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International cricket and rain seems to go hand in hand when it comes to Scotland, but hopefully we'll have a full cricket programme ahead of us this weekend.  Gordonians are due to face Bon Accord on the artificial at Countesswells so it could be a high scoring day if Messrs Awan, Bashir and Mirza get going for the Bons , while Gordonians are more than capable of finding the boundary through Pandit, Khosla and Perera.  Crescent host Ellon at the Links and welcome back the all round talents of Vineet Khanna but Geet Grover misses out due to work committments.  Ellon are without a host of usual faces but you never know what might happen on a Links pitch.  Inverurie and Grammar are expected to have an enjoyable game as both sides have a mutual respect for each other.  Grammar are missing Anand, Mapplebeck, Senthil and Herd while Inverurie are missing Lawrence, Morrison and Johnston.  The news of Anand being unavailable will no doubt leave sets of ears on both sides very thankful.  Knight Riders are expected to be too strong for Mannofield at fortress Groats Road, and with Cults picking up a welcome 30 points due to Stoneywood Dyce scratching their 2nd game in the last 3 weeks, Mannofield may well be relegated depending on how the results come in.

In Grade 2 Methlick travel to Rubislaw to meet 2nd Grammar without Mark Woodhouse who's daughter is getting married on Saturday.  From a source within the team they've revealed that its hard enough getting his match fee out of him so they have no idea how he'll cope with funding a wedding.  Super Kings welcome Fraserburgh and The Broch will be hoping that Cory Bowie will be back to his run scoring best.  Grampian and 2nd Knight Riders meet at Sheddocksley and with Jeby George in fine form after his 2nd hundred of the season last week, 2nd Knight Riders could be in for a tough day.  Its top versus bottom when Siyapa host Banchory and despite a poor season for the Deesiders they still have enough talented players capable of causing a shock here.

Portcullis will be hoping to bounce back as they travel to face 2nd Methlick without the services of the talented Dave Mitchell, but they should still have enough quality to defeat the home side.  Crathie are hot on the heels of Portcullis and will have to defeat 2nd Grampian or that will hand the title to their promotion rivals.  Dunecht will be hoping to cement the 3rd place in Grade 3 against 2nd Gordonians at the Cowdray Estate.
 
The champagne corks will be popping at Meigle if they can beat Mannofield to secure the SPCU NE Championship title.
chris  Aug 16 2019 - 7:02pm   
The prevailing weather at the end of the week, coupled with a far from helpful forecast, suggested a review of the upcoming fixtures would have been a waste of 15 minutes for someone, but surprisingly the majority of the games went ahead, some of them in slightly soggy conditions.

Gordonians continued their recent rich vein of form by defeating Mannofield at Countesswells.  Abrar Ahmed scored 50 and Indy Pandit 46 as Gordonians amassed 222 for 9 from their 45 overs.  Phil Wood took 5 for 29 and in reply Mannofield were bowled out for 179 with ex Gordonian Indy Yahathugoda hitting a boundary laden 77, receiving good support from son Ken who made 42. 

Inverurie lost another last over thriller, this time with Crescent. Inverurie made 176 for 8 from their 45 overs with Chris Watson top scoring with 50 and Dave Gibson taking 4 for 34 for Crescent.  Umair Qureshi struck a wonderful 81 to help Crescent get over the line with 4 balls to spare.

Knightriders kept up their impressive record at fortress Groats Road this time defeating Grammar by 30 runs.  Knightriders made 151 for 8 from their allotted overs with Pelhaj Tenneti scoring 48.  In reply 36 from Karan Anand and 26 from Rob Swiergon provided the backbone of the Grammar innings, but 5 wickets from Bijin Vijayaraj helped Knightriders to bowl them out for 121. With their 2 nearest rivals suffering defeats, Bon Accord improved their position at the top without playing as their game with Cults was a victim of the weather. 

Stoneywood Dyce thumped Ellon at Peoples Park,  as Stuart Lister scored 90 and Ryan Williams made 49 not out to help Stoneywood Dyce to 203 for 7.  In reply Ben Webb made the first half century of the season for Ellon, his 57 in vain as Ellon were dismissed for 128.  3 Wickets apiece by Williams and Jack Lambley did the damage.

