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Thunder and lightning on Saturday brought the rain calculator in to play in a lot of games and deprived some late order batsmen of the chance to be heroes. 

Cults was the scene of the biggest surprise of the day, where the home side batted batted through their 45 overs to post 159 for 8. Mauzzam Ali top scored with 46 before becoming one of 3 victims for the wily Chris Watson. Steve Morrison made 44 for Inverurie, but nobody else got in to double figures as Mauzzam took 4 for 20 before the rain calculator gave Cults a 20 run win. Inverurie drop off the top of the league to be replaced by AGSFPs who had a convincing 95 run rain calculator win over Stoneywood-Dyce. Seeing out the bowling of Jon Grant proved the recipe for success as 81 from Alex Keith and 51 from Fraser Proud helped AGSFPs to 217 as Mike Louw took 3 wickets to clean up the tail. Having failed with the bat, Karan Anand took 4 for 19 to knock the stuffing out of the SDCC reply, but a valiant unbeaten 37 from Martin Reid kept the match alive until the weather arrived.

Abhinav Kache hit a half century as Crescent dismissed Knight Riders for 168 off the final ball of the 45th over with Anjum Toor picking up 4 for 33. Nathan Thangaraj made 28 but nobody else could make more than 6 as Crescent slipped to a 99 run drubbing. Stuart Davies and Ben Webb were the top contributors with the bat as Ellon totalled 155 for 9 against Gordonians. The latter crumbled to 42 all out as Jonathan Barrett took 4 for 10. High total of the day went to Bon Accord who had centuries from Shakeel Ahmed and Akhlaq Bashir in their score of 355 for 5 against 9 man Mannofield, who must have initially been happy to remove Fazal Awan for a duck. Varinder Sood took 4 for 25 to scuttle out Mannofield for 63.

In Grade 2, Siyapa stretched their lead at the top without playing as Stonehaven couldn't raise a side.
chris  Jul 3 2019 - 8:03am   
So we reach the half way point of the season where the weather has been largely disappointing so far but we finally appear to have hit a heatwave and are looking forward to a full weekend of cricket. 

In Grade 1 Inverurie are moving through the season well and currently sitting top of the league just ahead of AGSFPs, travel to Allan Park to face a Cults team coming off the back of their first win of the season, and they will be hoping that local knowledge can guide them to another victory, but for sure Inverurie will put up a fight on a wicket that has been deemed the worst in the grades by many this season. 

AGSFP’s will be looking to get another win under their belts as they take on thriving Stoneywood-Dyce at Rubislaw. Some of the league’s best performers will be on show and this could be the pick of the games in the top league this weekend.   

Crescent face the challenge of Knight Riders at the Links, a result for either team will certainly strengthen their title chance as they sit 3rd and 4th in the league. Again this encounter should be a good one and with the weather set, a sunny Links could be a great place to be this Saturday. 

An up and coming and wonderfully youthful Mannofield side take on the Old Guard in Bon Accord at Harlaw. This encounter is a must win for Bon Accord for them to get their season back on track. Mannofield, heavily reliant on captain Indy Yathathugoda, will put everything in Bon Accords way as they look for their first win of the season. 

Ellon face off against their promotion rivals from last season Gordonians at the Gordon Park. Gordonians will not be at full strength and this could be a difficult game for them as both teams look to secure their place in Grade 1 for next season. 


In Grade 2 top of the table Siyapa were due to travel to Stonehaven but unfortunately the Mineralwell Park side have had to scratch which allows Siyapa to pickup 30 points without having to get their whites dirty. 

Fraserburgh host Grampian this weekend in another seaside fixture.
chris  Jun 27 2019 - 2:01pm   
It was all change at the top of Grade 1 as Inverurie and AGSFPs had polar opposite batting performances. Inverurie posted 284 without losing a wicket as Steve Morrison scored 170, and George Hadden a slightly more sedate 94 against Mannofield. Watson and Coutts took a couple of wickets each to bowl Mannofield out for 135 and take the Kellands Park side to the top of the table. This was at the expense of AGSFPs who must have been quite happy to reduce Bon Accord to 77 for 7 at Links, only for the floodgates to open as Usman Khan bailed Bons out with his 54 taking the total to 147. Poosappadi and Mapplebeck took 3 wickets apiece for AGSFPs, but Ashfaq Bashir, Awan and Mirza also took 3 wickets apiece for Bons, but at very little cost as Grammar were shot out for 38. 
 
