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The Grades 1 form book was turned on its head when lowly ACE Mannofield handed league leaders and champions Bon Accord a first defeat of the season.
Bon Accord captain Tauqeer Malik admitted to being stunned by the reverse at the hands of the Harlaw side, but said: "This was an astonishing game of cricket which we lost by five runs, thanks to two outstanding performances from the Mannofield side. Good luck to them. It's good for the game."
The home heroes were Hizupam Doley who hit an unbeaten 103 in his side's total of 191 for the loss of six wickets, while Indika Yahathugoda was the destroyer in chief of the champions, taking five for 61, including a hat-trick.
Elsewhere in Grade 1 Ellon Gordon were the unlucky victims of the new rain calculator system, losing out to Academy at Sheddocksley. Ellon Gordon 163 all out and the home side were 128 for 3 from 28 overs when the rain halted play, while in the only other game played in the top flight Cults bounced back to form with an eight wicket win away to Crescent after bowling out the home side for 109. The Cults reply was led by Greet Grover who scored a masterful 59 to give the Allan Park side a much needed win.
The games between Inverurie Don Valley and Knight Riders, and Kemnay-Kintore and AGSFPs were called off due to rain without a ball being bowled.
The cup competitions for the teams in Grades 2, 3 and 4 got under way with the pick of the games being at Fraserburgh in the Bon Accord Cup (see Supplementary Report), with the closest encounter in the same competition was at Countesswells where Methlick, despite amassing 217 for five were three wicket losers to Gordonians.
In the Reid Cup Crathie were exciting eight run winners at home to Portcullis.
Report by Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jun 4 2017 - 8:06am   

The following message from Magesh Devendran skipper (Aberdeen Super Kings):  "On behalf of Amit Verma, we would like to thank everyone within our cricketing community for the support you had offered him through this tough time. Because of your contribution we raised in excess of £1200 and are grateful to your overwhelming generosity. Our sincere thanks to Ronnie Falconer from Portcullis for leading this initiative without whom we wouldn’t have achieved the above. Thanks again to all. 
Aberdeen Super Kings CC." 
And from Ronnie Falconer – Treasurer (Portcullis):
“I also pass on my heartfelt thanks to you all for the generosity shown by our cricketing community here and beyond. This has been a fantastic effort by you all. Thank you once again for your generosity shown towards Amit Verma. 
Ronnie Portcullis CC.”

wytbu8  Jun 3 2017 - 3:18pm   
ACA Grades cricket was given a huge boost at Mannofield this week when the Grades Select team, comprising of players from Grade 1 comprehensively beat a touring team from India on a stunningly, beautiful day in Aberdeen.

"This was a great day for local cricket in the area, made all the better by some wonderful, early summer weather. Out select team were quite outstanding on a perfectly prepared wicket which our top order batsmen took full advantage of," said Captain Tauqeer Malik after the 70 run win against Star of India.

wytbu8  Jun 1 2017 - 3:30am   

ACA Grades steps into the international arena in Aberdeen on Wednesday 31st May when a select team takes on an Indian touring team in a 40 over per side at the top ground in the North - east.

Mannofield is the venue for the first ever clash of ACA Grades and Star of India who are an amateur side, comprised of broadcasters, and journalists from Star Sports, one of the biggest sports broadcasting organisations in India.

wytbu8  May 30 2017 - 11:01am   

Changes to fixtures in Grades 2 and 3
Although they will by now have been published in the Association Handbook and on its Web Site, a consolidated list of the fixture & venue changes reflecting the withdrawal of Lahore Karahi and non-availability some weeks of the pitch at Kings College for the remainder of the season is appended for information.  The Johnston Cup fixture between 2nd Stonehaven and 2nd Methlick on June 3rd (reserve date June 18th) will also now, as originally drawn, take place at Stonehaven.  We remain one pitch short, on July 22nd, and have asked Banchory to host their away fixture v Grampian at Burnett Park on that day.  I have just (Wednesday 24th) also been advised Duthie Park will be unavailable on Saturday June 10, 17 and 24; and further updates will be issued regarding this.

wytbu8  May 28 2017 - 5:29pm   

Bon Accord demonstrated just how difficult they will be to replace at the head of affairs in Grade 1 after being bowled out for 109 on a difficult, lifting track at the Links, before proceeding to dismiss AGSFPs for 90.

