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An emphatic ten-wicket win over Grammar FPs at Rubislaw saw Cults move to clear first position at the top of Grade 1, as Ellon, despite home advantage, dropped points against draw specialists Inverurie.
MrPurple May 21 2006 - 7:36pm
Aberdeen City Council reiterated that they remain committed to the removal of sports from public parks as a long-term aim, but that cricket would continue to be played in Duthie Park for "the foreseeable future" as their current strategy is focussed "almost entirely on football" and that funding simply does not yet exist to replace the minimum 7 squares.
MrPurple May 19 2006 - 2:17pm
There will be a Cricket Users Group meeting at the Westburn Tennis Centre this Thursday (18th May), starting at 7pm. All clubs that use municipal pitches are urged to send a representative so we can give the council a clear understanding of our opinions on the current and future provision of cricket facilities in Aberdeen.
MrPurple May 15 2006 - 1:44pm
Despite a late morning downpour putting paid to any cricket at the Duthie Park, there was a virtually full set of game elsewhere in the Grades at the weekend.
At the top of Grade 1 Cults and Ellon continue to set the pace, with Cults comfortably beating St Ronald, while Ellon ran up 274 for the loss of just two wickets to crush Queens Cross at Harlaw, Jonathan Barret finishing undefeated on 86, and Cobus Huiseman scoring 80.
Elsewhere Stonehaven recorded their opening win of the season, seeing off the challenge of Grammar FPs at Mineralwell Park, and Bon Accord overcame Banchory at the Links, Fazal Awan again top-scoring with 68. Last season's champions Kintore however again had to settle for a draw in a tightly-fought but low-scoring game against local rivals Inverurie at Kellands Park.
In Grade 2, Kemnay's fine start to the season hit the buffers against a strong Mannofield side, while Dunecht beat Anchorians in a low-scoring game, despite Chris Forbes returning the fine figures of four wickets for as many runs off his permitted 12 overs.
In Grade 3 Portcullis went down to defeat at Fraserburgh, for whom Mark Oldham was just unable to reach his century, finishing undefeated on 96; while 2nd Grammar FPs lost to Methlick at Rubislaw, and 2nd Ellon lost a tight game, which went to the last over, against 2nd Queens Cross.
MrPurple May 14 2006 - 10:55pm
Scotland will be playing at Mannofield this week. They're playing against Namibia in the Intercontinental Cup from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th May.
MrPurple May 7 2006 - 8:03pm
Although only two weeks of the season have been completed, the Grade 1 table is already beginning to assume a familiar shape.
Joint leaders, with a maximum 60 points from their opening games, are Cults, who on Saturday comfortably beat promoted Inverurie, and Ellon who followed up their opening weekend defeat of Stonehaven by beating Banchory at the Gordon Park.
Close behind meanwhile follow Bon Accord, who bounced back from their opening weekend defeat by Grammar FPs to make it another weekend of misery for Stonehaven, who have yet to get past the 100-run mark. A stubborn half-century from Alastair Mudie meanwhile enabled nine-man St Ronald to cling on for a 51-over draw against Grammar at Rubislaw.
In Grade 2, the two demoted sides continue to have full points, Kemnay inflicting a second defeat on Dunecht, while Academy were gifted a walkover against Stoneywood-Dyce. After their opening weekend win, Crescent lost out to Mannofield at the Duthie Park, while at the same venue 45 from club secretary Roy Ritchie was not enough to enable Artisans to overcome Anchorians. Knocks of 60 from Gavin McIntyre and undefeated 40 from Simon Devlin steered Gordonians home against 2nd Cults at Countesswells.
Individual performance of the day was a maiden century and four wickets from 16-year old Alex Starling of 2nd Banchory, which however was not enough to stave off defeat by 2nd Ellon for whom Jamie Hoare top-scored with 84. Portcullis's A Prentice made it two half-centuries in two games, as the former Customs & Excise team crushed 2nd Grammar by ten wickets; while elsewhere Caledonian recorded their first win since securing promotion from Grade 4, beating Fraserburgh by 7 runs, and Methlick & Crathie played out a draw at Lairds.
In the opening round of matches in Grade 4 relegated Turriff overcame 2nd Stonehaven in a low-scoring match at Marywell Park, while 2nd Methlick and 2nd Mannofield won the first two group games in the Johnston Cup.
MrPurple May 7 2006 - 7:46pm
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