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This season's intriguing race for the Grade 1 title took another twist at the weekend as Bon Accord disposed of Cults in a match which lasted barely two hours, while current champions Kintore went down to Ellon.

With two of the Grades' top bowling attacks in action, a low scoring game had been expected at the Links, but no one had expected the clatter of wickets as Cults subsided to 41 all out, only opener and captain Dilap Patel, and number 10 batsman Stan Richards achieving double figures, Bon Accord skipper taking six wickets for 18, while at the other end Nawaz Mirza chipped in with three for 22.  Although Amol Saxena struck with three Bon Accord for 15, an undefeated 20 from Mirza saw the home team home in under eight overs, to take them to the top of the table ahead of their Small Clubs Cup Final on Sunday.

wytbu8  Aug 6 2006 - 5:47pm   
This year's Aberdeenshire Cup Final will be a repeat of last season's with holders Kintore edging out Cults by 2 runs at Castle Park, while Small Clubs Cup finalists Bon Accord had the better of a low-scoring game against Inverurie at the Links.

In the Bon Accord Cup 2nd Cults beat Stoneywood-Dyce at Peoples Park for the right to face Mannofield - a reprise of that of the last two seasons, with each side having won once.

MrPurple  Jul 31 2006 - 10:06am   

Cults strengthened their chances of regaining the Grade 1 title from current holders Kintore following the league meeting between the two sides on Saturday at Castle Park, skipper Patel leading the visitors to victory with a knock of 95. Bon Accord meanwhile comfortably won their league encounter with Inverurie at the Links to remain in second place.

MrPurple  Jul 30 2006 - 8:36pm   

Tickets have now been circulated to all clubs in respect of the Grades Mega raffle run in conjunction with Euroland Properties, our sponsor for the Aberdeenshire Cup and the Grades Dinner on 3 November 2006, at which the draw will take place.

This is a raffle with a difference however in that whilst it will benefit the Grades it could also financially benefit every club in the grades.

MrPurple  Jul 25 2006 - 9:41am   
This season's race for the Grade 1 title took another twist at the weekend, as current champions and league leaders Kintore went down to defeat by Banchory, allowing Cults to move back to the top of the table following their defeat of Queens Cross.  Bon Accord also maintained their challenge, disposing of Grammar FPs at Rubislaw, but Ellon's already slim chances of the title disappeared almost completely following another coupon-busting victory by Stonehaven.  With Inverurie completing the double over St Ronald, the battle to decide who goes down with the King's College-based side looks to continue for a few weeks yet.

Nor is who will replace them any clearer; for while Mannofield beat Academy, previous leaders Artisans went down to a nine-wicket defeat by Kemnay, for who Steve Barron recorded a second successive century.  A undefeated 103 for Jeremy Skedge for Crescent meanwhile left Dunecht still perilously placed at the foot of Grade 2, where only another scratching by Stoneywood-Dyce may help to save them.

wytbu8  Jul 23 2006 - 7:02pm   

Cricket in Duthie ParkTwo public meetings on the council's proposed improvements to Duthie Park were held yesterday. Jeremy Skedge (Crescent) attended the second one and put forward the case for cricket continuing in Duthie Park. He made people aware of how much cricket is played and how essential use of the Duthie Park pitches is for the health of cricket in and around Aberdeen, and was heartened to receive considerable support from non-cricketers, including women and OAPs, who felt it would be a shame to lose cricket from the park.

MrPurple  Jul 20 2006 - 1:11pm   
20/20 Cup Fixture is Now Available

wytbu8  Jul 19 2006 - 2:00pm   

The Council is asking members of the public for their opinion on the future of Duthie Park, and have published their masterplan to illustrate their vision.

Extensive work is planned to restore the ponds, fountains and rose garden to their original Victorian splendour. Ironically they are also planning to ban cricket - one of the original reasons for the park's existance - from the park as part of their policy of moving sport away from public parks and into dedicated facilities. Also included in the plans are a new visitor centre for the Winter Gardens with a restaurant, gift shop, classroom and function room a new multi-games area with areas for tennis and five-a-side football and restoration of the bowling green.

Special exhibitions are now open at Ferryhill Library, Aberdeen Central Library and the entrance of the David Welch Winter Gardens in the park itself, to allow visitors to look at possible plans for its future development. There will also be two public meetings will be held at Ferryhill Church on Wednesday, July 19 (tommorrow) – the first from 2-4pm and the second from 7-9pm.

