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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:47 am    Post subject: A Dream Reply with quote

It's the summer of 2010 and it's a scorcher in Aberdeen. There has been occassional rain for a couple of hours most weeks but it has been restricted to Tuesdays or Wednesdays and has always cleared up by the end of the day. Every weekend has been non-stop sunshine with just a hint of a breeze every now and again to take the edge off things.

It's the end of June - on a Saturday afternoon and the scene at Duthie Park is one of Aberdonians enjoying themselves (?) in the park. Families are out picnicing on the extensivie and well kept lawns. A group of youths in football strips are kicking a football around in good natured fun. Old ladies are sitting in rented deckchairs, toddlers are toddling all over the place, the odd dog chases a frisbee while youngsters cycle their bikes in weaving patterns around the bandstand where a band is playing mellow tunes to reflect the mood. Ice cream vendors ply their wares amongst the portrait artists and jewellery makers whose stalls dot the park. This has been the scene since the start of summer some eight weeks ago.

Meanwhile in another part of town the revitalised Aberdeenshire Cricket Association Grades competition is in full swing. The four new pitches with their purpose built changing facilities have gone down a storm since their opening last season. The pitches themselves have been three years in the preparation and while not test match standard they have bedded in well and give a fair game to both batsmen and bowlers. The net facilities have breathed new life into cricket in Aberdeen and clubs which previously struggled to find players are now wondering if they should field a second eleven. Cults, Mannofield and Stoneywood Dyce have all put in requests to the Association to see if they can play their Small Clubs Cup matches at the facility.

Aberdeen City Council are lauded in the press for their forward thinking and long sighted approach to sport in the city. Following Commonwealth Swimming success in 2006 they realised that the best way forward for sport was to create centres of excellence where they could focus on giving the best that was available to each sport. The Sheddocksley Football Academy (soon to be renamed the Wullie Miller Football Academy)is often used by visiting European teams to practise for their Champions League ties against Aberdeen FC. Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray opened the Westburn Tennis Academy and former Ashes Hero turned TV pundit Michael Vaughan not only gave the after dinner address to a packed Aberdeenshire Cricket Association Dinner in 2008 but also agreed to return to open the new cricketing facility and offered as a raffle prize a free nets coaching session for all clubs using the facility.

Then the shout of "Catch It!" rang through the air and as I tried to pick the ball up in the descending gloom at DP 1 tripped over an empty beer can and landed in some dog poo while the ball hit me in the goolies much to the glee of the three pi**ed casuals who were walking accross the square.

Ah well.......................
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good article in today's P&J about the Duthie Park fiasco. Jack sums up the feelings of many grades cricketers, I think.
Portcullis Cricket Club, Aberdeen.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The P& J has an on line facility to comment on this article I would suggest that as many people as possible do so .IF ONLY BECAUSE WE HAVE A CRICKET REPORTER ON THE P & J WHO IS GOING OUT TO FIND STORIES AND PUT CRICKET ON THE SPORTS PAGES .He desrves support.

If 50% of those who stand on the boundary and said "its time SOMEBODY did something actually DID something themselves it MIGHT make a diference
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