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Hello all,
I wish to get the wheels in motion to plan out this close season's use of Sheddocksley Indoor Nets. The reason I am posting so early is so that I can book it well in advance.
As per last season we recommend the use of indoor balls due to the number of players and the lack of space in the hall. We did have a supply of spare balls but they went missing during the winter nets earlier on this year. There are a variety of balls on the likes of Amazon and eBay (to name two) at reasonable prices should you wish to purchase some for your club.
I wish to find out early how many clubs are wishing to attend the indoor nets so I can plan accordingly.

wytbu8  Oct 15 2018 - 5:48pm   

It is with sadness that we announce the passing away of Donny Lamont. Many will remember Donny playing for Anchorians cricket club where he was best known for his consistency in batting. Our sincere condolences to Donny’s family and friends.

wytbu8  Oct 12 2018 - 4:41pm   

Clubs are reminded that the Annual Grades Dinner is scheduled for the Holiday Inn (Westhill) on Friday 9th November 2018 at 6:45pm for 7:15pm with guest Speaker Ronnie Irani (England, Essex & Lancashire)
We now require YOU to advise Tariq Butt (07946 828376 - and Ian Stephen (07775 817753 - on the numbers that will be attending from your club including any vegetarian requirement. Please note that 2 Tickets have already been paid for by your club, additional tickets can be purchased at £40/head and for Juniors £20/head. Further details will be issued to Secretaries and posted on this web site in the next few days but it is important to note that the dinner will commence 15 minutes earlier this year with all being seated at 7:15pm This will allow for an earlier finish to the formal proceedings. Many thanks
TROPHY WINNERS: WILL BE NOTIFIED SHORTLY (Please Note Trophy Winners may be required to submit their score book for verification)
ALL OTHER ENQUIRES: Ian Stephen (Treasurer) on 07775 817753 or 01224 317594 or or

wytbu8  Oct 10 2018 - 4:49pm   

It is with sadness that we announce the passing away of Hayden Barrett. Hayden's funeral will be held on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 11:00am, St Mary’s on the Rock, Ellon. Our sincere condolences to Hayden’s family and friends.

The following is b
y Jack Nixon, on behalf of Ellon Gordon Cricket Club.

wytbu8  Oct 10 2018 - 4:36pm   

Thanks to a late flurry of late nominations for this season's ''Junior of the Year'' award, I now have a full house for the presentation which will be held at the Grades Annual Dinner at The Holiday Express Inn, Westhill on Friday 9th November 2018.

wytbu8  Oct 9 2018 - 9:27am   

The Caledonian Highlanders will be hosting trials for both youth and senior players for our up and coming winter programme. Any youth player between the age of 11 and 16 who wishes to be involved in the programme for 2018/2019 should attend one of the two trials below. Please contact to confirm your attendance to allow us to plan the session by Sunday 9th October 2018.
The senior trial is for those over the age of 16 who have not featured in our development or pro team in the last year. We recognise there are a lot more players to pick from than we did last year and we want to give everyone the opportunity to meet the staff and show us your skills with a chance of a place in our programme. Please note that this is not a one of chance with us looking to introduce a talent scout in the area for 2019. The session will include fitness, fielding, batting and bowling with a chance to discuss your future. Please contact to confirm your attendance to allow us to plan the session by Sunday 9th October 2018.

wytbu8  Oct 2 2018 - 9:23pm   

I confess to being a little disappointed, even surprised that as at the closing date for nominations for the Junior of the Year 2018, on October 1, I have only received three nominees.

wytbu8  Oct 1 2018 - 1:19pm   

The next meeting of the "Cricket Memories" group will be at Mannofield on Wednesday 3rd October at 2:00pm.
The group who were set up to help people living with dementia, welcomes anyone who has been diagnosed to come along, and share their memories of the game of cricket.
More information can be obtained by ringing Lesley Gray (Dementia Adviser) on 07769 366201.I am particularly happy to be involved with the promotion of this group, having met with the organisers on a number of occasions, and will be present at the October meeting at Mannofield to share my own memories of the game.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Sep 24 2018 - 9:36am   