68 from Nathan Thangaraj helped Crescent reach 192 for 7 against ASI Gordonians, who responded with a disappointing 80 all out. Vineet Khanna was amongst the wickets again as his 3 for 10 kept Crescent at the head of the chasing pack in the league table. Vijay Vijayapur took 4 for 7 to rattle out Stoneywood-Dyce for 66, but Jon Grant produced even better figures as his 6 for 14 saw the first 5 Knight Riders batsmen amass 2 runs between them. Abhinav Kache restored some sanity to proceedings with 24 as Knight Riders stumbled to a one wicket win. 
Cults registered their first league win of the season at home to Ellon, their 170 for 8 an excellent score at Allan Park these days. Ellon needed a big knock from at least one of the triumvirate of Davies, Veldsman and Barrett to get anywhere near the Cults total, but it was left to Billy Turner to top the scoring with 30 as Ellon were all out for 130.
 
Agha Haider made 64 for 2nd AGSFPs, before becoming yet another victim for Muhammad Shahid whose 4 for 23 saw the Rubislaw side all out for 143. Shahid now has 23 wickets for the season, 8 clear of the next wicket taker in the league.
chris  Jun 25 2019 - 7:59am   
chris  Jun 21 2019 - 11:43am   
Gordonians should welcome back Debo Barman when Crescent come to visit Countesswells on Saturday and a close game is expected with the all round talents of Vineet Khanna and Anjum Toor in the Crescent ranks. AGSFPs will be missing Alec Keith for their trip to face Bon Accord at the Links as he's expected to be covered in factor 50.  Cults entertain an Ellon side minus their captain Ben Webb but the Gordon Park side should welcome back Brian Veldsman at the top of the order.  Inverurie host Mannofield and Scott White is expected to boost the Kellands Park side's resources.  It should be another cracker at Peoples Park where Stoneywood Dyce play Knightriders in a game that is too close to call.

At Rubislaw 2nd AGSFPs host Siyapa where their bowlers will have to be at the top of their game to prevent Salman Bedaar from adding to his run total for the season.  2nd Knightriders welcome Banchory to Groats Road and will this be the week when Tim Wilkinson finally makes it to 10 000 runs for Banchory?  Grampian and Stonehaven meet at Sheddocksley where Lee Fenton will be hoping to continue his onslaught against the home bowlers as the current top run scorer in Grade 2.  The game between Methlick and Fraserburgh has been moved to Sunday to allow a fundraiser to be held at the Beaton Hall on Saturday.  Stuart Anderson is expected to be on wicket keeping duty as Mark Woodhouse is required to bowl.

In Grade 3 2nd Gordonians play 2nd Methlick with big performances expected from Gerry O'Brian and Rob Fryer.  With the Reid Cup heading towards the business stage 2nd Grampian head to Balmoral to play a Crathie side who are formidable at home when Justin Thomas and Bill Slee have the ball in hand.Portcullis play Dunecht at Duthie Park where Owen Thorpe will be hoping to bring up his 2nd century of the season or avoid his 3rd duck.  Dunecht can call on the all round talents of Steve Derrett.
chris  Jun 21 2019 - 9:32am   
AGSFPs put a young Mannofield side to the sword at Harlaw scoring 316 from their 45 overs with Karan Anand top scoring with 106 not out.  Mannofield captain Indy Yahathugoda scored 64 in reply before off spinner Callum Herd picked up up 4 for 27 to complete a 186 run victory.  Bon Accord and Knight Riders were involved in a low scoring thriller at the Links where Akhlaq Bashir and Fazal Awan combined to take 7 Knightriders wickets in bowling them out for 64. Knight Riders didn't make life easy for them in the chase, and managed to capture 7 Bon Accord wickets, but Awan capped a fine all round game top scoring with 30 for the Bons.  
It was another good day for the bowlers at Allan Park in the match between Cults and Crescent. Vineet Khanna and Veera Mani both picked up 3 wickets apiece as Cults were bowled out for 87, then Sohaib Tahseen was the hero with the bat top making 30 as Crescent reached the total losing 6 wickets in the process. Stoneywood-Dyce defeated Gordonians by 5 wickets at Countesswells.  Ryan Williams picked up a 4 wickets as Gordos were bowled out for 75, then scone connoisseur Mike Louw scored 34 to rescue Stoneywood-Dyce from a perilous opening at 29 for 5 to chase down the total without further loss. 
It was the George Hadden and Jordan Thom show for Inverurie at Ellon as the pair scored 33 and 36 respectively to help Inverurie to 121 for 7 from their allotted overs, then combining to take 9 of the Ellon wickets to fall as they were bowled out for 60.

