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February 27, 2017

18:35
Hello all, This week’s rota for Sunday 5th March is as follows: 12:00pm till 2pm. Siyapa Aberdeen Super Kings Grampian Portcullis 2:00pm till 4:00pm. Knightriders (2 lanes) Kemnay Kintore (2 lanes) If you are short on spaces or struggling to fill your lanes could you let me know. I may be able to pass on said lane for another club to use rather than burdening your club with costs on something they cannot fill. We now have 24 white indoor balls with a seam stored at Sheddocksley Sports Centre They are WHITE in colour. On no accounts should you use the RED balls as they are the property of the Aberdeen Indoor League. Our balls will be kept in a separate bag and will be WHITE and YELLOW (paceman) in colour. Finally, good luck for Sunday and stay safe. Cheers, Ronnie
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February 14, 2017

18:13
Hello all, This week’s rota for Sunday 19th February is as follows: 12:00pm till 2pm. Crescent Aberdeen Super Kings Grampian Portcullis 2:00pm till 4:00pm. Knightriders (2 lanes) Kemnay Kintore Academy As the Paceman balls have shown not to be that great I have found a new set of indoor cricket balls that are more suitable for the cause. They will be being trialled on Sunday and hopefully they will be more suitable than the Paceman balls. They have a seam and additional weight that is more suitable for indoor practice. They are WHITE in colour. On no accounts should you use the RED balls there. They are the property of the Aberdeen Indoor League. Stupid here did and I am have bought new ones to replace the old ones. Our balls will be kept in a separate bag and will be WHITE and YELLOW (paceman) in colour. If these balls trial successfully I will hope these will last throughout these indoor sessions and we will order new indoor balls for the following season as part of the fees. In addition there are no additional fees to the clubs bar the initial £6 per club for the initial Paceman balls. If clubs/individuals do want to use their own indoor balls they can. Finally, good luck for Sunday and stay safe. Cheers, Ronnie Ronnie Falconer Secretary Portcullis Cricket Club Tel: 01224 423133 (w) 01224494415 (h) 07881347136 (m). Email: Ronnie.falconer@langstane-ha.co.uk Ronnie@ronniefalconer8.wanadoo.co.uk
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February 1, 2017

14:01
I'm (just a little bit) sorry to bang on about this Ronnie. But if it is the 2oz Paceman light balls you have purchased - the same ones in the amazon link you posted - you will not have to worry about the consequences of any impact related accidents. Because the batters will no longer require pads, gloves or even boxes with these balls. The only injuries you will need to worry about are those caused to ageing shoulders trying to impart enough pace on them for something approaching a realistic practice. I think you will find they are only suitable for the Paceman bowling machine, for throwdowns and for batting drills. In fact, if we are truly restricted to using 2oz Paceman balls I vote we put the nets away and do fielding and batting drills. But we might as well use tennis balls as they are inherently better for these drills. I think we also need to be careful not put ideas in the council's head that playing cricket with cricket balls is an unacceptable health and safety risk. We still need the council to mark pitches this summer in public spaces, and there may be times teams will want to place willing fielders within a few yards of the bat. Cricket is very much a minority sport this far north, so very few people will be sad to see it go.
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January 30, 2017

