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chris  Aug 29 2019 - 11:31am   

 

Willie Donald
President of both Cricket Scotland and Aberdeenshire Cricket Club  

Involved in Scottish cricket for over 50 years, Willie came through the ranks at Huntly then played for Aberdeenshire CC for 12 years including 4 years as captain and for Teddington CC in London from 1984 until 1994 winning the National Knockout (Cockspur Cup) twice and the Evening Standard trophy.

He represented the North District in Scotland, Surrey Cricket Association (amateur county select) in England, Scotland Under 21s, Scottish Universities, Scotland B, and won 58 caps for Scotland from 1978 until 1987.

During 2015 Willie was Interim Chief Executive at Cricket Scotland delivering the ICC Twenty20 Qualifier tournament in Scotland, rebuilding the fundamental operating processes underpinning Cricket Scotland, and developing a new forward strategy in support of SportScotland funding. 

chris  Aug 27 2019 - 11:59am   
The 2019 Aberdeenshire Grades campaign is 99% complete after the latest round of games.  Bon Accord are the Grade 1 champions after a comfortable 10 wicket win against Inverurie at the Links.  Inverurie were all out for 107, 3 wickets for 11 runs from Malik wiping out the middle order. Fazal Awan and Rehan Haider scored 56 and 44 to see the Bons home.  Grammar and Crescent played out a thriller at Rubislaw.  52 from Nathan Thangaraj and 41 from Umair Qureshi were the main contributions in Crescents' 184, but 70 from Rob Swiergon gave Grammar a fighting chance before Chris Clelland deposited Vineet Khanna for 6 to see Grammar home by 1 wicket. It was a fitting finish to the cricketing career of Clelland in the North East, and he has been a great servant to Grammar and cricket in the local area.  Barring major league reorganisation, Cults secured their Grade 1 status with an 8 wicket win over Gordonians at Allan Park.  4 wickets each for Abbas Hamid and Himanchu Bhardwaj helped to bowl the visitors out for 92, then 39 not out from Mauzzam Ali helped Cults home with plenty of overs to spare. Stoneywood had a comprehensive victory against Mannofield winning by 9 wickets thanks to Bruce Davidson with 5 for 29 helping to dismiss Mannofield for exactly 100. Stuart Lister, George Robertson and Nathan Palaninathan saw SDCC home.  Knightriders ended their season on a high with a 120 run win at Ellon.  Uday Reddy with 36 and Vijay Ramaswamy with 35 contributed with the bat.  Safee Peedikayil and Kannan Palaniyandi took 7 of the wickets to fall as they ripped through the Ellon batting line up.

2nd Knightriders defeated 2nd Grammar at Groats Road, Knightriders making 132 thanks to 33 from Sanjay Arumugam Vijandiran and 32 from Rajasekaran Ramadas.  In Reply Grammar could only muster 103 with 27 from Ranald Wilkie and captain Aman Sood stranded on 24 not out. Banchory picked up a morale boosting win at home to Stonehaven to end their Grade 2 campaign.  53 from Sean Hicks and 46 from Chad Abbott helped Banchory to 163 all out.  5 for 18 for skipper Mark Herbert and 4 for 4 from Daniel Brown bowled out Stonehaven for 90.  79 not out from one of the nicest Aussies you'll ever meet in Adam Veersema helped Methlick post 189 against Super Kings.  42 from Super Kings number 10 Shashikanth Tadoori must have had Methlick worried, but Mike Bremaneson rolled back the years with 3 for 43, and Veersema took 3 for 38 to top off a great day for the stand in captain as Methlick won by 21 runs.

It was runs a plenty in Grade 3 as all matches served up at least 300 runs between the sides.  2nd Grampian defeated 2nd Methlick by 58 runs, Jeby George top scoring with 37 not out in their 186 total, and despite 36 from Bryan Carr, Methlick fell well short of their target due to 5 for 25 from Kiran Varkey.  Barry Geddes made 89 not out and Peter Cunningham 67 as Crathie amassed 203 for 4 against Dunecht.  5 for 15 from Mike Baldry made a mess of the Dunecht innings, and 39 from Matt Witz was the best Dunecht contribution as the Deesiders won by 102 runs.  Portcullis finished their campaign in resounding fashion with a 103 run victory against 2nd Gordonians.  A century from Dave Mitchell and 53 from Jake Dawson helped Portcullis to 214 for 3 at the end of their innings, and they are Grade 3 champions.

