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Close Run Things, Allied to Enterprise by Jack Nixon

Rain, or no rain, we had some great Grades cricket at the weekend, made all the better by some enterprising attitudes in the so called lower levels of the local of the game.
In Grade 1, Aberdeen Grammar confirmed they will be the team to beat, even if they had to rely on the rain calculator to see off the challenge of Knight Riders, leaving them the only side in the division with a 100% record, mainly due to a sparkling, but responsible half century from Karan Anand who held the innings together in the nine run win.
But the finish of the day was in the game at the Links where Crescent looked to have successfully chased down the 167 set by Inverurie, only to falter in the run in, leaving them an agonisingly one short, but making for good cricket, at least for neutrals.
Elsewhere, Bon Accord recorded their first win of the season, although they would be less than happy with their lowly total of 107 all out at the Allan Park, but relieved to bowl Cults out for only 57.
The worst defeat was at the Gordon Park where newly promoted Ellon Gordon were dismissed for a mere 27 in which six home batsmen failed to score, while left hander bowler Jon Grant had a field day for Stoneywood - Dyce, taking seven wickets for 13.
The other promoted team, Gordonians had a much better day, restricting Mannofield to 147 for nine, before rattling off the runs for the loss of only one wicket.
The most enterprising exercise of the day was at the Burnett Park where Banchory and Grampian’s Grade 2 match got underway at 10.30 to ensure the game beat the incoming rains, this they did with something to spare, as the visitors eased home by 79 runs.
Not to be outdone in Grade 3, Portcullis and Crathie agreed their game should be a 30 per side one, which in the event turned out to be a cracker with Portcullis reaching 91 for the loss of seven wickets before containing Crathie, leaving the Balmoral side four runs short in a thrilling encounter. Bill Slee was an unlucky loser, ended on 31 not out after a belligerent, but ultimately futile knock.
The game was played I am told in the best of spirits, which is how it should be.
Even in the late afternoon of games elsewhere, bowler smiled in the face of persistent rain, sticking to the task despite. It can only get better lads.
chris  May 27 2019 - 10:45am   
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