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Grades Results for w/e 22nd-23rd July 2017 - Academy Hopes Dented

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.

''This is what competitive cricket is all about. It was a real nail biter. We are now in the race for the Grade 1 title,'' said Somasundaram Kumarasamy, the Knight Riders captain who hit a superb, but patient 52 of his side's total of 167 before going on to claim four Academy wickets for 27 as the home side slumped to 148 all out on a difficult seaming track at one of Aberdeen's cricketing outposts.

His Academy opposite number Abhinav Kache hit a valiant 25, but was left to rue his side dropping six catches. ''It was a great game, but catches win matches, as we found to our cost, but despite the defeat we are still in with a shout of winning the league,'' said Kache. Jamil Khan was the pick of the home attack, picking up three for 34.

In another low scoring affair at the Links, league leaders Bon Accord were shocked to be bowled out for 84, but recovered in style to bowl visitors Cults out for 26, mainly due to an inspired bowling performance from their captain Tauqeer Malik who turned in the remarkable figures of six wickets for 11 runs. ''We make it hard for ourselves, but came good in the end, and remain on target to retain our title,'' said Malik.

AGSFPs kept up the pressure on the leaders with a resounding 209 win at the expense of bottom side Ellon Gordon at the Gordon Park. After amassing 267 for nine, AGSFPs bowled the home side out for 58 of which their captain Ben Webb scored 42. Sam Knudson grabbed three for three runs in the rout.

Eddie Steinson (64) and Karan Anand (61) were the AGSFPs top scorers.

The two other relegation threatened sides Crescent and Kemnay-Kintore enjoyed mixed fortunes in their respective battles. Crescent stunned Inverurie Don Valley at Kellands Park where the home side scored 174 for six of which George Hadden scored a painstaking unbeaten 63, only for the Aberdeen side to dig in and pass the required total for the loss of only five wickets. Nathan Thangaraj top scored with a magnificent 95 not out.

ACE Mannofield beat Kemnay-Kintore by 87, racking up 208 for eight. Indika Yahathugoda and Rahul Chandu both scoring 60 apiece before bowling its troubled opponents out for 121. Chandu claiming four for 19 for the winners.

Ellon Gordon and Kemnay-Kintore now look to be strong candidates to go down, not that such defeatist talk will go down well at the Gordon Park or Bogbeth.

In Grade 2, the shock of the day was at Countesswells where league leaders Stoneywood-Dyce fielding a very young team were bowled out for 37, and deposed at the top, forlornly chasing the Gordonians total of 217 for the loss of eight wickets.

Grampian took full advantage, moving smoothly into top slot, easing past winless Banchory after scoring 276 for eight before bowling the ''visitors'' out for 76. Bijil Jacob top scored for the winners with an impressive knock of 126, while Graeme Nixon rolled back the years with a solid all round performance, including four wickets and a knock 28 for the losers. Methlick were six wicket winners at home to Siyapa with another veteran Colin Addison also took four wickets and scored a vital unbeaten 27 to steer his side home.

2nd Knight Riders clocked up a precious win at Groats Road keeping them out of the bottom two. Cory Bowie starred for Fraserburgh with a sparkling 89 in his side's total of 172 for six, a total passed by the home side for the loss of six wickets.

In Grade 3 Stonehaven Thistle retained its 100% record with a 79 run win against Aberdeen Super Kings. Clive Hinchcliffe turning in the impressive figures of six for eight, as the Aberdeen side slumped to 65 all out.

Portcullis were similarly 111 run winners at home to Crathie who were dismissed for 55.

In the only game played in Grade 4, 2nd Methlick racked up 201 for four with Alastair Smith scoring a flamboyant 80 before restricting 2nd Stonehaven to 103 for eight, keeping the Lairds men well clear at the head of the division.  

Sunday saw the only semi-final cup match played down at Balmoral Castle with the home side comfortably through to the final beating Dunecht in a low scoring game. Crathie will now face either Stonehaven Thistle or 2nd AGSFPs whose match, along with the other semi-final cup matches washed out, will now be decided with a bowl out.

Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 24 2017 - 3:45am   
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