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After a great weekend of cricket in which there were runs aplenty, first class catches, and bowling performances of the highest order, it seems an appropriate time to announce plans for my proposed "Junior Player of the Year".

wytbu8  Aug 7 2017 - 10:20pm   

Title and relegation issues in Grade 1 will come nearer to being resolved on Saturday when the top two Bon Accord and AGSFPs face tricky away games, while the basement clubs, Crescent, Ellon Gordon, Kemnay-Kintore and Mannofield all face stressful ties.
Bon Accord captain Tauqeer Malik was in doubt about the enormity of the task facing his side, and said "This has been the most competitive season in years, but we are in pole position going into the home straight. It's now up to us to get over the line, and with out depth in both batting and bowling, the task is well within our ability. Inverurie will pose a real challenge, especially on its own track".
AGSFPs face an equally testing time at Sheddocksley where Academy who were in the title frame until losing out to Knight Riders and Kemnay-Kintore in recent weeks. "This is a big game for us, but we are in pretty good shape, and have confidence in ourselves. I'll back us to come through" said Rob Swiergon, the AGSFPs captain who gave his own game a huge boost with a sterling knock of 41 for the Aberdeenshire Grades Select, at Inverness last weekend against their northern counterparts.
Fourth placed Knight Riders will be keen to keep its shape in its game at the Links where they meet Crescent, and although out of the title race, still harbour hopes of landing the Turriff Cup and the plum award of the season, the Aberdeenshire Cup in which they meet Bon Accord on August 27th at Mannofield. "Our season is still very much alive. A win away  to Crescent would be good for morale," said Somasundaram Kumarasamy, the Knight Riders captain
Crescent one of the league's strugglers, but the least threatened of the basement teams will be equally up to save themselves with a face saving win.
Mannofield can save its own skin at the expense of Ellon Gordon, and this will confine the visitors to the drop, while second bottom Kemnay-Kintore can only hope that results go their way, and at the same time beat Cults who are among the few sides in the division who have nothing to play for but pride, of which the Allan Park side has plenty of. "We need to get some form for our semi-final tie in the semi-final of the Bon Accord Cup," said Aqeel Ajazi, the Cults captain.
In Grade 2, the ups and downs of the season will be resolved and with Grampian assured of promotion to the top flight it remains to be seen if either Stoneywood-Dyce or Siyapa will go up, while at the bottom of the division, Fraserburgh will be relegated with already doomed Banchory, should they lose to second placed Stoneywood-Dyce.
On the other hand, if the Broch boys can triumph at Duthie Park, ACE Gordonians will go down if they lose out at Countesswells where they meet Grampian.

wytbu8  Aug 17 2017 - 9:15am   

An Aberdeenshire Grades select beat its opposite numbers form the North of Scotland in Inverness by 98 runs.
The visitors batted first and scored 226 all out of which the in form Ben Webb of Ellon Gordon scored a superb 66. Rob Swiergon (AGSFPs) hit 41 an equally good 41, enabling the Aberdeen side to post a winning total which the home side were never in with a shout of overhauling. Controlled bowling from Grades select captain Tauqeer Malik who took four wickets for 24 kept the home side on a tight rein. The Bon Accord captain worked well in harness with Frooq Shah (Academy) who returned the figures of three for 16 as NoSCA crumbled to 128 all out.
Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Aug 15 2017 - 11:00am   

The race for the Grade 1 title is set to go down to the wire after the top two Bon Accord and AGSFPs eased to narrow wins with only two weeks of the season remaining.

wytbu8  Aug 13 2017 - 11:51am   

Aberdeenshire Cricket Association has picked a strong Grades Select side to meet its North of Scotland contemporise at Inverness on Sunday.

wytbu8  Aug 10 2017 - 10:00am   

The race for the Grade 1 title intensified as both leaders Bon Accord and second placed AGSFPs enjoyed wins, but there were defeats for the two other challengers Knight Riders and Academy, effectively making it a two horse race with three weekends to go.

wytbu8  Aug 6 2017 - 11:35pm   

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wytbu8  Aug 2 2017 - 10:55am   

Now that the finalists in all the major cups are know, it is a clear sign that the end of the season is fast approaching.

wytbu8  Jul 31 2017 - 9:58am   

AGSFPs threw the Grade 1 title race wide open, handing leaders Bon Accord a rare defeat, leaving Bon Accord with the narrowest of margins at the top of the division with four games remaining to be played.