18:45
Hello all, This week’s rota for Sunday 5th February is as follows: 12:00pm till 2pm. Crescent Dunecht Grampian Portcullis 2:00pm till 4:00pm. Knightriders (2 lanes) Kemnay Kintore (2 lanes). Following Amit’s accident on previous net session there are new procedures in place from this Sunday onwards. They are: 1). Only indoor balls are to be used for the indoor sessions from now on. As suggested earlier in my posts I have ordered 24 Paceman indoor balls that will be kept at Sheddocksley. This means there will be no excuse for the use of outdoor balls in the hall as there will be a minimum of six per net for use. They cost £53:98 and as there are nine teams participating this comes to an additional total of £6 per team for these. The additional cost will be added to all of the club’s February bills. You can also use your own indoor balls should you wish (I know some of the bowlers will want something with a seam on it!). Neil Cameron of Cricket Scotland recommended the Readers yellow A120 and Paul Gray kindly sent the attachment for the Readers catalogue should any clubs wish to use them. Sheddocksley Sports Centre I’m sure will no longer permit the use of the normal cricket balls anyway. 2). If you can please ask all of your members and participants to be vigilant and self-aware at all times. Although we are using lighter more suitable balls, accidents can still happen 3). One thing that was pointed out was that some of the last indoor participants had placed their bags at the back of the hall – right in line of a straight drive. This could add to distracting players from concentrating on the practice sessions. From here on in could you please put your bags either down the sides of the hall, in the centre of the nets in the hall or even in the cloakrooms in the lockers. A momentary lapse in concentration whilst getting a bottle of water could result in another accident. Better to get the contents of your bag with the nets to prote...
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11:59
The lack of a seam is irritating, but a minor issue compared to the weight of the Paceman ball. The 5oz Bola ball that I've used netting with Crescent is OK to bowl with and bounces well in the nets. It's good practice for the batsman. It shafts the bowlers though, because if you train to bowl a good length using a 5oz Bola ball you will bowl full tosses with a 5.5oz Dukes. But the Paceman balls are a completely different kettle of fish. Did anyone try with the Paceman balls on Sunday? When I've attempted to bowl with them I've felt like I'm going to dislocate my shoulder trying to make them reach the batsman at a reasonable pace.
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January 28, 2017

00:22
Hi Stephen, You make fair points with regards to the quality of balls that will be used in place of the normal cricket balls. In short the use of outdoor cricket balls is not an option. In place we are looking for appropriate indoor balls that are much safer. Even if we were to wish to continue with the outdoor ball, last Sunday's accident will probably see the Sports Centre (rightly) not allow us to use them anyway. The suggestion at present is to keep a set of indoor balls at Sheddocksley for the indoor sessions. I agree the balls I have suggested do not have a seam and are therefore perhaps discouraging for bowlers to use. However they are there as a basic supply for use. There would be no problem in bringing your own indoor cricket ball for personal use should you wish. Neil Cameron of Cricket Scotland recommended the Readers (A120) yellow indoor ball. To my knowledge these balls retail at £10-£25 each. I cannot see any problem using one of those should you wish. Long term I would imagine we would all want to find a decent authentic set of cricket indoor balls that would replicate the outdoor ball. The balls I am suggesting in the meantime I hope would reduce or eradicate the risk of a similar event (along with other measures) ever happen again.
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January 27, 2017

18:52
Hello all, I have not heard from everyone but those I have heard from are in agreement about stopping using the harder balls indoors. I have ordered a dozen of the Paceman balls to see what they are like. They are due in on Tuesday but I hope they will be in by tomorrow. Crescent CC have brought similar balls in the past and I think they will be safer than the normal cricket balls. If they are up to scratch I will order another dozen and have stored at Sheddocksley for the following Sunday. There has been other suggestions on the types of balls we should use and I am open to ideas. However I am working to a budget as I don’t want to discourage teams from the Indoor Practices due to a dramatic hike in costs. I will keep you posted. Cheers, Ronnie Ronnie Falconer Secretary Portcullis Cricket Club Tel: 01224 423133 (w) 01224494415 (h) 07881347136 (m). Email: Ronnie.falconer@langstane-ha.co.uk Ronnie@ronniefalconer8.wanadoo.co.uk
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17:42
We have a Paceman bowling machine at Turriff. The balls are much, much lighter than the 5oz Bola machine balls. You will actually struggle to bowl them 22 yards. Buy cheap buy twice! The Bola balls work really well for the batsman (the bounce is a lot more realistic) and are heavy enough to bowl with your arm, but no seam and dimples will train all but the most naturally consistent bowlers to bowl the wrong length. Marginally, I'd rather be hit in the face with a Bola ball than an actual cricket ball, but they come off the bat harder, and travel through the air faster, so there isn't much in it. I've been hit hard in the gut by one of these from a bowling machine cranked up to full whack. It caused heavy bruising and I think had it hit me a bit higher it would have likely cracked a rib. Proper indoor cricket balls would the best all round solution, but they cost £15 - £25 each. Bola balls are OK. With Paceman balls I reckon you will struggle to keep the bowlers interested in even trying. I hope you get well soon Amit. Steve
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January 25, 2017

15:19
A bowling machine ball will still do you serious damage if it hits you when you're not looking - it's nearly as heavy as a proper ball. It's fundamental at net practices that you must NEVER turn your back on the action or look away when not protected by the net. Hope the guy's all right.
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12:47
As previously detailed the course will indeed take place at the Justice Mill on the dates in this thread. We have a few confirmed attendees already. Please contact myself to book your place. Blair
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January 23, 2017