Averages & Individual Awards 2018
As clubs will be aware, following the introduction of Cricket Stats, the information for individual awards will now be taken exclusively from that source; and will be based on the scorecards as input by home teams during the season [and hopefully reviewed at the time by away sides], together with any adjustments agreed and input by Friday 21st September 2018.  Clubs have already been contacted individually where detailed issues currently appear to require clarification. The Committee also reserves the previous right to ask for scorebooks where disputes exist or figures do not add up, though it hopes that, as a result of this process, this will not be necessary.  Awards will be confirmed and publicised following the meeting of the Management Committee in the first week of October.
League Teams for 2019
Clubs are reminded that those wishing to join the Association or to enter additional teams in 2019; to apply for re-election if they failed to complete two -thirds of games in 2018; or to withdraw a team from the leagues; should give notice by 1st November 2018.  Clubs who may be contemplating merger should likewise advise by that date, producing evidence that clubs have approved any arrangement.
Depending on entries received the Committee will review the position at its November meeting, and if necessary submit proposals to the AGM on 2nd December 2018.
DM Jones
Hon Secretary

wytbu8  Sep 13 2018 - 10:12pm   

Bon Accord made their all round experience count at the Peoples Park where they added the Turriff Cup to the Grade 1 title they won two weeks ago.
In the final Bon Accord hit 160 runs from their allocation of 15 overs before bowling Mannofield out for 95 in a one sided final in which Usman Khan won the man-of-the-match award for his unbeaten 53 for the Links side.
In the semi-finals, the winners were given a scare by Knight Riders who bowled them out for 97 but then collapsed to 86 all out. In the other last of the four game Mannofield posted 130 of which Indy Yahathugoda hit 53 and then bowled out Cults for 60.

wytbu8  Sep 10 2018 - 8:39pm   

Cricket is a game that invokes all kind of pleasant memories for those of us of advancing years, which is why I am happy to support the work of Alzheimer Scotland who are promoting a series of meetings at Mannofield throughout the winter as from this month. The first meeting took place on Wednesday 5th September 2018.
The sharing of memories and personal stories relating to cricket has proved to deliver many positive benefits to the quality of life of people living with dementia, their families and carers.
If your club has anyone that has been diagnosed with dementia you should get in touch with a dementia adviser on 01224 644077 and make enquires about what is on offer.

wytbu8  Sep 6 2018 - 2:57pm   

And so the cricket season of 2018 is all but over, with only the Turriff Cup on Saturday to be played before we call a halt on a remarkable season of weather and cricket.
But first it would only be fair to reflect on a splendid weekend of cricket in which the initiative of Aberdeenshire Cricket Club was well and truly rewarded at Mannofield on Sunday when a celebration of all that is good in the game took place, attracting a sizeable crowd to the area’s top ground.

wytbu8  Sep 3 2018 - 9:37pm   

The Final between AGSFPs and Inverurie of the Aberdeenshire Cup has now been scheduled to be played at 13:15 on Sunday 2nd September 2018 at The Lairds Ground in Methlick. Our thanks to the Methlick Cricket Club Management Committee for accommodating this event.

wytbu8  Aug 27 2018 - 4:22pm   

And so, one of the most competitive seasons in recent years has finally reached its exciting conclusions, apart from the small matter of the Aberdeenshire Cup Final which was unfortunately postponed on Sunday morning. We also have the first playing of the T10 Aberdeen Challenge Cup, scheduled to be played this coming Sunday. An event to look forward to, bringing together the clubs in the area for a celebration of a great season. I just hope the organisers of the two red letter days for cricket in the North-East will have the common sense, not to hold them on the same day. But that's just my opinion, I will of course adhere to whatever arrangement prevails, and cover both occasions for my various outlets.

wytbu8  Aug 26 2018 - 9:41pm   

Ending this splendid season of weather and achievement at all levels in the game with a celebratory day at the home of North-East cricket, is in my book, the perfect way to sign off, bringing together all the local partners, including Mannofield, Stoneywood-Dyce, Gordonians and not least the Grades.
The initiative, promoted by Dale De Neef, Aberdeenshire’s president to wind up a season of wonderful weather in which some quality cricket has been played will see the first playing of the T10 Challenge Cup on Sunday September 2.

wytbu8  Aug 22 2018 - 8:14pm   

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.

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

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   

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 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   
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