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In a weekend of quality cricket in the Grades, it is hard to know where to begin for fear of overlooking one of the games, competitions, or notable individual performances.
So, at the risk of offending, let me say my moment of the weekend was on Sunday at Mannofield when an enthusiastic gathering from Fraserburgh hailed their teams emphatic win in the final of the Bon Accord Cup. Liam Bowie, the Broch captain was in best traditions of North-East understatement, underwhelmed by the occasion, but said “This is a great club. I am proud to be their captain.” Indeed, sir, it was a marvellous day for us all to witness a travelling support at any cricket game. I look forward to the day when every team has such appreciative fans. The 42 run win at the expense of Gordonians was achieved on the back of team effort, self-belief and a will to win, sadly not evident in the Countesswells team.

wytbu8  Aug 19 2018 - 11:25pm   
wytbu8  Aug 19 2018 - 10:00pm   

Cricketers and supporters of Grades 2 and 3 will be making their collective ways to Mannofield on Sunday for the finals of the Reid and Bon Accord Cups on what is sure to be a great advert for the clubs in the so called lesser divisions of Grades cricket.

First up will be the T/20 final between Banchory and Portcullis who ironically will have met on Grade 3 business the previous day, giving supporters of the two sides, a fair idea of form in the Reid Cup, although league and cup performances can be radically different.

Players to watch in the Burnett Park side will be century maker Josh Crawley and middle order batsman, the reliable Carl Counsell, while Chad Abbott will be attempting to weave his bowling magic.

Portcullis are likely to be best served by Shovon Mostofa who will be looking to mesmerise the Banchory batsmen. Bob Adie who has hit form at just the right time will relish the flat, firm Mannofield track, as he will for this eagerly awaited final which gets under way 12 noon.

At 3:15pm, the Grade 2 boys take to the arena for the final of the Bon Accord Cup and will be represented by Gordonians and Fraserburgh who will put aside their respective bids to gain promotion to the top flight of the Grades game. This clash is also an abbreviated version. Gordonians have class in abundance, having enjoyed a good season in the Strathie, while in addition to pushing for a place in Grade 1, they have a junior section to die for including their Under 13 side who recently won the Scottish Cup in Edinburgh, making for a great future in prospect for the ambitious Countesswells outfit. They are likely to be best served by all rounders Indy Pandit and Chamila Perera, although there are others who are more than capable of shining on the big occasion. Their worthy opponents, Fraserburgh will bring not only a quality offering to the afternoon, but their well known sense of fair play, inspired by their ultra friendly captain Liam Bowie who could also be among the runs. Prolific scorers for the Broch Fraser Lawrance and Benjamin O'Neill are also tipped to be among the top scorers, but my day would be made if Leanne Broadley were to force her way into the side, giving the women's game a huge boost in the area. But most of all I hope it is a day to remember for players and spectators alike.