Siyapa's charge towards Grade 1 shows no sign of letting up as they defeated Super Kings in a low scoring match at Harlaw.  Super Kings were restricted to 95 and Salman Bedaar scored 53 not out to see Siyapa home by 7 wickets.
chris  Aug 11 2019 - 10:57pm   
Bon Accord lifted the first trophy of the season as they convincingly defended the Turriff Cup at Peoples Park on Sunday. Knight Riders made it through to the final courtesy of their boundary catching as Gordonians habitually holed out. Bons took care of Crescent in their semi final with Fazal Awan and Presanth Gopinathan scoring 37 and 31 respectively. Taimur Suri picked up 4 for 16 as Bons were all out for 144. Alex Pereira scored 44 as Crescent fell short on 103.
Bons batted first in the final and Gopinathan was in the runs again as they accumulated 121 for 8. Knight Riders were all out for 96 with Malik taking 4 for 16.
Bons remain top of the table in Grade 1 with a walkover against Stoneywood-Dyce, and they saw the gap to Inverurie widen as Gordonians pulled off a surprise at Countesswells. Scott White made 51 out of an Inverurie opening partnership of 93 with George Hadden, who eventually fell for 47 as they totalled 196 for 6. Gordonians were deep in trouble at 47 for 5, but 39 from Indy Pandit and an unbeaten 37 from Chamila Perera gave Gordos a 1 wicket win with 5 balls to spare. 
It was the battle of the number 7's at Gordon Park as Ellon lost a nerve jangler to AGSFPs by 3 runs. Harry Mapplebeck top scored with 36 as the visitors were all out for 144, Richard Greenfield taking 3 for 20 to finish off the innings. Greenfield was the main contributor with 37 for Ellon as Mapplebeck took 3 for 18, and the last wicket partnership for Ellon almost did the business, but fell 3 runs shy of glory.
The Knight Riders total of 228 for 9 was well above par for the Allan Park, Abhinav Kache making a half century. Cults were bundled out for 68 in the 25th over with Safeer Peedikayil doing the damage with 5 for 20. An unbeaten century from Will Anderson hoisted Mannofield to a more than respectable 200 for 7 against Crescent at Harlaw. Grant Jamieson took 5 for 20 to give Mannofield a 60 run victory.
Grampian keep the pressure up in Grade 2 as they picked up the 30 points for a win at Methlick.
chris  Aug 7 2019 - 4:09pm   

Grade 1 leaders Bon Accord have a day off as Stoneywood Dyce have been unable to raise a side for Saturday. AGSFPs travel to Ellon, the home side hoping someone can break the 50 barrier with the bat, this being a marginally easier prospect as the visitors are without Fraser Proud to support the returning Mapplebeck.

Inverurie might find the short boundaries of the artificial pitch at Countesswells a challenge as they take on a strong Gordonians side, and Knight Riders may find Allan Park equally challenging as they face Cults. Mannofield host an under strength Crescent at Harlaw in the other Grade 1 match.

In Grade 2, with Siyapa not involved this Saturday, Grampian head to Methlick looking for a win to narrow the gap at the top, and Aberdeen Super Kings will be looking to do the same as they play 2nd AGSFPs at Rubislaw. Fraserburgh have a long journey to Banchory and Stonehaven meet 2nd Knight Riders at Groats Road.

Grade 3 leaders Portcullis are at Sheddocksley against 2nd Grampian, and nearest challengers Crathie will be dishing up the pies at Balmoral to 2nd Gordonians who are boosted by the return of Alex Hounsome to their batting line up. 2nd Methlick are on duty at Dunecht in the remaining fixture.

Sunday will be busy at Peoples Park as the T20 Turriff Cup winners will be decided. Play starts at 11am as Crescent take on Bon Accord, followed by Gordonians v Knight Riders, with the final expected to start around about 6pm.

