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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   

Aberdeenshire/Mannofield cc Summer Cricket Coaching will be running a series of cricket coaching days at their Mannofield ground during July and August please find attached details 

wytbu8  Jun 10 2018 - 11:27pm   

Please note below a link to the security message that went out to all ticket holders this week from Paul Macari (Cricket Scotland Commercial Manager) https://mailchi.mp/a12c6cb282e8/scotland-v-england-match-information?e=[UNIQID]

wytbu8  Jun 6 2018 - 2:01pm   

Ellon Gordon stole the headlines in the Grades games, setting a record total score for the Aberdeenshire Grades at Rubislaw where they racked up an astonishing 459 for the loss of only one wicket from their allocation of 45 overs, stunning 2nd AGSFPs in the process. Opener Brian Veldsman led the way with 170 in the company of fellow opener Stuart Davies who was on an unbeaten 155 when the Ellon Gordon innings closed. First wicket down batsman Jon Barrett also got in on the act, hitting 107 not out. Not surprisingly the home side failed to match the fireworks of the visitors, but battled on, valiantly reaching 122 for seven from their 45 overs in the Grade 2 fixture.
In the top Grades game of the day, the shoot out in the sun at the Links in Grade 1, Bon Accord just held off the challenge of last years league champions AGSFPs. Set 190 to win, AGSFPs looked down and out at 86 for eight, but battled back to come within 35 runs of the home total, thanks to a half century stand between captain Rob Swiergon(67) and Roland Knudson(37). On a day of fine performances home captain Tauqeer Malik stared with the ball, taking four for 18, while Andy Win rescued the home batting with a patient 56. Knudson made claims for man of the match with four for 27 when Bon Accord batted. Malik admitted to being a relieved man at the end of the game, and said “This was a great game of cricket, AGSFPs pushed us all the way”. Swiergon was gracious in defeat and said “They probably just about deserved to win. We gave them 30 runs too many when they batted, but it was a great advert for the local game. There’s a lot of cricket to be played before the title is decided”. Elsewhere in the division Knight Riders and Crescent kept their title hopes alive with solid wins, while on any other day Gordonians 298 for three wickets would have represented a huge score in Grade 2, but given Ellon Gordon’s massive total it paled into insignificance, but was nevertheless a clear message that their 209 win will give the Gordon Park side something to think about before the two meet later on in the season.
In Grade 3 only one game was started down at Balmoral but was washed out after the first innings whilst the other games in Grade 3 were not played due to clubs unable to raise teams. An alarming state of affairs this early in the season.
By Jack Nixon
Sunday saw AGSFPs make amends for a disappointing Saturday as they took on Grampian in the first round of the Aberdeenshire Cup by setting up a grand total of 303 for 5 led by an unbeaten 177 by Karan Anand ably supported with 62 by Connor McKinney setting a total that the Grampian home side could only muster 81 as the guts of the Grampian batsman were bowled out by Harry Mapplebeck taking 5 for 18.

wytbu8  Jun 3 2018 - 7:42pm   

The wonderful early summer weather has certainly given Grades cricket a great opportunity to showcase itself, a chance grabbed by a number of batsmen who amply demonstrated their skills in the May sunshine. In Grade 1, Akhlaq Bashir blasted his way to 126 for Bon Accord in a game at the Links where they beat Academy, while John Varghese stroked his way to an unbeaten 111 for Grampian in the victory over Mannofield. There were also solid knocks from Karan Anand (56) for AGSFPs and a match winning unbeaten 84 for Rowan Vaduganathan for Knight Riders at Kellands Park, while in the same match Chris Watson hit 59 for Inverurie.

wytbu8  May 28 2018 - 3:18pm   

MCC Laws of Cricket App https://www.lords.org/news/2016-2/may/mcc-releases-laws-of-cricket-app/ available to download free on Android and Apple devices.

wytbu8  May 24 2018 - 11:03pm   

On Sunday 27th May 2018 sees the Grades Select side travel to Gordonstoun against a NoSCA Select side who are celebrating their 125th anniversary. The match is scheduled to start at 13:00 with all supporters welcomed. The Grades Select team will be led by Tauqeer Malik (Bon Accord), Rob Swiergon (AGSFPs), Alex Keith (AGSFPs), Karan Anand (AGSFPs), Eddie Steinson (AGSFPs), Leston D’Costa (AGSFPs), Chris Watson (Inverurie), Scott White (Inverurie), Jordan Thom (Inverurie), Fraser Lawrence (Fraserburgh) and Ahklaq Bashir (Bon Accord).

