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The 14-day deadline for circulation of AGM papers has now been reached, and a formal response from OSCR to the proposal to constitute the NE Scotland Cricket SCIO has yet to be received.
In light of this, and feedback from some member clubs that more time should be allowed for consideration of the draft SCIO operational rules, including changes to playing conditions, the interim SCIO trustees have decided that – as intimated in the President’s previous circular – the formal process for migration to the new model, be put back to what would have been the Spring Meeting of the Association at the end of February 2019.
A full presentation on the revised schedule will be given at the AGM on Sunday 2nd December 2018; but principal changes of date/issues are as follows:

wytbu8  Nov 19 2018 - 11:28pm   

Clubs are reminded to provide provide this information before the 2018 AGM 

The http://www.cricketscotland.com/support-clubs/policies-and-templates/ link will take you to a number of documents and templates that are available from the Cricket Scotland web site to assist with the governance documentation required for your club.
In particular, we would direct you towards the template that can be used to create a club constitution document. ACA rule 3 requires clubs to have a club constitution documentation in place, and in the unlikely event that you do not have this documentation, or if it has not been reviewed for a lengthy period of time, you may wish to copy, paste and edit it to suit your needs.

wytbu8  Oct 24 2018 - 6:02pm   

And so, another great night of entertainment, and catching up with old friends, is confined to the history books, leaving nothing but good memories of a well organised event, thanks to all the hard work of the committee.
In particular I would single out Tariq Butt, and Ian Stephen for their Herculean efforts in pulling it all together.
For of us who were privileged to be guests of the ACA Grades, it was a great pleasure to be able to participate in your celebrations, and see you pick up your hard won awards, including my own two, the junior one and the Press Player of the Year.
For your information, I shall have one more year of presenting the Junior of the Year Award, unless of course, I can be persuaded to carry my bat into my 80th year in 2020. We'll see about that one!
In the meantime, thank you for all your support over the season. It has been a genuine joy to be able to write about the game at all levels, both on your website, and through the good offices of the Aberdeen Press and Journal, and its sister paper the Evening Express.
Enjoy your winter break, but remember to turn out for the AGM on Sunday 2nd December 2018. It promises to be a big occasion for the Grades game. You owe it to yourselves to be there, indeed the long term future of the sport is on the line, but then it's none of my business, although I care deeply about where the game goes, and therefore hope my intrusion is helpful.
By Jack Nixon, Cricket Writer.

wytbu8  Nov 12 2018 - 9:04pm   
Link to 2018 Grades Dinner Photo Album Click Here
wytbu8  Nov 11 2018 - 6:53pm   

NE Scotland Cricket SCIO – The next steps
Further to the President’s previous circular, the following further five documents are now circulated:

wytbu8  Nov 4 2018 - 5:05pm   

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Our belated condolence to Dennis Pratt’s family and friends
Dennis passed away at the end of July 2018, he was one of the founder members of Methlick Cricket Club where he not only helped during the construction of the cricket ground but could be relied on to help with the ongoing maintenance of the Lairds ground. Dennis will be sorely missed by his family, friends and a sad loss to the club.
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wytbu8  Nov 3 2018 - 6:54pm   

The next meeting of the newly formed Cricket Memories group will be held at Mannofield on Wednesday 7th November at 2:00pm.
The group was set up to help people living with dementia, welcomes anyone who has been diagnosed to come along and share their cricket memories.
Further information can be obtained by ringing Lesley Gray (Dementia Adviser) on 07769 366201. I am happy to say, I will be present to share my memories and experiences
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Oct 29 2018 - 2:15pm   

