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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   
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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.

Links;

Aberdeen City Consultation

Press & Journal story

Questionaire 

GreenSTAT 

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   
 
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