Sunday produced another of those 'I was there moments', and not just the Ben Stokes show at Headingley.
chris  Aug 26 2019 - 1:37pm   
Inverurie and Gordonians meet at Mannofield in the Aberdeenshire Cup Final on Sunday. Gordonians also have the Under 16 Scottish Cup finals day in Edinburgh so it will be an experienced Gordonians side that takes the field in what should be a very close game. 
In Grade 1, most eyes will be on the match at Links between Bon Accord and Inverurie. A win for Bons will see them retain the Grade 1 title, but if Inverurie are at their best with the ball, then the Links pitch could help them spring a surprise. This time last year Bons were bowled out at the Links for 81 but still pulled off a 15 run win against Knight Riders. Chances are that whoever wins the toss on Saturday will bowl. 
AGSFPs will be looking for a win against Crescent at Rubislaw so that any major slip up by Bons will give them a chance to take the title. 
The other matches in Grade 1 are at the Allan Park as Cults host Gordonians, at Ellon as they welcome Knight Riders, and at Harlaw as Mannofield play Stoneywood-Dyce. 
In Grade 2, Grampian have played all their games, and will have to wait until 1st September to see if Fraserburgh can hand then the title by beating Siyapa in a match rearranged due to a Broch wedding. Methlick host Super Kings with the winners likely to take 3rd spot. Stonehaven travel to Banchory looking for a victory that might haul them out of the bottom 2, but this will require 2nd Knight Riders to beat 2nd AGSFPs at Groats Road.
The Grade 3 title should go the way of Portcullis as they take on winless 2nd Gordonians at Kings. The latter may not have won a game, but they have received plaudits for how they have involved their promising juniors. 2nd Grampian play 2nd Methlick at Sheddocksley and Dunecht will be checking their carbon footprint as they fly out the road to face Crathie at Balmoral.
They will be playing for pride in the SPCU NE Championship as Meigle secured the title last Saturday, but Perth have a chance to stop Meigle finishing with a 100% record at Doocot Park.
chris  Aug 23 2019 - 7:19pm   
Hayden Bradshaw formerly of Methlick CC passed away on Sunday after fighting liver disease for 6 years.  Hayden was a committed and sociable member of the team who will be missed by all who knew him.
chris  Aug 21 2019 - 1:33pm   
The Reid Cup is in the hands of 2nd AGSFPs after a comfortable win over Siyapa on Sunday. Grammar posted a very respectable 136 for 8 from their 20 overs, Chris Clelland top scoring on 23. Roland Knudson produced a man of the match bowling spell of 4 overs, 4 for 6, including a triple wicket maiden, as Siyapa crumbled to 68 all out.
In Grade 1, Bon Accord stay top going in to the last weekend as they disposed of Gordonians at Countesswells. 80 from Rehan Haider and 73 from Presanth Gopinathan helped Bons to 242 for 6. Gordonians gave it a go with 49 from Indy Pandit and a swashbuckling 44 from Chamila Perera, but 3 wickets apiece for Awan and Malik bowled out Gordos for 198.
3 for 17 from Richard Greenfield made a mess of the Crescent top order and Luke Saunders took 4 for 19 to finish off the tail as Ellon bowled Crescent all out for 124. Jeet Singh had scored 30 and Vineet Khanna 27 for Crescent, and they did the damage with the ball as well, taking 2 for 10 and 4 for 27 respectively to scuttle Ellon for 52, Ben Webb the only batsman to score more than 5 as he made a quick 30.
Inverurie had AGSFPs on the ropes at Kelland Park as they reduced them to 73 for 9, but sometimes you just can't beat experience, and an unbeaten 30 from John Thomson and 26 from Chris Clelland took them to 131 for 9. 39 from Trevor Norval was in vain as Prash Poosappadi picked up 5 for 19 to dismiss Inverurie for 110.
Vijay Vijayapur was also in on the 5 for act, as he took 5 for 30 to bowl out Mannofield for 81 at Groats Road. The Knight Riders batsmen overhauled this total in the 28th over for the loss of 3 wickets. Cults picked up an easy 30 points as Stoneywood-Dyce scratched for the 2nd time in a month. 
In Grade 2, 33 was the order of the day for Banchory, dismissed for 133 by Siyapa, with Messrs Nixon, Crawley and Ambrose all in the scorebook on 33. 4 for 24 for Chad Abbot made sure Siyapa had to work for the win, Shahram Memon with 44 top scoring as they scraped home by 2 wickets.
5 for 30 for Prem Ballal saw Grampian dismissed for a lowly 106 by 2nd Knight Riders, but 5 for 15 from Sojan Joseph rescued the position as Grampian sneaked home by 28 runs. 
John Jessiman was amongst the wickets yet again as he took 5 for 50 as Fraserburgh bowled out Super Kings for 169, Chetan Aggarwal making 54.
chris  Aug 21 2019 - 8:12am   
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   
 
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