wytbu8  May 24 2018 - 10:58pm   

Clubs entered into the Turriff Cup are reminded to arrange a date with your opposition and advise the ACA secretary on acagradess@gmail.com indicating if a town pitch requires to be booked. The matches can be played either during the weekdays or on a Sunday agreed by both clubs if no clash with other fixtures. Original and reserve dates to be agreed and notified by 30th June and fixtures to be completed by 31st July. Semi-finals and final provisionally first weekend in September 2018. Dates for the sevens being considered at Rubislaw and Harlaw are yet to be confirmed.

wytbu8  May 23 2018 - 1:42pm   

Please note as advised at the ACA 2018 Spring Meeting it has not been possible to add the Cup Fixtures to CricketStats, meanwhile the Cup Fixtures and Results will continue to be published on this ACA Grades WEB site under the relevant Cup matches. Therefore, you are requested to Text in your Cup results to the Grades Hotline 07910 279627 and to send a photograph of the score books to the grades email address acagradess@gmail.com the Dates and Venues for the Turriff Cup and the P&J 7’s Cups will be published as soon as suitable venues and dates can be agreed.

wytbu8  May 21 2018 - 11:01am   

The continuing spell of good weather has clearly lifted the spirits of cricketers in all the Grades, not least in the Grade 1 game between Mannofield and Stoneywood-Dyce at Harlaw where 15 year old Stuart Lister made hay while the sun shone with a sparkling century. The 115 runs clocked up by the teenager were a first of a ton for him before going on to open the batting for the senior side in their Scottish Cup tie on Sunday when he faced the world class attack of a RH Corstorphine side which included Majid Haq and Hammad Azam. Not to be outdone Indika Yahathugoda stepped up to the mark, scoring a stunning 171 of his own to win the game for Mannofield in a match that yielded 498 runs. But while the two were performing miracles, across the city AGSFPs and Knight Riders were enjoying their own shoot out in the sun. The pity of this match was that neither side deserved to lose, although in Karan Anand, the defending champions had the man of the match who not only hit a sumptuous unbeaten 99 to steer his side home but took four wickets for 23 to restrict the visitors to 193 for eight. In the meantime, Bon Accord were more sedately keeping themselves in the title race with a convincing 82 run win, making a huge dent in the prospects of Inverurie in the process. Not for the first time Fazal Awan stepping up to the mark with a half century and five wickets. It was much closer in the game between Crescent and Grampian at the Links where the league's newcomers made 150 but made the home side struggle all the way before easing home with only two wickets in hand and 3 balls to spare. Cults continue to struggle in the top grade and were no match for Academy who were convincing eight wicket winners at home to the Allan Park side.

wytbu8  May 21 2018 - 10:29am   

The ACA Management Committee are pleased to advise that Isobel Reid (widely known as the Kemnay-Kintore scorer) has recently agreed to assist the ACA Committee in carrying out some of its administrative duties, including record management and supporting the ACA committees, as we look to move towards SCIO status and move towards succession planning for existing office bearers.

wytbu8  May 17 2018 - 8:17pm   

The various rules 13a, 13b and 13f under which players may be loaned to another club, as drafted, all require that the lending club have a full programme of scheduled fixtures on the relevant day; and hence apply only during the regular season.
The management committee has agreed that this condition can be regarded as also satisfied on days when their team has a scheduled free day, due to leagues having an odd number of teams, or without a fixture because scratched to. Players from clubs who themselves have scratched, or a match has been rained off are not however eligible for loan.
The restrictions on numbers of loan players who may be fielded, and the grades in which they may play - no more than 2 players from a lower grade, with no individual appearing on more than two occasions in grade 1 or 2; no more than 3 players in grade 3 - continue to apply, as does the requirement for agreement of the opposition captain to loans, including any restrictions on participation, for loans in grade 3.
ACA Grades Committee

wytbu8  May 16 2018 - 3:18pm   

AGSFPs continued its defence of the Grade 1 title with another nine wicket win at Rubislaw where Cults were dismissed for 86, giving the champions a near perfect start to their campaign. Henry Mapplebeck was the destroyer in chief, taking four wickets for 30, handing opener Alex Keith the opportunity to demonstrate his quick fire ability as a batsman. Keith hit an unbeaten 39, getting good support from Eddie Steinson who was 23 not out when they passed the total of the Allan Park side. Bon Accord were equally impressive, dismissing Grampian for 118 at Sheddocksley, before rattling off the required total for the loss of four wickets. Inverurie who look to be well capable of throwing down a title challenge to the big two were easy 112 winners away to Mannofield who fell short of the 226 for eight set by the visitors to the Links. The Knight Riders made a successful start to their season at the Peoples Park, bowling Stoneywood-Dyce out for 128 before going on to win by five wickets. In a low scoring game Crescent beat Academy by 5 wickets who were all out for 117.