The public consultation exercise runs until August 25, and people are being asked to fill in and return a questionnaire, which specifically includes a question about whether or not cricket should be allowed to continue in Duthie Park. They have also joined GreenSTAT, which is an online system that gives local residents the opportunity to comment on the quality of their open spaces and how well they feel they are being managed and maintained.


Aberdeen City Consultation

Press & Journal story



MrPurple  Jul 18 2006 - 9:51am   

Although Inverurie's defeat of Ellon has probably ended the Gordon Park side's outside chances of this year's Grade 1 title, the other top three sides had little difficulty in taking full points against lower-placed opponents in the latest round of games.

MrPurple  Jul 16 2006 - 7:52pm   

Following some delay, the Council have at last come back to me with clarification regarding the fees payable for town pitches. Seemingly, Duthie Park and the Links have in fact so far this season being levying last year's fees; but from July 17th this will be rectified making the charges across the board as follows:

wytbu8  Jul 14 2006 - 9:11pm   

Culter Curry Bon Accord 321-8 (Shaffique 100, F. Awan 72; E. Walls 3-16, J. Corsey 2-4).

Buckie 130-6 (32 overs) (T. Shakeel 51, J. Corsey 20; F. Awan 2-13).

Bon Accord win on faster scoring rate

wytbu8  Jul 9 2006 - 10:01pm   
Saturday's clash of the titans involving the top four sides in Grade 1 finished surprisingly tamely as Kintore crushed Ellon by 10 wickets to move to the top of the table, while previous leaders Bon Accord produced their poorest performance since the opening weekend of the season to go down to a 70-run defeat by Cults in a low scoring game at the Allan Park.

Two high-class bowling attacks were on top throughout the game at Cults, as only a late recovery spearheaded by Amol Saxena enabled the home side to recover from 72 for 6 to post a 3-figure total.  However, with new opening bowler Tatsat again in impressive form, Bon Accord were rapidly reduced to 7 for 3 with their prolific opener Awan falling for just 3; and although Nawaz Mirza hit out boldly, no one else scored double figures, and once he was caught by Pandit off Saxena the game was effectively decided, Saxena finishing with 5 wickets, and Arun mopping up the tail, taking the final two wickets with successive balls to leave himself on a hatttrick for next week.

wytbu8  Jul 9 2006 - 6:01pm   

The Big Activities Summer 2006 programme offers a wide range of free activities for 5-16 year olds attending Aberdeen City based schools and primary schools which feed into city academies.

CRICKET (22 places per camp per age group) (Outdoor Activity)

Three, two day coaching camps based at either Aberdeenshire Cricket Club (Mannofield) or the Links cricket pitches (adjacent to the Lynx Ice Arena). The camps are split into two age groups, 8 – 10’s or 11 – 16’s with coaching being led by specialist cricket coaches with participants being introduced to the necessary skills to proceed onto “club cricket” at local clubs.

17th & 18th July Aberdeenshire Cricket Club
24th & 25th July Links Cricket Pitches
14th & 15th August Aberdeenshire Cricket Club

Session Times 0900 – 1100 (8 – 10’s) and 1100 – 1300 (11 – 16’s)

For further sports enquiries, email them or visit the Sports and Recreation Home page.


MrPurple  Jul 4 2006 - 1:32pm   

The fascinating battle for this year's Grade 1 title took another unexpected turn at the weekend, as leaders Ellon lost out by 2 runs against Queens Cross at the Gordon Park, Rory Taylor taking six wickets and top-scoring with 38, to give the Harlaw side their fourth successive win.

MrPurple  Jul 2 2006 - 6:38pm   

MoonWe have received from Aberdeen City Council a request that players in games at Sheddocksley exercise appropriate discretion about, and desirably avoid, changing in the open air, as there have been a number of complaints from local residents in this regard. 

When this issue was raised at the most recent Cricket Users Meeting it was pointed out to the council that this is difficult to eliminate for as long as it is an unmanned site after 5.00pm. Nonetheless, if people could either change in their cars or behind appropriate shelter it would be appreciated.

MrPurple  Jun 30 2006 - 8:19pm   

Bon Accord

Bon Accord were crowned as seven-times winners of the Press & Journal Trophy, as the rain finally relented to allow the final stages of this year's Thistle Sports Sevens to be played out at the Duthie Park last night.

From the moment they hit 38 off their opening over, the result of their Final against Cults A, who had earlier disposed of a strong Mannofield Seven, was never in serious doubt; and though the Allan Park side started well enough, some outstanding catches in the deep, and a sequence of run outs left Cults 44 runs short at the death.

