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Grades Results for w/e 29th-30th July 2017 - Grade 1 Race Hots Up

AGSFPs threw the Grade 1 title race wide open, handing leaders Bon Accord a rare defeat, leaving Bon Accord with the narrowest of margins at the top of the division with four games remaining to be played.

''This was a nail biter which could have gone either way. We are now within 1.3% of Bon Accord, giving us the momentum for the run in. Alex Keith was the hero of the day, hitting a superb 75 for us. It's all to play for now,'' said Rob Swiergon, the AGSFPs captain.

Bon Accord batted first, but were all out for 181 of which a tenacious 70 from opener Fazal Awan on the Rubislaw artificial track. The AGSFPs reply was led by opener Keith who rolled back the years with a sumptuous innings, as good as anything seen from one of the best batsmen in the history of modern Grades cricket. 

After his departure it was left to Karan Anand to steer his side home with an unbeaten 24.

Academy lost ground on the leaders, losing for the second consecutive week, stunned by relegation threatened Kemnay-Kintore at Bogbeth Park where the home side bowled out the Aberdeen side for 129 before easing to victory for the loss of five wickets, handing themselves a lifeline in the battle to avoid the drop. Frank Summers hit a patient unbeaten 51 to see his side home, Jordan Thom was the home bowling stand out with five for 17, and probably ending Academy's chance of winning the title.

Knight Riders climbed into third place in the top grade, keeping its slim chances of league glory alive, but almost certainly condemning Ellon Gordon to the drop after bowling the home side out for 112 before racing to victory, but losing six wickets in the process, though Sivaganesan Palaniappan was imperious with a magnificent 69 not out.

''We are still in with a shout of winning the league, anything can happen in the last four games. AGSFPs win has opened up all kinds of possibilities,'' said Somasundaram Kumarasamy, the Groats Road captain who played his part, taking three Ellon Gordon wickets for 14 runs, while Prasanth Mallireddy took three for six.

Crescent's bid to escape relegation continued at the Links where it bowled ACE Mannofield out for 93, pushing the visitors into the dropping area. Ankush Sharma hit a solid 57 for the winners, as they cruised to an eight wicket win, and the safety of mid table.

There was relief at Allan Park for Cults who won its first game since June 17th, but not without a struggle, having been bowled out for 143 they managed to contain Inverurie Don Valley to 128 to the delight of captain Aqeel Ajazi who said: ‘It has been a bad run for us, luckily we had some early season wins, keeping us out of real trouble in the league, perhaps we can build on this win.''

In Grade 2 Grampian retained its position at the top of the league, but only after a hard fought affair at Fraserburgh where the home side came within two wickets of pulling the shock of the day. Chasing 172 to win, the leaders scraped home for the loss of eight wickets as the Broch side battled to stay out of the relegation zone.

Second placed Stoneywood-Dyce returned to winning ways, easing home by three wickets at home to 2nd Knight Riders.

Siyapa eased its relegation fears with a return to batting form, racking up 215 for the loss of six wickets before restricting Arrowdawn Gordonians to 159 for eight.

Banchory came within a whisker of a first win, only to be denied by Colin Addison, once again a batting and bowling hero for Methlick who after taking two wickets for three runs, defied the home bowling attack with a match winning unbeaten 23.

Stonehaven Thistle sail serenely on at the head of affairs in Grade 3, racking up 251 for five before bowling 2nd AGSFPs out for 122 to record its eighth win from eight starts. Aberdeen Super Kings stay in second place after 86 run win at Balmoral where they bowled out Crathie for 76 when chasing the Aberdeen side's 162 for five. Dunecht won its first game of the season with a convincing win on the road the Aberdeenshire side hunted down the 2nd Grampian total of 86 all out for the loss of only two wickets. Tony de Gabrielle hit a splendid 40 for the winners

There were no matches played in Grade 4 in what was otherwise a good day for Grades cricket, and the promise of more to come as the season comes to an exciting climax, including the finals of a number of competitions at the end of August.

Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 30 2017 - 7:44pm   
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