wytbu8  Aug 14 2018 - 3:18pm   

Bon Accord closed in on the Grade 1 title on a near unplayable wicket at the Links where visitors Inverurie did well to score 96 on a track that the Bon Accord vice-captain Andy Win described as ''difficult and dangerous.'' ''By the end of the afternoon there were a number of badly bruised players on both sides,'' said Win who coped better than most, calmly stroking his way to 42 as his side successfully hunted down the total set by Inverurie for the loss of six wickets, eventually getting out to the Kellands Park stand out Scott White who took four for 27, and scored 26 when he opened the innings. Knight Riders kept their title hopes alive at Groats Road where they effectively took the defending champions AGSFPs out of contention, bowling them out for 102 after setting them a target of 163. Vijay Amirtharaj starred for the home side, claiming five wickets for 20 as his side cruised to victory in 33.1 overs. The title race in the top flight could now go to the last Saturday of the league season, especially if the in form Crescent can put one over on Bon Accord this week. In the relegation battle at the Allan Park, Cults captain Geet Grover hit an unbeaten 98, enabling the home side to overhaul the 178 all out by Academy, while fellow strugglers Grampian were also well beaten by Crescent who hunted down the 179 set to them for the loss of only four wickets.
In Grade 2, Siyapa shocked promotion seeking Fraserburgh, bowling them out for only 115 after setting them a total of 252 all out. Tanweer Khan took five for 32 for the Duthie Park side. Gordonians took full advantage of the situation, climbing back into second place after beating Methlick by at Countesswells, chasing down the 192 for eight set by the visitors for whom Alan Robson hit a sparkling 110, for the loss of six wickets. Aberdeen Super Kings continued their winning run at Stonehaven where they were comfortable seven wicket winners, helping ease their relegation fears, knocking off the required 169 in only 30 overs, a first class knock of 46 from Mausam Thapa greatly helping their cause. Ashfaq Bashir was equally impressive, racking up 41.
In Grade 3, leaders Banchory beat Crathie by 85 runs, while Dunecht promotion hopes were dealt a blow by 2nd Grampian who won by 78 runs at the Cowdray Park.
The stage is now set for an exciting last two weeks of the season in all three Grades, plus the cut and thrust of three cup finals to come, not to mention a celebration of the game at Mannofield on Sunday 2nd September. I am happy and privileged to say I shall be present on all three Sundays
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Aug 12 2018 - 2:36pm   

Fraserburgh CC are looking for 3 more cricketers to participate in their annual 7s tournament. It’s a sociable, friendly affair with a BBQ, raffles and trophy for the winning team. We have 3 teams confirmed and 4 more players which we’re hoping will make up a 4th team with a little help. This will give each team at least 3 matches. If there is anyone keen for some cricket on Sunday we’ll take players confirming on a first come first served basis. Please contact Michael Watson from Fraserburgh CC on 07725208514 for more details

wytbu8  Aug 10 2018 - 10:49pm   

This is very much a participation event – there will be no winners. It is aimed at primary school aged girls by we have made it u14 so older new players (not hardball) can play as well. Hope this makes sense. Just get in touch is anything is unclear.
All players will receive this year’s Wildcats poster and will be able to meet the players that will be playing in the regional match straight after for autographs and a chat/selfie.Many thanks,
Nicola Wilson
Female Participation Manager
07891 408915
National Cricket Academy, Ravelston, Edinburgh EH4 3NT

wytbu8  Aug 9 2018 - 7:32pm   

Further to previous postings, a reference to the Competitions Sub-Committee and consideration by that Committee of associated protests, along with consideration by the Management Committee of an Appeal, and request for establishment of an investigation under Rule 6 c, have now been concluded.  All parties have been informed of the outcome.

The Management Committee is clear that neither it nor the Competitions Sub-Committee has power to amend decisions taken during a match under the Law of Cricket.  This includes Law 16, which deals with the determination of a Result, based on events during the game.   Law 16.10, and the commentary on it in “Cricket Umpiring and Scoring”, makes explicit,  that while the Association has the power to void or award a fixture, or to adjust the award of points for its own competitions, if a process of protest or investigation establishes a breach of Association Rules – such as fielding an ineligible player [Rules 11 to 14], or failing to play according to the Laws of Cricket [Rule 17 m] – a formal result as determined by the application of Law 16 [in this case Law 16.3] cannot be changed.

Having heard evidence from both clubs, the Competitions Sub-Committee determined that Ellon had failed to establish reasonable grounds for not playing out the fixture.  It accordingly dismissed Ellon’s protests and awarded the game to Siyapa under Association Rule 16; but also decided that in the particular circumstances of this case, Ellon should retain the 16 bonus points to which they would normally be entitled as a losing team under Association Rule 17 (b).