In Grade 2 Siyapa kept up their 100% unbeaten record for the season defeating 2nd Knightriders by 60 runs.  Muhammad Shahid picked up his 3rd 5 for of the season taking an impressive 5 for 2 on this occasion. Grampian had a convincing 8 wicket victory over 2nd AGSFPs chasing down 158 with Jeby George playing a captains innings leading his side home with 83 not out. Chetan Aggarwal top scored with 45 for Super Kings in their innings of 134 all out against Banchory who were then bowled out for 90 with Rizwan Mohammed taking 5 for 13.  Stonehaven climbed above Methlick into 2nd spot in Grade 2 with their win over them at Mineralwell Park. Stonehaven batted first and scored 136 all out which was largely off the back of Lee Fenton's 67. Tim Duffy picked up 3 for 9 but in reply Methlick were shot out for 58 with only Rob Fryer making double figures as Nigel King and Bryan Snelling both took 4 wickets each.
chris  Jun 16 2019 - 10:49pm   
With the forecast hinting at no weather issues for Saturday, Grade 1 leaders AGSFPs will be hopping over the wall to Harlaw to face Mannofield. Going by league positions AGSFPs are strong favourites for this one, but Mannofield skipper Indy Yahathugoda picked up runs last Saturday, and if he hits form then the AGSFPs pace attack could suit his attacking style.
Culter Curry Bon Accord host Knight Riders at the Links in what could be the closest match of the day. Reports indicate that the Links pitch is bowler friendly, and both sides have plenty in that department to suggest that this could be a low scoring competitive match.
ASI Gordonians will meet Stoneywood-Dyce on what should be a belter of a pitch at Countesswells. Gordonians captain Indy Pandit has been in excellent form with the bat and if any match could turn in to a runfest then this could be the one.
A near to full strength Quilter Cheviot Ellon Gordon will take on Inverurie Don Valley at Gordon Park with the home side hoping that Messrs Greenfield and Wade can make inroads in to an experienced Inverurie batting line up.
Crescent go to Allan Park to face Cults, and having scored a century in his last innings, Geet Grover will be looking to repeat this against his former club.
In Grade 2, 2nd AGSFPs and Grampian meet at Rubislaw, both having only lost one league match so far, so something will have to give. League leaders Siyapa will be expected to beat 2nd Knight Riders at Groats Road and winless Banchory will be keen to get a result on the board as Aberdeen Super Kings make the drive out the A93. Mineralwell Park hosts what could be a bit of a nail biter, as on paper, Stonehaven and Methlick look well matched. Tim Duffy has been the major wicket taker for Methlick this season but Stonehaven are equally capable of running through a batting line up. 
In Grade 3 Portcullis will be sampling the pies at Crathie as the top 2 meet in what should be a very close game.
chris  Jun 14 2019 - 8:32am   

A summer training programme consisting of 7 outdoor training sessions on a Friday evening 6pm-8pm at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club, Morningside Road, AB107FB

The Caledonian North U16 Skill Centre squad has been set up to help develop young players who are knocking on the door of the Caledonian Regional set up. The centre will give the players the opportunity to work on all aspects of their game and hopefully by the end of the program have made them a stronger all-round cricketer.