wytbu8  Jul 30 2017 - 7:44pm   

Knight Riders gave themselves an outside chance of winning the Grade 1 championship after badly denting the title hopes of third placed Academy in a thrilling encounter at Sheddocksley where the Groats Road side eased through by the narrow margin of 19 runs to sit nicely placed in fourth position with five games left to play.

wytbu8  Jul 24 2017 - 3:45am   

ACA Grades suffered its second wash out of the season, including the semi-final stages of the Bon Accord Cup, the Reid Cup and the Johnson Rose Bowl.
These games will now be played next Sunday the 23rd July, giving the clubs involved a hectic weekend of games.
The Grade 1 fixtures who suffered a watery grave will now be declared void apart from the game between Bon Accord and Academy which will be played on the 6th August 2017.
Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 16 2017 - 3:37pm   

Mannofield youngster Lewis Munro has been described as an up and coming bowler on the books of the North-East's premier club, and yet there was the talented 15 year old making his mark as a batsman for the Caledonian Highlanders Under 15's on Thursday scoring 112 accumulated from 71 balls. The quick fire century made him a hot tip in a strong field competing for our junior of the year award. And with the list growing, it looks like being a fascinating run for this new competition, but keep the names coming, in fact the more the better.
Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 14 2017 - 7:28am   

Gordonians Cricket Club cordially invite clubs to their Junior Kwik Cricket Festival for Boys and Girls to be held on Sunday the 23rd of July at Countesswells Playing Fields, Aberdeen.
The Festival will start at 13:30.
Any club unable to make up a team of 8 will have additional players allocated. All youngsters attending will be participating and parents will also be very welcomed!
To help Gordonians Cricket Club prepare please could you indicate whether you are likely to attend by Friday the 21st of July.
If you are aware of any youngster not associated with a club and would be interested in participating please pass this information on.
Please contact Stuart Dalgarno on 07540 750371 or sdalgarno91@gmail.com or sdalgarno91@googlemail.com

wytbu8  Jul 13 2017 - 4:00am   

Please note 2nd XI Ellon Gordon have now officially withdrawn their Team and therefore all of Ellon Gordon 2nd XI matches will be void. The Grade 4 Table now reflects this.

wytbu8  Jul 12 2017 - 10:10am   

Hard on the heels of our good news stories about young, developing players, along comes another from not surprisingly Stoneywood - Dyce, a club well known for producing top line youngsters for the game.

Jack Lambley may only be 14, and has only been playing the game for three years, but last Sunday he stunned his teammates in a development game against Aberdeen Grammar FP's, hitting an astonishing 142, which included some big hits, out of all proportion to his young years, according to those who were privileged to watch the knock.

wytbu8  Jul 10 2017 - 9:36pm   

Rain brought an early halt to proceedings yesterday at Lochlands, Forfar where the game between an ACA Grades Select and SPCU Select was called off after the Aberdeen side had been bowled out for 122 from 20.2 overs.
Fazal Awan of Bon Accord and Indika Yahathugoda of ACE Mannofield were joint top scorers with 39 in a game which had been restricted to 25 overs per side, and was finally abandoned before the Strathmore Union Select had an opportunity to bat.
Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 10 2017 - 4:57am   

Knight Riders caused the upset of the day in Grade 1, beating title chasing AGSFPs, enabling Academy to leap frog the Rubislaw side, while giving leaders Bon Accord some breathing space at the head of affairs.

The Groats Road side batted first, racking up a challenging total of 222 for the loss of seven wickets thanks to half centuries for Sivaganesan Palaniappan (55) and Somasundaram Kumarasamy (52), while Sam Knudson was the most successful bowler for AGSFPs, claiming three for 34.

wytbu8  Jul 9 2017 - 11:17am   

Clubs are reminded that results for the preliminary round of the Turriff Cup and agreed original and reserve dates for the quarter finals before the second weekend of August should be reported for the Management Committee meeting scheduled for Monday 10 July?