Siyapa’s appeal against the latter decision was dismissed.  The Management Committee concluded that there was no evidence of bias or procedural irregularity in the Sub-Committee’s process.  Its decision was neither illegal nor sufficiently perverse to be defined as unreasonable.  The Management Committee accordingly decided that there were no grounds to uphold the appeal.  The Committee also ruled that for legal reasons associated with data protection it could not admit video evidence obtained without explicit consent.

wytbu8  Aug 9 2018 - 6:37pm   

Banchory took pride of place in another weekend of first class cricket in the Grades, for despite the non-fulfilment of fixtures in Grade 3, the Burnett Park soldiered on putting the difficult recent years behind them to land the league title. Appropriately, Banchory sealed the victory with a win at the expense of Dunecht, their nearest rivals, turning some quality performances in the process, including two fine bowling performances from Dean and Chad Abbott who turned in the figures of four for 27 and three for 29 as they bowled out the visitors for 110. The home reply was led by Carl Counsell who stroked his way to splendid 59, enabling his side to land the spoils. In the same division, the clash between Portcullis and 2nd Methlick turned out to be one to remember for Bob Adie who top scored with 25 for the home side, hitting his career best for the club. Quite a feat for the popular 69 year old, and greatly appreciated by all his team mates. For the winners, the indefatigable Aussie Deni Sarafimoski kept his scoring run up, easing to a stubborn 18, as befitting a batsman who had played at a higher level for the Methlick first team two weeks ago.

In the meantime, the so called super stars of Grade 1 were slugging it out, or not in the case of league leaders Bon Accord who were conceded 30 points by relegation haunted Academy, while probably sealing their own fate, and helping Bon Accord to move within touching distance of the title. The surprise defeat of Knight Riders at Kellands Park, effectively reducing the chase to a two horse race between the Links side and the defending champions AGSFPs. Inverurie made 184 for seven before bowling out the Groats Road side out for 144. AGSFPs were made to work for their win at Rubislaw where they were set a challenging 167 for seven, but scraped home with two wickets in hand thanks to a sound knock of 43 from the reliable Eddie Steinson. For the visitors veteran Michael Louw also scored a responsible 43. Crescent also made their presence felt in the defeat of Cults who despite the reverse, look to be safe from relegation, given the plight of Academy and Grampian. An impressive 226 for eight wickets of which Umair Mughal scored 87 and with captain Nathan Thangaraj adding 51, it proved too much for the Allan Park side who were bowled out for 137. Mannofield's 75 run win against Grampian ensures they will enjoy top flight cricket next season.

wytbu8  Aug 5 2018 - 10:25pm   
wytbu8  Aug 1 2018 - 7:45am   

The rain which so abruptly, and unkindly swept in at the weekend, wiping out the entire cricket programme, was a shock to the system, especially after 11 weeks of near perfect weather, and the best in living memory for most. The break did, however, give me the opportunity to reflect on the state of the game in the area, for despite some hiccups, and there have been one or two, I believe we are enjoying a good competitive season once the thorny issue of non-fulfilment of fixtures in Grade 3 is resolved, the way will be clear to look to the future. My impression is that the will is there, and once clubs have had time to weigh up the situation over the autumn and winter, we shall have a clearer view of who is able to continue in this most competitive and friendly of structures. The matter of indiscipline, is a different matter, although again it's my view that given strong, purposeful leadership in each and every club, the problem can be eradicated. From where I sit in the cheap seats, allocated to the local press, I see good, decent and even forward thinking captains, well capable of delivering a quality game in the best interests of the game, but only if they can be convinced of the fact that it is their responsibility. Leaving it to the ACA Grades management committee is not an option. So, all in all, I am generally happy with the progress this most admirable of 134 year old organisations has made. But just in case you are thinking, I am all talk and no action, I would politely remind you that I have my own mission within the system, which is to promote the development of juniors in the game. Bearing that in mind, can I remind you that your entries for my junior of the year award are due to be with me by September 28th in order that I can process the final eight competitors who will be my guests at the ACA Annual Grades Dinner on Friday 9th November when the overall winner will be announced. All that clubs have to do is let me have their nomination, age of the candidate, and a short profile of their achievements over the season. Entries to be with me at by Friday September 28th.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 30 2018 - 11:28am   
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