In Grade 2, Ellon Gordon launched their season at the Gordon Park where they scored 173 all out. Jon Barratt scoring a fine 65 before Ellon Gordon captain Ben Webb took over, taking five Fraserburgh wickets for 27 as the visitors collapsed to 120.

In Grade 3, Crathie bounced back to form, bowling out 2nd Methlick for 65 in their chase of 125. Banchory won a nail biter at Sheddocksley where 2nd Grampian failed to hunt down 111, falling eight runs short on 103 for nine.
Only two weeks into the new season, but all the indications are that it is going to be a very competitive season in all three grades, making for a fascinating summer in prospect
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  May 7 2018 - 7:53pm   
AGSFPs served notice after one game that they will not easily relinquish the Grade 1 title so hard won last season, but the Rubislaw outfit will also have noted the good start former champions Bon Accord have made.
wytbu8  Apr 29 2018 - 1:57pm   
Please find v1.0 of the 2018 Grades Handbook ready for download found under the Contents/Download page found on the left hand side of this page or click here<
wytbu8  Apr 23 2018 - 5:59pm   
All the fixtures are now available to view on the links on the right hand side. A short window exists this week to delete any players who will definitely not be involved for your club this season.
wytbu8  Apr 23 2018 - 5:26am   

Following a review by both parties of their player resources and a period of intensive discussion, the Management Committee has been advised that Academy and Kemnay-Kintore have decided that the best way of guaranteeing their respective ability to fulfil their fixtures in the forthcoming season is through a merger, arrangements for which have  been approved in principle by the members of both clubs, and the legislative consequences of which are currently being put in hand. Though the possibility of the combined club fielding two teams has been considered, and remains a hope for future development, the immediate effect of this is that Academy’s home games will now take place at Bogbeth Park in Kemnay; and that Grade 2 will be reduced to 9 teams, with only one club to be relegated. The Committee has also reduced to one the number of preliminary round games in the Bon Accord Cup, redrawing Siyapa to play Methlick and Fraserburgh to play Stonehaven in the quarter-final round. As a result of Academy fixtures being played in Kemnay, this has allowed us to move some fixtures, primarily from Sheddocksley Lower, to an alternative venue. Fixtures will be loaded up to CricketStats very soon, and clubs are urged to check for any amendments of venue from those noted in the previously issued draft fixture list.

wytbu8  Apr 21 2018 - 8:32am   

If you haven’t heard already . . . . .

wytbu8  Apr 18 2018 - 12:23pm   

The Volunteering Support Fund is now open for applications and the deadline is May 4th.
If you have volunteers and support volunteers, this funding is for you! The funding is distributed via the Voluntary Action Fund. What is new this time round, is that you can apply for up to three years funding. Please click on this link for details on how to apply for this funding.
https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/volunteering-development-grants/
The Volunteering Support Fund - Voluntary Action Fund (VAF)
www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk
The Volunteering Support Fund Volunteering Support Fund 2018-21 – NOW OPEN.
The Scottish Government has committed £3.3 million to support volunteering in Scotland until March 2021.

wytbu8  Apr 18 2018 - 12:12pm   
There has been major upgrade to the Laws and these were applied from October 2017. It is incumbent on the Club’s and especially the Captains to familiarise themselves with the Laws. These can be viewed on www.lords.org/mcc/laws-of-cricket

When your game has an appointed umpire all Laws will apply. At player only umpired games then Law 42 and parts of other Laws will not apply. This list will be posted shortly. When players are umpiring I expect complete impartiality and use of the Laws.

wytbu8  Apr 17 2018 - 1:33pm   
The Season 2018 will soon be with us and Umpires are always required in the ACA. My own background is playing for Cults CC for 40 years and have umpired since I retired from playing.
wytbu8  Apr 17 2018 - 12:43pm   

A meeting has been arranged to provide Clubs with more information on the ACA application for registration as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and to answer any questions that you may have before our application is submitted to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) for their consideration for ACA to implement it in 2019. The meeting will be held on Sunday 29th April 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 at Mannofield in the Bradman Suite.