Under the revised rules approved at last year’s AGM, clubs may play on a Sunday; but only if both clubs agree and there is no impact on other Association competitions or representative games.  Otherwise the default position for rounds prior to Finals Day is now a weekday evening, which given the Evening League appears now to have concluded, could include a Tuesday or Wednesday – with overs being reduced to 10 or 15 if necessary.

wytbu8  Jul 4 2017 - 6:59pm   

Lochlands Park in Forfar is the venue on Sunday 9th July for the clash between the ACA Grades Select and the SPCU Select. Two very strong teams will line up for a 1:00pm start for a 45 overs a side match. The SPCU Select side comfortably beat the NoSCA Select at Mannofield last month, and are again captained by Swapnil Rane of Gordonians. The ACA Grades Select will be captained by Tauqeer Malik of Bon Accord who will be looking to reverse their defeat by the SPCU Select at the same ground in 2015.

wytbu8  Jul 4 2017 - 4:32pm   

The contest in Grade 1 developed into a three way race after leaders Bon Accord, AGSFPs and the season's shock troops Academy all won their games in some style.
The most impressive performance of the day was at Kellands Park where Inverurie Don Valley looked to have posted a winning score of 197 for three only to be beaten by Academy who passed the home total with two wickets in hand, thanks to a patient, controlled 54 from Phani Prattipati. For the home side Chris Watson scarcely deserved to be on the losing side after hitting a sparkling 75. George Hadden was no less efficient with a painstaking unbeaten 62, though it was not enough to get the better of the tenacious Sheddocksley side.
Bon Accord were in equally good form at home to Kemnay-Kintore, racking up 270 for four before bowling out a weakened Bogbeth Park side for 89. The main men for the champions were Saif Ahmed (126), Fazal Awan (94) and destroyer in Chief Jaimeek Bhalani who took five for 15 as the visitors collapsed in the face of pressure from the unrelenting Bon Accord side.
Second placed AGSFPs were well up to the poor challenge of Cults who were bowled out for 71, chasing a total of 189, five wickets falling to Sam Knudson for a mere 26 runs. The principal scorer for the Rubislaw side was opener Alex Keith with a quick fire 49.
At Groats Road Knight Riders 193 all out proved to be too much for ACE Mannofield who succumbed to the home attack for 155. Sivaganesan Palaniappan hit a splendid 83 for the home side, and Mannofield’s own run machine was Indika Yahathugoda who has scored two centuries to date this season, topped scored for his team with 52.
In Grade 2 Stoneywood-Dyce's stranglehold on the title was loosened by second placed Grampian who bowled the visitors out for 145 before chasing the total down for the loss of six wickets. Banchory came tantalisingly near to registering its first win of the season, having been bowled out for 80 of which Graeme Nixon scored a stubborn 25, they took eight 2nd Knight Riders wickets before its own total was surpassed.
In Grade 3 Aberdeen Super Kings made inroads into Stonehaven Thistle's lead, taking advantage of the leaders not being in action, beating 2nd AGSFPs by 47 runs.
In the only game played in Grade 4 2nd Methlick beat Turriff by eight wickets at the Haughs. Rob Fryer scored an entertaining 58 for the winners.
Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 2 2017 - 12:58pm   

At a time when cricket throughout the country is in decline, it is massively encouraging that clubs in ACA Grades are giving youngsters the opportunity to make their mark in the game, including the major breakthrough of the brother and sister duo at Fraserburgh.

From where I sit in the shade and safety of the press box, I suspect that Ryan (11) and Leanne (13) Broadley are just the tip of the iceberg, as more and more young cricketers are being exposed to competitive games in the Grades. More power to these daring, but progressive clubs who clearly see that the future of the game rests in the development of a youth programme.

