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Please note 2nd XI Ellon Gordon have now officially withdrawn their Team and therefore all of Ellon Gordon 2nd XI matches will be void. The Grade 4 Table now reflects this.

wytbu8  Jul 12 2017 - 10:10am   

Hard on the heels of our good news stories about young, developing players, along comes another from not surprisingly Stoneywood - Dyce, a club well known for producing top line youngsters for the game.

Jack Lambley may only be 14, and has only been playing the game for three years, but last Sunday he stunned his teammates in a development game against Aberdeen Grammar FP's, hitting an astonishing 142, which included some big hits, out of all proportion to his young years, according to those who were privileged to watch the knock.

wytbu8  Jul 10 2017 - 9:36pm   

Rain brought an early halt to proceedings yesterday at Lochlands, Forfar where the game between an ACA Grades Select and SPCU Select was called off after the Aberdeen side had been bowled out for 122 from 20.2 overs.
Fazal Awan of Bon Accord and Indika Yahathugoda of ACE Mannofield were joint top scorers with 39 in a game which had been restricted to 25 overs per side, and was finally abandoned before the Strathmore Union Select had an opportunity to bat.
Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 10 2017 - 4:57am   

Knight Riders caused the upset of the day in Grade 1, beating title chasing AGSFPs, enabling Academy to leap frog the Rubislaw side, while giving leaders Bon Accord some breathing space at the head of affairs.

The Groats Road side batted first, racking up a challenging total of 222 for the loss of seven wickets thanks to half centuries for Sivaganesan Palaniappan (55) and Somasundaram Kumarasamy (52), while Sam Knudson was the most successful bowler for AGSFPs, claiming three for 34.

wytbu8  Jul 9 2017 - 11:17am   

Clubs are reminded that results for the preliminary round of the Turriff Cup and agreed original and reserve dates for the quarter finals before the second weekend of August should be reported for the Management Committee meeting scheduled for Monday 10 July?

Under the revised rules approved at last year’s AGM, clubs may play on a Sunday; but only if both clubs agree and there is no impact on other Association competitions or representative games.  Otherwise the default position for rounds prior to Finals Day is now a weekday evening, which given the Evening League appears now to have concluded, could include a Tuesday or Wednesday – with overs being reduced to 10 or 15 if necessary.

wytbu8  Jul 4 2017 - 6:59pm   

Lochlands Park in Forfar is the venue on Sunday 9th July for the clash between the ACA Grades Select and the SPCU Select. Two very strong teams will line up for a 1:00pm start for a 45 overs a side match. The SPCU Select side comfortably beat the NoSCA Select at Mannofield last month, and are again captained by Swapnil Rane of Gordonians. The ACA Grades Select will be captained by Tauqeer Malik of Bon Accord who will be looking to reverse their defeat by the SPCU Select at the same ground in 2015.

wytbu8  Jul 4 2017 - 4:32pm   

The contest in Grade 1 developed into a three way race after leaders Bon Accord, AGSFPs and the season's shock troops Academy all won their games in some style.
The most impressive performance of the day was at Kellands Park where Inverurie Don Valley looked to have posted a winning score of 197 for three only to be beaten by Academy who passed the home total with two wickets in hand, thanks to a patient, controlled 54 from Phani Prattipati. For the home side Chris Watson scarcely deserved to be on the losing side after hitting a sparkling 75. George Hadden was no less efficient with a painstaking unbeaten 62, though it was not enough to get the better of the tenacious Sheddocksley side.
Bon Accord were in equally good form at home to Kemnay-Kintore, racking up 270 for four before bowling out a weakened Bogbeth Park side for 89. The main men for the champions were Saif Ahmed (126), Fazal Awan (94) and destroyer in Chief Jaimeek Bhalani who took five for 15 as the visitors collapsed in the face of pressure from the unrelenting Bon Accord side.
Second placed AGSFPs were well up to the poor challenge of Cults who were bowled out for 71, chasing a total of 189, five wickets falling to Sam Knudson for a mere 26 runs. The principal scorer for the Rubislaw side was opener Alex Keith with a quick fire 49.
At Groats Road Knight Riders 193 all out proved to be too much for ACE Mannofield who succumbed to the home attack for 155. Sivaganesan Palaniappan hit a splendid 83 for the home side, and Mannofield’s own run machine was Indika Yahathugoda who has scored two centuries to date this season, topped scored for his team with 52.
In Grade 2 Stoneywood-Dyce's stranglehold on the title was loosened by second placed Grampian who bowled the visitors out for 145 before chasing the total down for the loss of six wickets. Banchory came tantalisingly near to registering its first win of the season, having been bowled out for 80 of which Graeme Nixon scored a stubborn 25, they took eight 2nd Knight Riders wickets before its own total was surpassed.
In Grade 3 Aberdeen Super Kings made inroads into Stonehaven Thistle's lead, taking advantage of the leaders not being in action, beating 2nd AGSFPs by 47 runs.
In the only game played in Grade 4 2nd Methlick beat Turriff by eight wickets at the Haughs. Rob Fryer scored an entertaining 58 for the winners.
Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 2 2017 - 12:58pm   

