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Ian Stephen (ACA Treasurer) would like to thank all clubs that have paid their Annual subscriptions and reminds others that they require to be paid in full by 1st July 2018. He would also request that the invoices that have been sent to clubs for pitch hires are paid timorously as invoices are now being received from Aberdeen City council, Sport Aberdeen and Aberdeen University.
Your cooperation of prompt payment would be very much appreciated.

wytbu8  Jul 4 2018 - 11:55am   

There were no major shocks in the race for the Grade 1 title after the leading four sides all eased to wins, although Inverurie might have expected a tougher test away to Crescent who were all out for 94. George Hadden was the man of the day for the visitors, taking six for 17 and then going on to top score with 21 as Inverurie crept to a four wicket win. Leaders and defending champions AGSFPs were convincing nine wicket winners away to Mannofield after bowling the home side out for 177. Alex Keith then decimated the Mannofield attack with a thunderous unbeaten 112. Bon Accord were almost as convincing in their seven wicket demolition of Stoneywood-Dyce at the Peoples Park, bowling them out 143 and then racing to victory with seven wickets in hand. Akhlaq Bashir top scored for Bon Accord with a brutal, but polished 68 not out. Knight Riders bowled Cults out for 118 at Groats Road, thanks to some inspired bowling from Sivaganesan Palaniappan (four for13) and captain Somu Kumarasamy (three for 23), but then lost five wickets in hunting down victory.
In Grade 2, leaders Ellon Gordon maintained their 100% record, beating 2nd Knight Riders by 155 runs. Captain Ben Webb top scored with 109 in the home total of 241 all out. The visitors then crashed to 86 all out. In the same division Fraserburgh kept up their promotion drive with a seven wicket win away to Aberdeen Super Kings, bowling them out for 211. Liam Bowie led the chase, scoring a fine 95 not out.
In the only game to go ahead in Grade 3, Dunecht beat Crathie by 82 runs after bowling their Aberdeenshire rivals out for 115 when chasing 197.
By Jack Nixon
Sunday saw the quarter-finals of the Bon Accord Cup with Ellon Gordon (184-7) sending Gordonians (188-3) through to the semi-finals despite half centuries from Ben Webb and Stuart Davies as Gordonians eased to victory with a half century from Chamila Perera ably supported by Scott Rowell. The Siyapa total (170-4) aided with a fine 82 by captain Mohammad Shahid was too much for the Methlick (141-6) side to chase down leaving Siyapa to entertain Gordonians in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, the 2nd AGSFPs (117-8) battle against 2nd Knight Riders (121-2) was a comfortable affair for 2nd Knight Riders as an unbeaten 75 by Sivaganesan Palaniappan helped his side to victory.
Fraserburgh had the easiest ride of all to the semi-finals as Stonehaven were unable to raise a team, which now leaves Fraserburgh taking on 2nd Knight Riders at home. All the Bon Accord Cup Semi-finals are scheduled to be played on Sunday 22nd July 2018. 

wytbu8  Jul 2 2018 - 12:33am   


The disciplinary findings so far and future ones are now published on the left-hand side of this ACA Web Site under [Contents] [Disciplinary] or by clicking here