19:17
Hello all, As you should know already the hall at Sheddocksley is not booked this weekend. Perhaps a blessing in disguise following last Sunday’s accident. For those of you not aware of yesterday’s incident, Amit (sorry I do not know his surname) of Aberdeen Super Kings was struck in the eye from an off drive from one of the nets. Being a cricket ball and with him not having any time to react to the strike (and it was really travelling) he received the full impact of the ball on his eye socket. I did not see the ball hit him but heard it impact on him and that was enough to put a shiver down my spine. Thanks to those who had a knowledge of first aid and the Sheddocksley attendant herself Amit was attended to. An ambulance was contacted and arrived quickly to take Amit off to hospital. Having messaged Magesh Devendran of Aberdeen Super Kings I was told that Amit has received stitches under his eyes and he may have a few fractures around his eye. He was kept in overnight but was discharged today at 3pm. Fingers crossed that he does not have those fractures and no other injuries from this unfortunate moment. With this in mind and having chatted to a few of those that witnessed it as well as discussing what happened with Robin Taylor we feel it is best from now on we do not practice with the normal cricket balls in the hall and from now on use indoor balls for the net sessions. Robin came up with the idea that we store 24 or say indoor balls at Sheddocksley for future indoor practices and use them. I have looked at Ebay and Amazon so far but have not purchased any as of yet. I thought maybe a fairer solution would be to get each club to provide three indoor balls each to be stored at Sheddocksley for everyone’s use (nine clubs x 3 balls = 27 balls). That way is probably the most cost efficient solution. As the nets are quite cheap anyway the additional costs for the indoor balls should be covered by ...
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January 16, 2017

19:10
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:34 pm Post subject: More news about the Indoor Nets At Sheddocksley. Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello all, The Indoor nets have just started again at Sheddocksley and seem to be going well. If your club has not got a net but you fancy a bit of a bowl and a bat please contact myself or one of the clubs that are attending that given week. I will post up the clubs and net times each week on here so you can have a look for yourselves. The nets are booked for the following Sundays between 12pm and 4pm: Sunday January 22nd. Sunday February 5th. Sunday February 19th. Sunday March 5th. Sunday March 26th. Sunday April 2nd. Sunday April 9th. The suggested fee you should chip in would be £5 - outstanding value for a 2 hour net session! For the clubs who have booked the lanes this is a further incentive to drive down booking fees! Sunday January 15th has the following clubs taking part: 12PM TILL 2PM. Crescent Dunecht Grampian Aberdeen Super Kings 2PM TILL 4PM. Knightriders (2 lanes). Kemnay Kintore. Academy. If you need any further help you can contact me on 07881347136 or email me at ronnie@ronniefalconer8.wanadoo.co.uk Cheers, Ronnie
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13:58
Good Afternoon all, For anyone interested in obtaining their Level Once qualification we are working with ESCOA to deliver a course locally on 25th and 26th March 2017. This will take place in the training room at the Justice Mill on Union St. Official details will be posted once i have them. Meanwhile anyone interested please drop me a message here of email me on btaaoco@gmail.com
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January 13, 2017

18:34
Hello all, The Indoor nets have just started again at Sheddocksley and seem to be going well. If your club has not got a net but you fancy a bit of a bowl and a bat please contact myself or one of the clubs that are attending that given week. I will post up the clubs and net times each week on here so you can have a look for yourselves. The nets are booked for the following Sundays between 12pm and 4pm: Sunday January 15th. Sunday January 22nd. Sunday February 5th. Sunday February 19th. Sunday March 5th. Sunday March 26th. Sunday April 2nd. Sunday April 9th. The suggested fee you should chip in would be £5 - outstanding value for a 2 hour net session! For the clubs who have booked the lanes this is a further incentive to drive down booking fees! Sunday January 15th has the following clubs taking part: 12PM TILL 2PM. Portcullis CC (Sorry we're full!) Siyapa CC Grampian CC (2 lanes) 2PM TILL 4PM. Knightriders (2 lanes). Kemnay Kintore (2 lanes). If you need any further help you can contact me on 07881347136 or email me at ronnie@ronniefalconer8.wanadoo.co.uk Cheers, Ronnie
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