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Grades Results 12th-13th August 2017 - Runner up Slots up for Grabs

The race for the Grade 1 title is set to go down to the wire after the top two Bon Accord and AGSFPs eased to narrow wins with only two weeks of the season remaining.

Leaders Bon Accord were surprisingly bowled out for only 105 by bottom side Ellon Gordon, but regained its composure sufficiently enough to dismiss the visitors who are now relegated bar a miracle, for 75 on what was a difficult track to bat, but a dream to bowl on as Hamish Patterson proved for Ellon, taking five wickets for 21.

Jaimeek Bhalani and Nawaz Mirza were no less effective for the home side, grabbing three for 17 and two for 14. Ellon Gordon captain Ben Webb was the game's only batting hero, stroking a patient 36 as all others around him lost their wickets and heads, though Maqbool Ahmed's unbeaten 30 was central to the Bon Accord victory.

''Ellon Gordon proved to be worthy opponents, but once again we showed we have what it takes, and will not easily surrender the title,'' said Tauqeer Malik, the Bon Accord captain.

At Kellands second placed AGSFPs looked set for a big total after openers Alex Keith (47) and Chris Clelland (41) eased to a patient half century partnership, so when Inverurie Don Valley captain Trevor Norval threw veteran bowler John Jessiman the ball it seemed like an act of desperation, or even surrender. Ten overs later from the wily off spinner the wisdom of his choice was clear, as Jessiman rolled by the years, taking four AGSFPs wickets for 36 runs to restrict the title chasing visitors to 175 for eight. Jessiman was suitably modest about his achievement, but said: ''It was a little anniversary celebration of my own, as 50 years to the day I captained Inverurie in the final of the Aberdeenshire Cup. We tied the game, but lost the replay to Aberdeen City Police'.' There was to be no happy ending, however, for the evergreen Jessiman, as AGSFPs contained the home batsmen, restricting the home side to 143 for the loss of nine wickets, mainly due to some all round good bowling. ''We also took our catches in a win that was ground out against a very good Inverurie side who were very competitive. Crucially we are still in the title shake up,'' said Rob Swiergon, the AGSFPs captain. Karan Anand and Callum Herd took two wickets each for the Rubislaw side.

At Bogbeth Park the title challenge of Knight Riders disappeared in the closing overs when the they dropped two vital catches, enabling Kemnay-Kintore to pass the Aberdeen side's lowly total of 78 for the loss of nine wickets, keeping its hopes of avoiding returning to Grade 2 alive, but still in one of the relegation slots.

Crescent's bid to avoid the drop was put on hold as they failed to hunt down the Academy total of 189 for six, coming up 14 runs short for the loss of eight wickets.

There was relief and joy for Mannofield who arrested its recent run of poor form, chasing down the Cults total of 143 all out for the loss of four wickets, making for an intriguing run in for the four sides trying to beat the drop. 

In Grade 2 the day's events left Fraserburgh facing going down with Banchory, after being beaten by Methlick by nine wickets, and now need to beat Stoneywood-Dyce in its one remaining game, while hoping that Gordonians lose to Grampian.

Methlick ended the game in style with Steve Murphy hitting the winning runs with three successive sixes which took him neatly to his half century.

At the business end of the league third placed Siyapa beat second placed Stoneywood-Dyce in a high scoring game to move to within striking distance of promotion.

They successfully chased down the home total of 223 for eight easing home with two wickets in hand, making for an interesting day's cricket coming up on Saturday.

The shock of the day in Grade 3 was the first defeat of Stonehaven Thistle who must have thought they had done enough after racking up 195 for five, only for 2nd Grampian to race to victory for the loss of five of its own, Rohin Joseph starring with a magnificent 94 for the winners, though it was Stonehaven’s Lee Fenton who top scored with a splendid 105 not out.

Dunecht registered its second win of the season at home to Portcullis, easing past the visitor’s total of 87 for the loss of three wickets, while Crathie were bowled out for 96 in pursuit of 2nd AGSFPs 115 all out.

Report by Jack Nixon
wytbu8  Aug 13 2017 - 11:51am   

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