Back to Saturday, and the Eastern Premier League leaders Forfarshire bring their star studded batting line up to Aberdeen to play Stoneywood-Dyce. The phrase 'must win match' applies to Aberdeenshire as they head to Edinburgh to play RH Corstorphine. Grange will be expected to win at Arbroath, and the most significant of the Edinburgh derbies will see Stewarts Melville at Heriots.

In the SPCU NE Championship, Meigle could just about seal the title if they win at Forthill, but Strathmore should beat Kinloch to keep things alive until next weekend. Perth Doocot go to Dalnacraig to play Dundee High, with the latter slight favourites to win and replace the visitors in 3rd spot. Harsha Cooray will be back on his old stomping ground as Falkland come to Mannofield, and Gordonians host Arbroath at Countesswells as they look to halt their lengthy run of defeats.

chris  Aug 2 2019 - 3:32pm   

chris  Aug 2 2019 - 8:07am   

It was all change at the top of Grade 1 this weekend with both Inverurie and Gordonians dropping points so Bon Accord are now in pole position.  Grammar came up against a stronger Gordonians team than they would have anticipated after the call off of their SPCU game.  Grammar were bowled out for 115 and were largely indebted to their captain Rob Swiergon who made 37.  Gordonians chased down the total losing 6 wickets in the process of which 5 were picked up by Fraser Proud who finished with impressive figures of 5 for 20 from his 10 overs.  Abrar Ahmed with 35 and Mayank Bhandari with 34 not out saw Gordonians home.  Bon Accord made short work of Ellon at the Links bowling them out for 43 with Akhlaq Bashir taking 5 for 16. 21 not out from Prashant Gopinathan saw Bon Accord to their target with 7 wickets remaining.  Knightriders defeated Inverurie by 17 runs at Kelland Park.  Their innings of 157 was largely thanks to good rear guard action from Poongkannan Palaniyandi 25, Bijin Vijayaraj 34* and Safee Peedikayil.  George Hadden was destroyed in chief for Inverurie with 4 for 22.  Inverurie did look like they were cruising to victory when Trevor Norval and Scott White were batting together although 3 wickets each from Vijay Vijapur and Safee Peedikayil got Knightriders over the line despite a fine 75 from Noval.  Mannofield picked up their 1st win of the season when they defeated Cults by 6 wickets at Harlaw.  4 wickets from Prashanth Srinivasan and 3 from Phil Wood restricted Cults to 101 then 66 not out from Grant Jamieson on his old stomping ground saw Mannofield home.  Stoneywood and Crescent served up the closest game of the weekend with Crescent prevailing by 1 run.  Crescent amassed 221 for 9 from their allotted innings with Geet Grover and Aftab Hamid both scoring half centuries while Mike Louw and Andrew Rayner picked up 7 wickets between them.  George Robertson batted through the whole innings carrying his bat with 82 and Jack Lambley scored 49 as Stoneywood fell agonisingly 1 run short.

chris  Jul 29 2019 - 4:07pm   

With the weather forecast for Saturday improving fast hopes of play has drastically increased.  At Countesswells Gordonians welcome AGSFPs however they have to do without the services of Indy Pandit for this one.  AGSFPs will be delighted that Callum Herd is back to full fitness after shaking off a wrist injury.  Bon Accord and Ellon meet at the Links with Ellon desperately in need of some points in what is typically a low scoring ground.  Charles Wolrige-Gordon will be hoping to be back to his run scoring best in this one.  Inverurie vs Knightriders should be a classic on paper however the home side have to do without the services of Fraser Lawrance as he's attending a wedding of Fraserburgh legend and all round good guy Liam Bowie.  Mannofield and Cults face off at Hawlaw with Cults hoping to pickup another win in their race to beat the drop.  Ravi Mahajan was in form with the bat in their last game and he'll be hoping to continue where he left off.  Crescent are the visitors to Peoples Park to play Stoneywood Dyce and still have to make do without holidaying skipper Nathan Thangaraj.  Stoneywood Dyce's priorities might be changing with the Grades 11 safe and the SPCU first division side aiming for promotion to the Championship.