Dates:

Friday 5th July – 6pm-8pm                  

Friday 12th July – 6pm -8pm

Friday 26th July – 6pm – 8pm

Friday 2nd August – 6pm-8pm

Friday 16th August -  6pm-8pm

Friday 23rd August – 6pm -8pm

Friday 30th August – 6pm -8pm


For players to be considered they must be U16 and not be a part of the Caley Highlander set-up at present. If your club has any young players who you wish to be considered for the Skill Centre please contact Anthony McKenna on anthonymckenna@cricketscotland.com

chris  Jun 12 2019 - 4:50pm   
Rain was once again the winner as the Saturday programme was decimated. Only one Grade 1 match produced a result as Quilter Cheviot Ellon Gordon hosted Mannofield, although the match had been in doubt as the outfield at Gordon Park had not been harvested during the week. Indy Yahathugoda was the top scorer with 39 as Mannofield posted 108 with Hamish Paterson and Prakash Srinivasan taking 4 for 26 and 3 for 11 respectively. Stewart Davies with 29, carried his bat as Ellon knocked off the runs in the 28th over for the loss of 5 wickets, 3 of those falling to Ranga Bandara at a cost of 30 runs. Ben Webb with 31 and Alistair Addy with an unbeaten 23 were the other main contributors as Ellon secured the 30 points for a win.
In Grade 2 a match did start at Harlaw in conditions that merited one fielder putting the hood up on his jacket, and then handing said jacket to the umpire when he came on to bowl. That match was belatedly rained off. 2nd Knight Riders travelled to Kessock Park and were bundled out for 73. Vidhyasagar Vivekanandan opened the batting and was left high and dry on 40 as his last 7 partners were all out for ducks. Paul O'Neill with 4 for 13 and Cory Bowie with 3 for 23 did the damage, and Bowie completed a man of the match effort with 57 not out as Fraserburgh won without losing a wicket.
In Grade 3, 2nd Grampian picked up points as Dunecht were unable to raise a side. The other Grade 3 sides were on Reid Cup duty. The 2nd ASI Gordonians v Portcullis match was another victim of the weather, but they had better luck at Methlick as Crathie enjoyed their visit to Lairds, rattling up 142 for 5 in their 20 overs. In reply, 2nd Methlick were all out for 69, Mike Baldry taking 3 for 8 to add to his knock of 68 in the frst innings.
The last Bon Accord quarter final was concluded, with AGSFPs in another dramatic bowl off at Stonehaven. 2nd AGSFPs showed their 1st XI how it should be done as they won 2 - 1, and they will travel to Methlick for the semi final on 28th July.
chris  Jun 12 2019 - 8:08am   
We can only hope the weather forecast for Saturday is hopelessly wrong in predicting a downpour, but in the meantime let us take in the dramatic news of the week which happened at Rubislaw last night.
In a tense bowl out, Cults came out on top in the twice postponed Aberdeenshire Cup against highflying Aberdeen Grammar, giving the Allan Park a berth in the semi final where they will meet Gordonians.
I just hope the Reid Cup which gets underway on Saturday.
There are in fact two cracking games in prospect with 2nd Gordonians tasked with halting the progress of Portcullis who have the look of a team on a league and cup double on their minds. In the other tie at Lairds, 2nd Methlick will also have their work cut out to contain Crathie’s right royal march.
In Grade 1, Aberdeen Grammar will look to bounce back from the bitter pill of losing their bowl out, ironically taking on Cults at Rubislaw. Another piece of irony is Kellands Park where Inverurie, the other form team will be bidding to repeat their cup win of last weekend against visitors Stoneywood- Dyce. The same can be said of Bon Accord who meet Crescent again after knocking them out of the same competition on Sunday.
This in fact could be the most significant game of the day, as defeat could single the end of either side’s title hopes.
In the meantime Knight Riders have a great chance to make their case at the expense of newcomers Gordonians at Groats Road, while the other new boys, Ellon Gordon might just fancy a first win of the season at home to bottom side Mannofield, especially after the plucky performance away to Grammar last Saturday.
In Grade 2, 2nd Aberdeen Grammar will be keen to get back to winning ways when they travel to Stonehaven. Leaders Siyapa and third placed Methlick will also be determined to set out their stall for a promotion push whe
chris  Jun 7 2019 - 9:41am   
 
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