At a time when cricket throughout the country is in decline, it is massively encouraging that clubs in ACA Grades are giving youngsters the opportunity to make their mark in the game, including the major breakthrough of the brother and sister duo at Fraserburgh.

From where I sit in the shade and safety of the press box, I suspect that Ryan (11) and Leanne (13) Broadley are just the tip of the iceberg, as more and more young cricketers are being exposed to competitive games in the Grades. More power to these daring, but progressive clubs who clearly see that the future of the game rests in the development of a youth programme.

wytbu8  Jun 28 2017 - 4:20am   

Academy turned in the performance of the day in Grade 1 after being bowled out on its own Sheddocksley track for a mere 108, turned the table on Cults, dismissing them for 73, thus keeping their title challenge on track.
Phani Prittipati was the home side hero, claiming four of the Allan Park side's wickets, including a hat-trick without conceding a run in the low scoring encounter.
Leaders Bon Accord were easy winners at the Links where they eased to 215 for the loss of nine wickets before bowling out the Knight Riders for 171 of which 54 was scored by Vijay Amirtharaj.
Prolific run scorer Fazal Awan suffered a rare failure with the bat for the champions, but had ample compensation with the ball, taking three for 20 when the visitors batted.
Haroon Ahmed top scored for Bon Accord by hitting a sparkling 75, but getting first class support from Reman Haider who rattled up a fine 42.
AGSFPs kept the pressure on the leaders in second place, seeing off the challenge of ACE Mannofield by five wickets at Rubislaw, restricting the visitors to 190 for seven before home captain Rob Swiergon stepped up to the plate with a superbly constructed  77 to remind Bon Accord of his side's challenge.
The unluckiest player of the day was Ellon Gordon's Ben Webb who scored a captain's knock of 114 in his side's total of 166 at Kellands Park, only to lose out to Inverurie Don Valley who raced to victory by seven wickets, mainly due to a home partnership between George Hadden (75 not out) and captain Trevor Norval who hit a painstaking 33.
In the other basement battle in the top grade Kemnay-Kintore did well to bowl out Crescent for 112, only to collapse to 68 all out, this despite a stubborn knock of 33 from captain Liam Thom.
In Grade 2 Stoneywood-Dyce continue to set the pace at the top of the division, enjoying a comfortable nine wicket win at the expense of luckless Banchory who has yet to win a game as the home side were bowled out for 90. The challenge of Siyapa and Grampian stuttered as both were surprisingly beaten by 2nd Knight Riders and Methlick respectively.
Stonehaven Thistle domination of Grade 3 looks set to be a feature of the season, as they were convincing six wicket winners at Cowdray Estate, bowling Dunecht out for 51.

wytbu8  Jun 25 2017 - 12:16am   

In addition to a Disciplinary Appeal, which was allowed in part, and issues relating to the non-availability of pitches at the Duthie Park on 10, 17 and 24 June, a range of other important issues were discussed at the meeting of the Management Committee held on 12 June 2017.

Grade 4
Concern was expressed that although the season was approaching its mid-point only one or two Grade 4 fixtures had so far been completed.

wytbu8  Jun 23 2017 - 6:18am   
 
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