In the final of the Duncan Cup, Kintore easily managed to overhaul Queens Cross's modest total of 48, after the Harlaw side had earlier convincingly defeated Cults' second string, to take them through to their first Sevens' final.

For his allround contribution Nawaz Mirza was once again named as man of the match in the Press & Journal Trophy final.

MrPurple  Jun 26 2006 - 10:48pm   

Kintore MTM 192-8 (D. Grayson 75, F. Summers 46; K. Crichton 4-39).

Freuchie 193-3 (A. Wallace 59no, S. Gourlay 45).

MrPurple  Jun 25 2006 - 8:40pm   

Not for the first time it was the players of the lower divisions who kept the flag of Grades Cricket flying, as persistent stormy showers meant that only one game was completed in the top two leagues.

MrPurple  Jun 25 2006 - 8:21pm   

The final rounds of the Thistle Sports Sevens have now been re-scheduled for Monday evening, June 26th, at 6.30pm.

MrPurple  Jun 23 2006 - 2:27pm   

Following last night's rain, the remaining Duncan Cup semi final and final games have been rescheduled to Thursday June 22 - semi-final at 6.30 (DP3), Final at 1945 (DP2).

The final stages of the P & J Trophy will also take place as scheduled that night - semi-finals at 6.30 (DP1 and DP2), final at 1945 (DP1).

See the fixtures list for full details.

MrPurple  Jun 20 2006 - 1:47pm   

Persistent drizzle and bad light brought a premature end to the final stages of the Duncan Cup at the Duthie Park last night.

With Ellon having now scratched from the competition, provided that the three remaining teams and a third pitch at the Park are all available, then an effort will be made to re-schedule the two outstanding games to this Thursday, concurrently with the final stages of the Press & Journal Trophy.  If that is not possible,  then they will be played off next Monday.

Clubs will be advised of the agreed revised arrangements not later than mid-afternoon on Tuesday.

Meantime the final stages of the Press & Journal Trophy will go ahead as planned on Thursday, with holders Bon Accord taking on St Ronald in one semi-final, and Mannofield playing Cults A in the other.

MrPurple  Jun 19 2006 - 9:52pm   
Culter Curry Bon Accord 313-9 (F. Awan 175, A. Win 49; A. Saxena 2-48, D. Patel 3-78). Cults AC&Co 64 (B. Alexander 29no, G.Milne 9; T. Malik 4-32 inc. hattrick, R. Greenfield 2-3). At Links.
Kintore MTM 128 (C. Laird 34, F. Summers 26; J. Torrance 3-10, P. Rourke 2-17). Dollar 131-5 (P. Garton 54, R. Anders 31; R. Balsillie 3-21). At Kintore.
MrPurple  Jun 18 2006 - 8:58pm   

Although rain meant that only two games were completed in the Aberdeen Grades on Saturday, the one match played out in Grade 1 proved to be extremely significant, Stonehaven unexpectedly inflicting a second successive defeat on Cults, to push the Allan Park for the time being off the top of the Grade 1 into fourth place below Ellon, Bon Accord and Kintore, all of whose games were washed out.

MrPurple  Jun 18 2006 - 2:49pm   

A hitherto placid tournament ended in an atmosphere of high controversy  last night, as needing six from the last ball to force their tie against Cults into an extra over, Ellon's hit was declared to have landed inches within the boundary line, putting the Allan Park side through to a semi-final of the Press & Journal against Mannofield, and relegating Ellon to the Duncan Cup playoffs next Monday against Kintore.  With emotions running high, it  looked for a moment as though players would need to be physically separated,  before both teams eventually left the field, with Ellon still indicating the possibility of putting in a formal protest to the Grades' Management Committee,  and feelings still too inflamed to enable the probable common sense solution of playing an extra over, if necessary under protest, and deciding any  subsequent protest when tempers had cooled.

MrPurple  Jun 12 2006 - 10:52pm   

Any hopes Cults had of going through another season unbeaten were firmly knocked on the head as they went down to a 119 run defeat against Ellon at the Gordon Park on Saturday.

One again it was Jonathan Barrett and Cobus Huiseman who led the way, Barrett top-scoring with 69 and taking four wickets, while Huiseman  also recorded a half-century and took three wickets, to give the home side sweet revenge for their defeat in the opening round of the Aberdeenshire Cup a fortnight ago.  The teams meet again to decide semi-final placings in the Thistle Sports Sevens on Monday evening.

