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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.

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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 www.caledonian.play-cricket.com.
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.

THREE COUNTIES CUP

 
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   

Although a waterlogged pitch put paid to the top of the table encounter between Cults and Kintore, both Ellon and Bon Acccord maintained their pressure on the league leaders, beating St Ronald and Inverurie respectively.

wytbu8  May 28 2006 - 5:52pm   

"On behalf of the Management Committee I would like to apologise for the delay in producing this years handbook. We are doing our best to get it completed and issued but for reasons completely outwith our control (particularly relating to the size of the booklet and the computer format of the content)  there continues to be problems and delays. Whilst we cannot at this stage give any definitive date we believe that these problems have been largely overcome and our hope is that it will be available next week. If  received early in the week copies will be posted to Secretaries.

Ian Stephen

MrPurple  May 25 2006 - 9:40am   
 
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