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Aberdeenshire Cup Quarter-Finals - 2017

Knight Riders will travel to Rubislaw on July 30 when they will meet the in form AGSFPs in the semi-finals of the Aberdeenshire Cup, while Inverurie Don Valley host a game with Bon Accord.

After a highly competitive round of quarter-finals, the ACA Grades most prestigious cup is down to the last four, throwing up two mouth watering ties, for local cricket supporters to watch.

AGSFPs bowled out Cults for 96 in a game that was transferred from Allan Park due to flooding before rattling off the required runs for the loss of three wickets.

Sajid Hameed was the principal wicket taker for the home side, capturing four for 27, but ably supported by Sam Knudson who claimed two for 16.

Captain Rob Swiergon topped scored with an unbeaten 34 as the home side raced to victory. "It has been a good weekend for us in both league and cup, but nothing's won yet," said Swiergon.

Across at Sheddocksley Bon Accord last year's beaten finalists racked up 222 for the loss of eight wickets before bowling out Academy for 122.

Fazal Awan hit a brisk 54 much of it in the company of Reman Haider who scored 50 for the visitors, while the home side were best served by Phani Prattipati who patiently battled to his 50. Andy Win was an unlikely bowling hero, taking four for 25 as the home side came up 100 runs short of the Bon Accord total.

Captain Tauqeer Malik was coy about his side prospects of a league and cup double but said: "We have been here before, and will be taking one game at a time. It has, however, been a good two days for us."

Knight Riders claimed its place in the last four after a convincing 139 run win at the expense of ACE Mannofield, the conquerors of holders Ellon Gordon in the preliminary round of the competition. There was no prospect of another shock, as despite restricting the visitors to 180 when they batted, Mannofield slumped to 41 all out on its own track. Rowan Vaduganathan top scored with a peerless 59, while Fraser Proud was the most successful of the home bowlers, grabbing four for 38.

Vijay Amirtharaj and Somasundaram Kumarasamy were the destroyers in chief for Knight Riders, taking four for 17 and three for eight, as Mannofield crumbled to 41 all out.

The last four is completed by Inverurie Don Valley who were given a walk over after Kemnay-Kintore scratched from the competition.

The semi-finals will be played on July 30, followed by the final on Sunday August 27.

Aberdeenshire Cup Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jun 12 2017 - 7:08pm   

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