The following list of juniors from a range of clubs is the one from which the 2018 Junior of the Year Award will be announced at the Grades Annual Dinner and Prize Giving on Friday 9th November 2018 at the Holiday Inn Express in Westhill - Leanne Broadley (Fraserburgh), Aayush Das (Gordonians), Ross Fraser (Ellon Gordon), Adi Hegde (Gordonians), Joseph Horne (Mannofield), Robert Kennedy (Methlick), Stuart Lister (Stoneywood-Dyce), and Ken Yahathugoda (Mannofield).
This year the award will be called the Hayden Barrett Cup in memory of an Ellon Gordon stalwart who recently passed away after 44 years of promoting junior cricket at the club.
I am very grateful to all those clubs who were able to respond to this initiative, including those who were unable to nominate a junior, but promising to look to the future in the hope of putting forward a junior next year.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Oct 23 2018 - 7:10pm   

Aberdeenshire Cup (G1) ------ Inverurie
Bon Accord Cup (G2) ------ Fraserburgh
Reid Cup (G3) ------ Banchory
Bain Cup (G1 League) ------ Bon Accord
Junior League Cup (G2 League) ------ Ellon Gordon
Ross Cup (G3 League) ------ Banchory
Thompson Shield (Double) ------ Banchory
Turriff Cup (T20) ------ Bon Accord
Walker Cup (G1 Batting) ------ K. Anand (AGSFPs)
Urquhart Cup (G1 Bowling) ------ F. Awan (Bon Accord)
Dor Nor Cup (G2 Batting) ------ S. Davies (Ellon Gordon)
Porter Cup (G2 Bowling) ------ P. O’Neill (Fraserburgh)
Donald Cup (G3 Batting) ------ J. Crawley (Banchory)
Morrison Cup (G3 Bowling) ------ S. Joseph (2nd Grampian)
Wilson Cup (wkt-keeping) ------ R. Majeed (Knight Riders)
Abdul Hayee Cup (u18 Batting) ------ A. Das (Gordonians)
Jamila Akhtar Cup (u18 Bowling) ------ C. Abbott (Banchory)
Thistle Sports Trophy (7’s) ------ Stoneywood-Dyce
Duncan Cup (7’s) ------ Bon Accord
Man of the Match Awards:
Aberdeenshire Cup (G1) ------ G. Coutts (Inverurie)
Bon Accord Cup (G2) ------ C. Gospel (Fraserburgh)
Reid Cup (G3) ------ S. Rotherham (Banchory)
Turriff Cup (T20) ------ U. Khan (Bon Accord)
Thistle Sports Trophy (7’s) ------ J. King (Stoneywood-Dyce)
Duncan Cup (7’s) ------ F. Awan (Bon Accord)
Team Fair Play Award:
Grade 1 ------ Mannofield/Inverurie
Grade 2 ------ 2nd AGSFPs
Grade 3 ------ 2nd Methlick

wytbu8  Oct 19 2018 - 7:58pm   

At a time when much is being made of the need for sporting organisations to get out in the community to promote their product, it is gratifying to know that one cricket club in the ACA Grades is doing just that, and already reaping rewards.

wytbu8  Oct 19 2018 - 3:26pm   

At Dennis Kidd’s funeral many ex-Anchorians Cricket Club players expressed an interest in having an Anchorians Cricket Club table at this year’s Grades Dinner not only to celebrate those who had sadly passed away but also for the ex-players to get together. Therefore, anyone still interested in being part of the Anchorians Cricket Club table contact Ian Stephen on ian.c.stephen@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

wytbu8  Oct 16 2018 - 1:05pm   

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   

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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.
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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 - buttclan@hotmail.com) and Ian Stephen (07775 817753 - ian.c.Stephen@aberdeenshire.gov.uk) 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
AWARDS: WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE EVENING
TROPHIES: PLEASE RETURN TO TROPHIES INTERNATIONAL AT 286 ROSEMOUNT PLACE (ACROSS FROM CO-OP) LATEST BY 28th OCTOBER 2018
TROPHY WINNERS: WILL BE NOTIFIED ASAP (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 ian.c.Stephen@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or ianthebetter@yahoo.co.uk

wytbu8  Oct 10 2018 - 4:49pm   

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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 kennycrichton@cricketscotland.com 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 kennycrichton@cricketscotland.com 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   
 
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