Cults' defeat, though leaving them still at the top of the table, re-ignites the title hopes not only of Ellon, but also of Bon Accord and Kintore, who had no problems  in disposing of St Ronald and Grammar FPs respectively.  Queens Cross meanwhile made it three wins in a row, beating Banchory to move above Stonehaven, who lost to Inverurie at Mineralwell Park.

With Academy held to a draw by Gordonians, Mannofield strengthened their position at the top of Grade 2 beating 2nd Cults at the Allan Park, while Steve Dickie and Roy Ritchie put on 120 for the first wicket to steer Artisans to a victory over Dunecht.  Anchorians and Crescent drew, ahead of their cup quarter-final on Sunday.

In Grade 3 Methlick, with another century from Mark Woodhouse, and Portcullis both won to remain in the upper half of the table, but Fraserburgh lost to Crathie.  There was also another century for A McGeorge as Caledonian continued their recent run of form, but were held to a draw by Grammar FPs at Sheddocksley.

MrPurple  Jun 12 2006 - 1:00am   

Mannofield claimed the first semi-final spot in the Press & Journal Trophy, while Kintore will play for the Duncan Cup, following last night's round of games at the Duthie Park.  Their opponents will be Cults A and Ellon; but who plays whom will depend on the result of next Monday's final game in Group D.

The fact that both qualifiers from Group C are already known follows the withdrawal from the Competition of Grammar FPs, and the decision of Mannofield and Kintore to bring forward their Group decider from next Monday, once both had beaten Dunecht in time (just) to allow a third game to be completed in the gathering gloom.

Mannofield, who had the advantage of batting first, put in a sound all-round batting performance to post a challenging total of 88 for four, Association joint web master Tariq Butt top scoring with 41; but despite an undefeated 42 from Colin Laird Kintore fell increasingly behind the clock as they tried to blast their way to victory.

In Group D both Cults and Ellon carried too much firepower for Methlick, to set up a Group title decider next week with Cobus Huiseman of Ellon compiling the evening's highest score as he and Jonathan Barrett combined in a 125-run partnership, before Huiseman was dismissed off the final ball of Ellon's innings.


wytbu8  Jun 9 2006 - 8:41am   

Bon Accord's pre-eminence at the short form of the game was again demonstrated as they won both their opening games in this year's Thistle Sports cricket sevens at the Duthie Park.

In the opening game of their cup defence it was an undefeated half-century from Fazal Awan that effectively batted Banchory out of the game, before in their second match skipper Malik took a hattrick to rip out the heart of the Queens Cross batting with the last three balls of his over, having the previous ball also run out one of the Harlaw side's openers.

In the evening's remaining games, Banchory bounced back to inflict a second defeat of the evening on Academy; while with Alex Keith going cheaply St Ronald lost to Stonehaven, before they in turn were beaten by Cults B.

See the results section for the full scores. The remaining fixtures are shown here.


MrPurple  Jun 5 2006 - 9:46pm   

A suprise one-run defeat of Kintore by Stonehaven, and draw between Bon Accord and Ellon at the Gordon Park, saw Cults strengthen their grip on the Grade 1 title race on Saturday.

MrPurple  Jun 4 2006 - 4:49pm   
Caledonian - one of the very oldest clubs in the grades - has moved into the 21st century and set up their own web presence on the ECB Play-Cricket website. All the usual features are there, including contacts, fixtures, results and match reports. Go to
MrPurple  Jun 2 2006 - 9:27am   

The Grades Select's hopes of repeating last year's run to the final in the Strathmore Cricket Union Three Counties Cup came to an abrupt end as, after two postponements, they were beaten by Huntly in a low-scoring First Round encounter at Castle Park.

Having won the toss, Huntly batted first, but could amass only 74, A Ali top-scoring with 21, with Alex Keith being the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of three for 14, as the wickets were shared around.

Huntly's modest total however was to prove two much for the Select, who crashed to 62 all out, Bon Accord's A. Win top scoring with 20, and Neil Nicol and W Botha each picking up three wickets.

Huntly go forward to meet Mannofield in the next round, while the Select will have to await this season's Twenty20 competition for their next action.


Huntly 74 (A. Ali 21; A. Keith 3-14, T. Malik 2-12, S. Whyte 2-20, N. Mirza 2-22). Thistle Sports Grades Select 62 (A. Win 20; N. Nicol 3-10, W. Botha 3-15). At Huntly.
MrPurple  Jun 2 2006 - 9:24am   
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