wytbu8  Jun 24 2018 - 10:55pm   

As we reach the half-way mark of the season. The top of the table clash in Grade 1 was convincingly won by Bon Accord, this despite Knight Riders posting an impressive 205 for the loss of eight wickets, which proved not to be enough as the Bon Accord third wicket pair of Andy Win and Reman Haider put on 160 to crush the hopes of the Groats Road side. ''This was a great game of cricket, but the difference was in Andy's unbeaten 84, and Reman's 66 not out. If we beat Crescent tomorrow, we'll be hard to catch,'' said Tauqeer Malik, the Bon Accord captain. In the event Malik's faith in his side was unjustified, as his understrength side were bowled out by Crescent on Sunday, scuttled by Taimur Suri who claimed six wickets at the Links, as Bon Accord slid to 106 all out in just 24 overs of the scheduled 45. The visitors dragged themselves back into the title race, easing past the home total with five wickets in hand ably led by an unbeaten 65 from skipper Nathan Thangaraj compensating Crescent for their heavy defeat at Rubislaw the previous day where AGSFPs, the defending champions destroyed Crescent, racking up 307 for five with Karan Anand (103 not out) and Eddie Steinson (76) leading the way before the Rubislaw side bowled Crescent out for 127. Inverurie kept up their title charge after a poor start to the season, dismissing Grampian for 78 with Paul Cook grabbing the headlines, taking four for 15. A total the Kellands Park side passed for the loss of only three wickets.
Stoneywood-Dyce made it two league wins in a row, bowling Academy out for 77 when chasing 180. Left handed seam bowler Jon Grant, claiming six for 17. In a high scoring game at Allan Park, Cults ran up a solid 279 for five of which Geet Grover hit an unbeaten 152, only to be overhauled by the Mannofield side whose match winners were Callum Martin (111) and Rahul Chandu (108 not out).
In Grade 2, Ellon Gordon made all the running away to Gordonians, putting them out for 155 and then going on to rattle off the required runs with seven wickets in hand. In the same division Fraserburgh's Fraser Lawrance hit a fine 106 in his side's 125 win against Stonehaven, while Alan Rennie was in among the wickets for the Brochers, taking six for 20, pushing his side in contention for promotion, just behind Gordonians
Banchory's 100% record is still intact in Grade 3 after a close run affair. Batting first the Burnett Park side scored 166 but were pushed all the way by 2nd Methlick who ended up on 148 for eight at the Lairds ground.
By Jack Nixon
Sunday also saw the quarter-final of the Reid Cup with Portcullis easily chasing down a low scoring 63 by 2nd Methlick, the only other match scheduled was scratched with Turriff unable to raise a team against 3rd AGSFPs. Portcullis and 3rd AGSFPs will now meet the winners of 2nd Stonehaven v 2nd Grampian and Crathie v Banchory respectively which has been re scheduled due to ground unavailability for the Reserve dates of Sunday 15th July and with the semi-finals scheduled for the Sunday 29th July.

wytbu8  Jun 24 2018 - 9:00pm   

The weather was perfect, the organisation was spot on, and the participants were wildly enthusiastic, making for a great day of cricket at the Gordon Park on Monday 18th June 2018. Thanks to the meticulous planning of Ellon Gordon’s junior convener Ian Duncan, ably supported by Cricket Scotland’s participation manager Neil Cameron, and six dedicated volunteers, over 50 primary school children from the Ellon area were able to enjoy a morning of cricket. For most of the youngsters it was the first time the pupils from four primary schools in the Ellon catchment area had played Quick Cricket, and I suspect not for the last time, if the reaction afterwards was any indication of the pleasure they had over the session. Ian Duncan was certainly pleased with the morning’s activity and said “It looks like our attempts to promote the game is paying off, and hopefully we will have young cricketers coming forward to play for Ellon Gordon Cricket Club in the years to come", a view shared by Neil Cameron who added ”Ian has been going round all the local primary schools, making pupils and staff aware of the joys of cricket, and on Saturday mornings has been running coaching classes for around 15 very keen youngsters. His efforts deserve to pay off." But while Ellon was the centre of attention on Monday, there are other initiatives that are taking the willow on leather sport to the community, not least Mannofield and Stoneywood-Dyce where regular sessions are being held with energetic, enthusiastic youngsters who one day will replace those who currently play the game in the Grades. Ian Duncan certainly believes so and said “There is talent aplenty out there, we just have to ensure we tap into the boys and girls who want to play this great game.”
I would be delighted to hear from any club of such schemes, for not only publication on this worthy website, but to a wider audience in a bid to sell the game to the great unwashed public in Aberdeen and area.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jun 20 2018 - 4:29pm   

