart from an excellent tea.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 15 2018 - 11:08pm   

There were expected victories for four of the top five teams in Grade 1, but a major shock for Inverurie the fifth of the title hopefuls who were soundly beaten by 134 runs by Stoneywood-Dyce at the Peoples Park. The home side clocked up an impressive 282 for the loss of six wickets before bowling out the Inverurie visitors for 148. League leaders Bon Accord racked up 330 for five at Allan Park which proved to be 205 runs too many for Cults who were bowled out for 125. Defending champions AGSFPs were easy five wicket winners away to Grampian easing past the home total to keep themselves hot on the trail of Bon Accord. There was also heavy scoring at Groats Road where second placed Knight Riders amassed 286 for six and then bowled Academy out for 166. At the Links Nathan Thangaraj captained Crescent to an impressive 149 run win at the expense of Mannofield in a highly competitive, but good humoured game on a fast, but tricky track on which batting was always an adventure. The home side batted first, clocking up a solid total of 288 all out before somewhat surprisingly bowling out Mannofield for 139. Thangaraj said ''This good win keeps us in touch in the title race. The guys are thoroughly enjoying our season. It's good to be in contention for the league.''
In Grade 2, leaders Ellon Gordon continued their winning ways, proving to be 173 runs too good for Aberdeen Super Kings, scoring 287 for seven and then going on to bowl the home side out for 104. But there was a shock for Gordonians who were beaten in a high quality game by Siyapa who ran out three wicket winners in 445 runs were scored.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 15 2018 - 10:27pm   

Grades Handbook v2.0 update now available, including umpire contact details, Cup matches updated on back pages etc. Can be downloaded from the Contents/Links or by clicking here

wytbu8  Jul 10 2018 - 10:18pm   

Having had regard to the number of fixtures scratched in Grade 3 this season, the Management Committee, in terms of its powers under Rule 26, has unanimously determined that a temporary dispensation from Note 2 to Rule 16 be permitted such that where two Grade 3 teams submit a joint application to re-schedule a league game, which might otherwise have been conceded, they can be exempted from the requirement that such a fixture can only count for points purposes if scheduled for the first available date, as defined under that Rule.
Applications for such re-scheduling for points purposes must however still be submitted for Management Committee approval within the timeframe currently required, and specify a definitive proposed date, which if approved will have the same status as a normally-scheduled fixture.  The Committee has further determined that, where such extra-statutory extension is granted, appearance in any such re-scheduled game will not be counted as a qualifying appearance for playing in the semi-final or final of the Reid Cup.
This relaxation applies for the current season and to Grade 3 only.
A programme of possible friendlies to replace the remaining league games involving clubs who have currently scratched a significant number of their games has also been drawn up, and will be circulated to Grade 3 clubs separately.
DM Jones
Hon Secretary

wytbu8  Jul 10 2018 - 4:13pm   

Aman Arora was the stand out player for the SPCU Select at the weekend when they beat their Aberdeenshire Grades counterparts in Forfar. The Gordonians captain stroked a classy unbeaten 52 as the SPCU Select eased to a convincing seven wickets win after restricting the Grades Select to 153 for the loss of seven wickets. Scott White (Inverurie) top scored with 29 for the Grades Select, but it was captain Tauqeer Malik (Bon Accord) who took his side to respectability with a late, belligerent, unbeaten knock of 23, although it was never enough, given the form of Arora who made batting look easy as the SPCU side cruised to victory.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 9 2018 - 9:20am   

Bon Accord soared back to top of Grade 1, sending out a clear message to the other contenders in the title race that they will be the team to beat in this season's campaign. ''This was a very convincing win against a top class side who are after all, the current champions. We will be hard to displace now we are back at the top,'' said Tauqeer Malik, the Bon Accord captain. There was certainly evidence to suggest that Bon Accord are back at their best after their emphatic seven wicket at the expense of AGSFPs, the team they replaced at the head of affairs in one of the most fiercely fought title races in years. The AGSFPs total of 226 would on another day been a challenging one, but such was the ferocity of the Bon Accord reply that the target was reached in the 38th over. Not for the first time this season, Rob Swiergon, the AGSFPs captain, top scored with a responsible 67 against Bon Accord, only to come out second best once again, mainly due to a fine piece of bowling Varinder Sood who claimed five for 39. The visitor’s response was spearheaded by Akhlaq Bashir and Andy Win with respective knocks of 61 and 59 as they eased to what could be a season defining win. But while Bon Accord and AGSFPs were grabbing the headlines, Knight Riders were making their presence felt at Harlaw Road where they enjoyed a handsome nine wicket win at the expense of Mannofield. The Groats Road side set a respectable 262 to win, made light of the target, racing to victory on the back of an innings of 120 from Sivaganesan Palaniappan and an equally impressive unbeaten 91 from Madhan Mohan, taking the team to second place in the league. Inverurie and Crescent kept themselves in contention with 73 and 103 run wins against Academy and Stoneywood-Dyce, while in the relegation battle, Cults bowled Grampian out for 94 before rattling off the required runs for the loss of two wickets.
In Grade 2, Ellon Gordon amassed 340 for the loss of six wickets, and then bowled out 2nd AGSFPs for 100. In Fraserburgh, the home side racked up 269 for three, 120 of which was scored by Paul O'Neill. The Methlick response was 193 all out. Gordonians had the easiest of wins after bowling Stonehaven Thistle all out they raced to victory by 10 wickets. 2nd Knight Riders were narrowly beaten by Siyapa, falling 31 runs short of the visitors total of 220.
In the only game played in Grade 3, Portcullis notched up 156 for seven, 79 of which was scored by David Mitchell before going on to dismiss Crathie for 80, Mitchell again doing the damage, taking four 23, while Ross McKenzie returned three for three. 
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 8 2018 - 6:07pm   