The top teams in Grade 2 meet at Sheddocksley on Saturday when Grampian and Siyapa come face to face.  A win for Siyapa surely makes it impossible for the chasing pack to catch them.  Banchory make the trip to Lairds where 2 slow bowling veterans Tim Wilkinson and Colin Addison will be pitting their wits against each other.  Stonehaven host Super Kings and the Super Kings batsmen will have to be at the top of their game when Clive Hinchliffe has the ball in hand.

In Grade 3 2nd Gordonians host Dunecht with both teams looking for some much needed points.  Crathie will be hoping to keep up the pressure on Portcullis at the top of the league when they welcome 2nd Grampian.  Portcullis entertain 2nd Methlick at Duthie Park knowing anything less than a win will open the door to Crathie.

chris  Jul 26 2019 - 3:54pm   

 

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chris  Jul 22 2019 - 11:37am   

Heavy rain washed out all but one of the fixtures for the past weekend, the only game to beat the weather was at Balmoral where Crathie defeated 2nd Methlick by 8 wickets.  Methlick's innings of 89 was largely indebted to 21 from Mark Woodhouse and 35 from Steve Murphy.  Rory Humphrey and Fergus MacLeod both picked up 4 wicket hauls with the ball then put together a 54 run unbeaten partnership with the bat to see Crathie home.

In the SPCU NE Championship, Meigle stretched their lead with an unexpectedly comfortable 6 wicket win over Falkland, and next Saturday welcome Gordonians who stumbled to a 5th defeat on the bounce at Dalnacraig. Gordonians batted first and were soon in trouble as the pace of the Rasheed brothers made batting tricky on a pitch with very low bounce. Aman Arora made 34 and Swapnil Rane 26 as Gordonians dug in to post 102 all out. The Dundee batsmen only needed 26 overs to record an 8 wicket win. 

Forfarshire 2nd XI beat Kinloch in the bottom of the table clash and the games at Mannofield and Strathmore were rained off.

In the Eastern Premier League only one match survived the weather, and Grange did Aberdeenshire a favour by hammering Stewarts Melville. In a match reduced to 22 overs, Grange smashed 262 for 2 with Ollie Hairs unbeaten on 179 as they completed a 100 run victory. 

chris  Jul 22 2019 - 8:21am   

With the SPCU deciding to schedule the 2 Counties Cup finals day this Saturday, this may well stretch the resources of Stoneywood-Dyce who will be looking to defend the aforementioned trophy, and put up a good showing at home against Grade 1 leaders Inverurie. The team batting first at Peoples Park has lost in all five Grade 1 matches at the venue this season.

AGSFPs may well be concerned about their trip to Allan Park, with the pitch a bit of a leveller, and hosts Cults having won 3 of their last 4 games. 

Bon Accord will be providing the teas as they play Crescent at Links. Crescent will still be without Nathan Thangaraj, and they will have to up their game after defeat to Gordonians last weekend if they are to have any chance of sneaking a surprise result.

Gordonians host Knight Riders at Countesswells minus Indy Pandit but with the addition of Sandy Richards and Jay Bhalani. Richards was in excellent form with the bat for the Gordos SPCU side last Saturday, and if he can bat for a while then this could be a close one.

The bottom 2 teams cross swords at Harlaw as Ellon travel to meet Mannofield. With only one half century between them this season this may be an opportunity for the bowlers to improve their averages. 

In Grade 2 Siyapa haven't met Methlick for over a year, and they had a narrow win with one over to spare in that encounter. Siyapa are running away with the Grade 2 title, but Methlick have the bowlers to take advantage of any team who get a little over excited by the short boundaries on offer at Lairds.

Stonehaven have only played three times on an artificial pitch in the last 2 seasons, and they have won them all, so taking on 2nd AGSFPs at Rubislaw shouldn't phase them. 

The earlier meeting between 2nd Knight Riders and Fraserburgh saw the Broch side record a 10 wicket win, but the chances of them repeating that sort of result at Groat Roads seem slim.

chris  Jul 19 2019 - 8:52am   
 
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