wytbu8  Apr 13 2018 - 8:05pm   

The Captain’s Report in CricketStats has now been enabled and the trial period extended to the 23rd April 2018 after this trial period expires all data changes that clubs have made during the trial period will be reset ready for the start of the 2018 season. So, if you still have not had a go on how to use CricketStats please do so as a matter of urgency. All initial inquiries to be directed to acagradess@gmail.com
NB You will only be allowed to delete Player’s names from your Player list up to the start of the season, thereafter requests to delete players to be directed to acagradess@gmail.com However, you can add new players anytime during the season

wytbu8  Apr 13 2018 - 8:27am   

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It is with sadness that we announce the death of Dennis Kidd, Grandfather to David and Father to Mike all three generation of very good cricketers. For many years Dennis played for Anchorians (regularly with our Grades Treasurer Ian Stephen) and often captained Anchorians 2nd eleven. The funeral service will take place at 2:45pm on Thursday 19th April 2018 at the Aberdeen West Chapel Crematorium.
Our sincere condolences at this time to his wife Maggie and to all his family and friends
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wytbu8  Apr 13 2018 - 7:41am   

The ECB ACO (Association of Cricket Scorers) has launched a new on-line training facility aimed at would be or new club member scorers. Scorers can complete the on-line course with an assessment and a facility to print off a certificate of attendance. Candidates can also register their interest in further progression.

wytbu8  Apr 13 2018 - 6:34am   

Please note: With immediate effect ALL Correspondence for the ACA Grades is to be directed to acagradess@gmail.com (note 2 ss in acagradess@gmail.com) and NOT to Individuals on the ACA Committee. Your ACA Committee members have access to this new email address. Many thanks

wytbu8  Apr 10 2018 - 8:22pm   

TURRIFF CUP

wytbu8  Apr 10 2018 - 9:21am   

CRICKET IN THE COMMUNITY

It has been raised at several forums that the lack of practice facilities in Aberdeen may be hampering the development of local players in the Aberdeen area, with clubs potentially losing players because of this…...SDCC want to help local clubs by offering the use of our facilities.

wytbu8  Apr 3 2018 - 9:32pm   

Update: Thistle Sports (29-31 Rose Street, tel.:01224 620100) have advised the following “Grades ball should be in stock shortly. We would be happy to put a deal together for Grade 1 teams and their need for pitch markers. If they all agree to the same type and give us the order we should be able to get a discount. We would expect to be at least as good as the best online price hopefully better”. 

Also, see attached diagram showing how to mark up 30 yard inner circle.

At the 2018 ACA Spring Meeting it was agreed that it would be mandatory for
ALL clubs to have at least £5m of Public Liability Insurance. Also for the requirement of the Inner Circle Disk Markings, which would be mandatory for Grade 1 and in ALL cup competitions.

To assist clubs a member of your ACA Grades Committee was tasked into looking at options that were available for recommending Club Insurance and for Inner Circle Disk Markings. When searching for public liability insurance a number of online query forms were completed but found many quotation pages taking a considerable amount of time to work through, Sadly, no response was forthcoming from any of the online query forms, and whilst it would be great to give clubs a range of names to contact, we can only really advise on the 2 noted below for Public Liability Insurance. With regards to the Fielding Circle Discs, NetWorldSports do seem to be comfortably the cheapest that appear on the first page of a google search, so we leave it to the clubs to look elsewhere if they wish.

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE
https://www.insure4sport.co.uk  The quote is done online and takes a couple of minutes. It is based on the number of teams, so for most Grades clubs, quite cheap. The ACA require a minimum £5m public liability, and this may well cost less than £60. The more you add to the policy, the more you pay.

The Cricket Scotland partner insurer is Marshall Wooldridge. They can be contacted through
extracover@marswool.com  Their quotation form is attached if you want to get a comparative quote.

Prior to the start of the season, all clubs must email a copy or scan of their insurance document to 
acagradess@gmail.com

NO Insurance Document = NO cricket!

FIELDING CIRCLES
https://www.networldsports.co.uk/cricket-circle-fielding-discs.html
It is the responsibility of the HOME side to have the fielding circle in place before the start time for their match. The discs are available from numerous other online suppliers.

wytbu8  Mar 30 2018 - 1:31pm   
 
Important Info

ALL Correspondence for the ACA Grades is to be directed to acagradess@gmail.com (note 2 ss in acagradess@gmail.com) and NOT to Individuals on the ACA Committee.

Please Click here for Your Club Results/Player Registration/Stats etc. in CricketStat or can now be found on the Left hand side of this WEB page under Contents

Click below for Grades Tables and Fixtures Plus the Rain Calculator:

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3

Rain Calculator


Results Hotline 07910 279627
ONLY CUP MATCHES TO BE TEXTED TO THIS HOTLINE NUMBER (including Photo of Score Books or Photo emailed to acagradess@gmail.com). All Other results must be entered into CricketStats by 8.15pm on the day of the match concerned. The Format used should be "1st team batting total with overs, top two batsman, top two bowlers, 2nd team batting total with overs, top two batsman, top two bowlers"s


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