Sunday 8th July sees the Grades Select travel to Forfar for a match against the SPCU Select with a 1:00pm start. The players for Grades Select are Alex Keith, Eddie Steinson, Rob Swiergon, Karan Anand and Harry Mapplebeck (AGSFPs), Tauqeer Malik (Capt) and Akhlaq Bashir (Bon Accord), Ben Webb and Craig White (Ellon Gordon), Fraser Lawrence (Fraserburgh), Scott White (Inverurie) and for SPCU Select - Stuart Lister, Jack Mitchell, David Kidd and Jamie King (Stoneywood-Dyce), Aman Arora, Swapnil Rane (Capt) and Himanshu Saraswat (Gordonians), Matthew Simpson (Strathmore), Zahid Rasheed (Dundee High), Alan Neave (Meigle), Majid Rasheed (Dundee High).

wytbu8  Jul 6 2018 - 11:23pm   

Cricket Scotland are delighted to announce the first outdoor T10 Tapeball tournament. Led by community discussions the T10 Asia Blaze Cup will take place at Stirling County Cricket Club on Sunday 22nd July 2018 from 10:00am.

wytbu8  Jul 6 2018 - 2:02pm   

The Thistle Sports P&J and Duncan Cup 7s have now been scheduled for Wed 11th July at Harlaw and Rubislaw. Please find Fixtures under Contents/Fixtures/Thistle Sports 7s or click on the following link http://www.acagrades.org.uk/aca_grades/fixtures/6

wytbu8  Jul 4 2018 - 12:53pm   

Ian Stephen (ACA Treasurer) would like to thank all clubs that have paid their Annual subscriptions and reminds others that they require to be paid in full by 1st July 2018. He would also request that the invoices that have been sent to clubs for pitch hires are paid timorously as invoices are now being received from Aberdeen City council, Sport Aberdeen and Aberdeen University.
Your cooperation of prompt payment would be very much appreciated.

wytbu8  Jul 4 2018 - 11:55am   

There were no major shocks in the race for the Grade 1 title after the leading four sides all eased to wins, although Inverurie might have expected a tougher test away to Crescent who were all out for 94. George Hadden was the man of the day for the visitors, taking six for 17 and then going on to top score with 21 as Inverurie crept to a four wicket win. Leaders and defending champions AGSFPs were convincing nine wicket winners away to Mannofield after bowling the home side out for 177. Alex Keith then decimated the Mannofield attack with a thunderous unbeaten 112. Bon Accord were almost as convincing in their seven wicket demolition of Stoneywood-Dyce at the Peoples Park, bowling them out 143 and then racing to victory with seven wickets in hand. Akhlaq Bashir top scored for Bon Accord with a brutal, but polished 68 not out. Knight Riders bowled Cults out for 118 at Groats Road, thanks to some inspired bowling from Sivaganesan Palaniappan (four for13) and captain Somu Kumarasamy (three for 23), but then lost five wickets in hunting down victory.
In Grade 2, leaders Ellon Gordon maintained their 100% record, beating 2nd Knight Riders by 155 runs. Captain Ben Webb top scored with 109 in the home total of 241 all out. The visitors then crashed to 86 all out. In the same division Fraserburgh kept up their promotion drive with a seven wicket win away to Aberdeen Super Kings, bowling them out for 211. Liam Bowie led the chase, scoring a fine 95 not out.
In the only game to go ahead in Grade 3, Dunecht beat Crathie by 82 runs after bowling their Aberdeenshire rivals out for 115 when chasing 197.
By Jack Nixon
Sunday saw the quarter-finals of the Bon Accord Cup with Ellon Gordon (184-7) sending Gordonians (188-3) through to the semi-finals despite half centuries from Ben Webb and Stuart Davies as Gordonians eased to victory with a half century from Chamila Perera ably supported by Scott Rowell. The Siyapa total (170-4) aided with a fine 82 by captain Mohammad Shahid was too much for the Methlick (141-6) side to chase down leaving Siyapa to entertain Gordonians in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, the 2nd AGSFPs (117-8) battle against 2nd Knight Riders (121-2) was a comfortable affair for 2nd Knight Riders as an unbeaten 75 by Sivaganesan Palaniappan helped his side to victory.
Fraserburgh had the easiest ride of all to the semi-finals as Stonehaven were unable to raise a team, which now leaves Fraserburgh taking on 2nd Knight Riders at home. All the Bon Accord Cup Semi-finals are scheduled to be played on Sunday 22nd July 2018. 