The only game played in Grade 1 proved to be a significant one as Inverurie found their form, forcing themselves into the fringes of the title race, handing champions AGSFPs a second defeat in three games in the process at Kellands Park. The result was not a shock for AGSFPs captain Rob Swiergon who said ''I said at the start of the season, Inverurie would be a force in the league. They certainly made their point today. We'll just have to regroup and get on with it. There's still a lot of good cricket to be played as the season unfolds. It is very competitive, that's for sure.'' Despite a rollicking 61 for AGSFPs Alex Keith, it was the home bowlers who held sway. Trevor Norval led the way with three for only seven runs, while George Hadden weighed in with three of his own for 31 as the Rubislaw side were dismissed for 178. The home reply was led by Hadden who scored a responsible 40, but it was Chris Watson who led the run chase, hitting a belligerent 92, enabling Inverurie to win with seven wickets in hand.

wytbu8  Jun 18 2018 - 1:55am   

Given that the date for the Festival of EID is not yet certain and may fall on Saturday 16th June 2018, the Committee has determined that this should be classified under Association Rule 16 as an acceptable reason whereby, if both teams agree, league fixtures scheduled on that day may be re-scheduled for the earliest available date thereafter [24th June 2018 or such later date as is calculated in accordance with Note 2 to Association Rule 16]. Where clubs do not submit such an agreed application which accords with that Rule, but either club satisfies the Committee it would be genuinely unable to raise a team due to this reason, it has been determined that fixtures will be classified as void for league purposes. Matches scheduled for Sunday 17th June 2018 continue to apply, unless exceptionally both teams agree and the Management Committee gives approval.
While the Committee has taken this decision on this occasion, it hopes that more notice of such a potential situation should be given in future years, so that due account may be taken of it in fixtures compilation.
For the Management Committee
D M Jones
Hon Secretary   

wytbu8  Jun 13 2018 - 5:58pm   

Following conflicting claims from the two clubs involved, the Secretary of the Association has formally referred the result of the above game to the Competitions Sub-Committee for investigation and determination.
Publication of an official result will accordingly be deferred meantime.
D. M. Jones
Hon Secretary

wytbu8  Jun 13 2018 - 12:42pm   

Scotland's amazing, historic win on Sunday has handed the Aberdeenshire Grades a wonderful marketing tool, especially as three of the victorious side were born in Aberdeen, making for the stuff of dreams for any aspiring young cricketer from the area.

wytbu8  Jun 12 2018 - 1:09pm   

The race for the Grade 1 title took a surprise turn after league leaders Bon Accord were stunned by Mannofield in a high scoring game at Harlaw. Bon Accord probably thought they had done enough to win, clocking up 231 of which Akhlaq Bashir hit a superb 76, only to have his knock bettered by Callum Martin who scored 80 to enable his side to ease home by two wickets. Tauqeer Malik, the Bon Accord captain said “It’s tough at the top, but great to have such a competitive set up. Long may it continue.” The defeat of the new leaders, enabled last season’s champions AGSFPs to pull level at the top of the Grade 1 after they amassed 302 for the loss of eight wickets, Karan Anand top scoring with 73, while captain Rob Swiergon kept his good run of form going with a solid innings of 57. The Rubislaw side were pushed all the way by lowly Academy who thanks to an amazing knock by Abhinav Kache of 110 made a very respectable 244 for eight. Inverurie were convincing seven wicket winners against Grampian who they bowled out for 135, and dark horses for the Grade 1 title Knight Riders were eight wickets winners away to Crescent, one of the other front runners. Stoneywood-Dyce cruised to victory, bowling Grampian all out for 84 after setting them 189 to win.
In Grade 2, Gordonians were shocked by Fraserburgh who set the visitors a total of 191 before bowling the Countesswells side out for 153.
In Grade 3, there were wins for Crathie and Portcullis at the expense of 2nd Grampian and 2nd Stonehaven Thistle respectively.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jun 12 2018 - 12:15am   
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