wytbu8  Jun 28 2017 - 4:20am   

Academy turned in the performance of the day in Grade 1 after being bowled out on its own Sheddocksley track for a mere 108, turned the table on Cults, dismissing them for 73, thus keeping their title challenge on track.
Phani Prittipati was the home side hero, claiming four of the Allan Park side's wickets, including a hat-trick without conceding a run in the low scoring encounter.
Leaders Bon Accord were easy winners at the Links where they eased to 215 for the loss of nine wickets before bowling out the Knight Riders for 171 of which 54 was scored by Vijay Amirtharaj.
Prolific run scorer Fazal Awan suffered a rare failure with the bat for the champions, but had ample compensation with the ball, taking three for 20 when the visitors batted.
Haroon Ahmed top scored for Bon Accord by hitting a sparkling 75, but getting first class support from Reman Haider who rattled up a fine 42.
AGSFPs kept the pressure on the leaders in second place, seeing off the challenge of ACE Mannofield by five wickets at Rubislaw, restricting the visitors to 190 for seven before home captain Rob Swiergon stepped up to the plate with a superbly constructed  77 to remind Bon Accord of his side's challenge.
The unluckiest player of the day was Ellon Gordon's Ben Webb who scored a captain's knock of 114 in his side's total of 166 at Kellands Park, only to lose out to Inverurie Don Valley who raced to victory by seven wickets, mainly due to a home partnership between George Hadden (75 not out) and captain Trevor Norval who hit a painstaking 33.
In the other basement battle in the top grade Kemnay-Kintore did well to bowl out Crescent for 112, only to collapse to 68 all out, this despite a stubborn knock of 33 from captain Liam Thom.
In Grade 2 Stoneywood-Dyce continue to set the pace at the top of the division, enjoying a comfortable nine wicket win at the expense of luckless Banchory who has yet to win a game as the home side were bowled out for 90. The challenge of Siyapa and Grampian stuttered as both were surprisingly beaten by 2nd Knight Riders and Methlick respectively.
Stonehaven Thistle domination of Grade 3 looks set to be a feature of the season, as they were convincing six wicket winners at Cowdray Estate, bowling Dunecht out for 51.

wytbu8  Jun 25 2017 - 12:16am   

In addition to a Disciplinary Appeal, which was allowed in part, and issues relating to the non-availability of pitches at the Duthie Park on 10, 17 and 24 June, a range of other important issues were discussed at the meeting of the Management Committee held on 12 June 2017.

Grade 4
Concern was expressed that although the season was approaching its mid-point only one or two Grade 4 fixtures had so far been completed.

wytbu8  Jun 23 2017 - 6:18am   

The attached article written by Ean Mackie appeared in the Green Final on April 1990 reference the start of the Grade Cricket season 

wytbu8  Jun 21 2017 - 9:49pm   

More than 180 children participated in the inaugural Redball Cricket Festival, held at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club (ACC) in Mannofield, Aberdeen on Thursday (June 15).

The Redball Programme was created by ACC and Drum Property Group as an in-school cricket programme, allowing children aged nine to 11 to benefit from the opportunity to learn and play cricket. The Festival saw children from five local primary schools come together to show off their new found cricketing skills and play matches against each other.

wytbu8  Jun 21 2017 - 9:09pm   

Seven weeks into the season, and the top of Grade 1 has a familiar look after leaders and last year's champions Bon Accord scraped past Inverurie Don Valley at the Links, while AGSFPs moved smoothly into second place at the expense of Academy at Rubislaw.

wytbu8  Jun 18 2017 - 9:25am   

Ellon Gordon's recent demise is a "temporary thing" according to Ellon stalwart Euan Mackie who was quick to defend his side's poor start to the season which has seen 155 year old club lose its first seven games in Grade 1, while losing its grip on the Aberdeenshire Cup in the preliminary round of the competition.

wytbu8  Jun 18 2017 - 12:08am   

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wytbu8  Jun 16 2017 - 12:04pm   

ACA Grades have selected a strong team to play in the semi - finals of Murgitroyd Cup to be played at Lochlands, Arbroath on Sunday.
The games get under way at 10.30am with the home team Arbroath United taking on the Select before Falkland play either Aberdeenshire or Forfarshire.
The final will be played at 5:00pm.
Select team – Tauqeer Malik, Fazal Awan, Nawaz Mirza (all Bon Accord), Alex Keith, Rob Swiergon (both AGSFPs), Scott Whyte (Inverurie), Ben Webb (Ellon Gordon), Nathan Thangaraj (Crescent), Abhinav Kache (Academy), Geet Grover (Cults) and Somasundaram Kumarasamy (Knight Riders). 
Murgitroyd Cup Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jun 15 2017 - 2:40pm   
With the Grades Select on Murgitroyd T20 duty this Sunday (18th June), Mannofield is the venue for the first of 3 round robin Select matches involving the North of Scotland Cricket Association (NoSCA), the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association (ACA) and the Strathmore and Perthshire Cricket Union (SPCU). The SPCU and NoSCA kick off the series of matches in a 45 overs game which starts at 1:00pm. The SPCU will host the ACA at Forfar on Sunday 9th July, and NoSCA will entertain the ACA on Sunday 13th August at a venue to be confirmed.
wytbu8  Jun 14 2017 - 7:37pm   
 
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