wytbu8  Jul 2 2018 - 12:33am   

 

The disciplinary findings so far and future ones are now published on the left-hand side of this ACA Web Site under [Contents] [Disciplinary] or by clicking here

wytbu8  Jun 24 2018 - 10:55pm   

As we reach the half-way mark of the season. The top of the table clash in Grade 1 was convincingly won by Bon Accord, this despite Knight Riders posting an impressive 205 for the loss of eight wickets, which proved not to be enough as the Bon Accord third wicket pair of Andy Win and Reman Haider put on 160 to crush the hopes of the Groats Road side. ''This was a great game of cricket, but the difference was in Andy's unbeaten 84, and Reman's 66 not out. If we beat Crescent tomorrow, we'll be hard to catch,'' said Tauqeer Malik, the Bon Accord captain. In the event Malik's faith in his side was unjustified, as his understrength side were bowled out by Crescent on Sunday, scuttled by Taimur Suri who claimed six wickets at the Links, as Bon Accord slid to 106 all out in just 24 overs of the scheduled 45. The visitors dragged themselves back into the title race, easing past the home total with five wickets in hand ably led by an unbeaten 65 from skipper Nathan Thangaraj compensating Crescent for their heavy defeat at Rubislaw the previous day where AGSFPs, the defending champions destroyed Crescent, racking up 307 for five with Karan Anand (103 not out) and Eddie Steinson (76) leading the way before the Rubislaw side bowled Crescent out for 127. Inverurie kept up their title charge after a poor start to the season, dismissing Grampian for 78 with Paul Cook grabbing the headlines, taking four for 15. A total the Kellands Park side passed for the loss of only three wickets.
Stoneywood-Dyce made it two league wins in a row, bowling Academy out for 77 when chasing 180. Left handed seam bowler Jon Grant, claiming six for 17. In a high scoring game at Allan Park, Cults ran up a solid 279 for five of which Geet Grover hit an unbeaten 152, only to be overhauled by the Mannofield side whose match winners were Callum Martin (111) and Rahul Chandu (108 not out).
In Grade 2, Ellon Gordon made all the running away to Gordonians, putting them out for 155 and then going on to rattle off the required runs with seven wickets in hand. In the same division Fraserburgh's Fraser Lawrance hit a fine 106 in his side's 125 win against Stonehaven, while Alan Rennie was in among the wickets for the Brochers, taking six for 20, pushing his side in contention for promotion, just behind Gordonians
Banchory's 100% record is still intact in Grade 3 after a close run affair. Batting first the Burnett Park side scored 166 but were pushed all the way by 2nd Methlick who ended up on 148 for eight at the Lairds ground.
By Jack Nixon
Sunday also saw the quarter-final of the Reid Cup with Portcullis easily chasing down a low scoring 63 by 2nd Methlick, the only other match scheduled was scratched with Turriff unable to raise a team against 3rd AGSFPs. Portcullis and 3rd AGSFPs will now meet the winners of 2nd Stonehaven v 2nd Grampian and Crathie v Banchory respectively which has been re scheduled due to ground unavailability for the Reserve dates of Sunday 15th July and with the semi-finals scheduled for the Sunday 29th July.

wytbu8  Jun 24 2018 - 9:00pm   

The weather was perfect, the organisation was spot on, and the participants were wildly enthusiastic, making for a great day of cricket at the Gordon Park on Monday 18th June 2018. Thanks to the meticulous planning of Ellon Gordon’s junior convener Ian Duncan, ably supported by Cricket Scotland’s participation manager Neil Cameron, and six dedicated volunteers, over 50 primary school children from the Ellon area were able to enjoy a morning of cricket. For most of the youngsters it was the first time the pupils from four primary schools in the Ellon catchment area had played Quick Cricket, and I suspect not for the last time, if the reaction afterwards was any indication of the pleasure they had over the session. Ian Duncan was certainly pleased with the morning’s activity and said “It looks like our attempts to promote the game is paying off, and hopefully we will have young cricketers coming forward to play for Ellon Gordon Cricket Club in the years to come", a view shared by Neil Cameron who added ”Ian has been going round all the local primary schools, making pupils and staff aware of the joys of cricket, and on Saturday mornings has been running coaching classes for around 15 very keen youngsters. His efforts deserve to pay off." But while Ellon was the centre of attention on Monday, there are other initiatives that are taking the willow on leather sport to the community, not least Mannofield and Stoneywood-Dyce where regular sessions are being held with energetic, enthusiastic youngsters who one day will replace those who currently play the game in the Grades. Ian Duncan certainly believes so and said “There is talent aplenty out there, we just have to ensure we tap into the boys and girls who want to play this great game.”
I would be delighted to hear from any club of such schemes, for not only publication on this worthy website, but to a wider audience in a bid to sell the game to the great unwashed public in Aberdeen and area.
By Jack Nixon jacksport@btinternet.com

wytbu8  Jun 20 2018 - 4:29pm   
 
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