''This was one that got away, we really should have won after reducing Bon Accord to a low total, which should have been even lower. We dropped five catches, and at 30 for the loss of only one wicket, looked on target to win. We then batted very poorly, but it is early days in what is sure to be a close battle'' said Rob Swiergon, the AGSFPs captain.

wytbu8  May 28 2017 - 11:55am   

Ellon Gordon Cricket Club cordially invite clubs to their Junior Kwik Cricket Festival for Boys and Girls to be held on Sunday the 25th of June at Gordon Park, Ellon.
The Festival will start at 10:00am with all matches completed by 1:00pm.
Any club unable to make up a team of 8 will have additional players allocated. All youngsters attending will be participating and parents will also be very welcomed!
To help Ellon Cricket Club prepare please could you indicate whether you are likely to attend by Friday the 23rd of June so that the necessary kitchen "goodies" are in place.
If you are aware of any youngster not associated with a club and would be interested in participating please pass this information on.
Please contact Ian Duncan on 07733 212957 or 01358 789698 or ladeside_2000@yahoo.com

wytbu8  May 24 2017 - 4:32am   

The first washout of the session resulted in the games in all four grades being called off without a ball being bowled. Generally games were declared void early on Saturday after the overnight rains.

Ironically Sunday started off sunny and bright, on a day in which no games in the ACA Grades were scheduled to be played.

wytbu8  May 21 2017 - 8:46am   

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing away of Charlie Middleton on Tuesday 16th May 2017. Charlie first played for St Ronald and then for many years for Kintore. Our sincere condolences to Charlie’s family and friends. 
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wytbu8  May 20 2017 - 6:08pm   

Aberdeenshire Grade 1 enjoyed a day of high scoring, this despite the generally overcast and occasionally wet conditions, the pick of which was at Kellands Park where the newly promoted sides Inverurie and Kemnay-Kintore racked up 499 for a total loss of 11 wickets.

wytbu8  May 14 2017 - 12:21pm   
Please click here for v2.0 of the Grades Handbook or can be found under the "Downloads" section under "Contents" on the left hand side of this page.
wytbu8  May 12 2017 - 3:06am   

The Semi-final and final are provisionally fixed for Saturday September 2 (with Saturday 9 in reserve) as already notified in the Sunday programme.

At the AGM in November it was agreed that the earlier rounds should be played evening’s mid-week, though with the option to re-use the Sundays set aside for other cups if free and not clashing with the dates selected for representative games.  Within this we wanted to leave clubs a degree of flexibility, depending on Evening League commitments, practice nights, etc.

wytbu8  May 10 2017 - 3:38pm   

Sun Shines on Alan Park - By Jack Nixon

The warm sun greeted week two of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association season, and no more so than at the Allan Park where the ground was seeing its first action since the floods of nearly two years ago. ''It's good to be home,'' said Cults captain Aqeel Ajazi, happy to have seen his side bowl out AGSFP's for a meagre 118, only to see his own side crumble to 71 all out in the sun trap at the picturesque Cults ground.

wytbu8  May 7 2017 - 2:15pm   
wytbu8  May 5 2017 - 8:00am   
Please note v1.0 of the Grades Handbook can be found under the "Downloads" section under "Contents" on the left hand side of this page . You will note the Turriff cup is not yet listed but will be available in v2.0
wytbu8  May 4 2017 - 8:47am   

Cults CC welcomes all teams, players, officials and friends back to Allan Park after the hiatus of 2016.

There has been a problem with match day parking before and the Club does not wish to upset our neighbours.

Please do not park in front of the bollards and in front of the house at the main entrance.

Preferred road to park on is on Loirsbank Road utilising the north/pavement side.

wytbu8  May 3 2017 - 2:59pm   

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing away of Sandy Strang on Tuesday 2nd May 2017. Some of you may remember Sandy as our Guest Speaker at the 2002 ACA Grades Dinner. Our condolences go to Sandy’s family and friends.

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wytbu8  May 3 2017 - 8:43am   

We are delighted to announce that Jack Nixon has volunteering his services to aid reporting of the Grades Cricket Results. We would like to take this opportunity to thank David Jones who has tirelessly performed this thankless task for as long as living memory serves. Some of you are already familiar with Jack and we hope that you will all know Jack by the end of the season. Please find below a note from Jack.

wytbu8  May 2 2017 - 3:49pm   

Grade I Round Up - By Jack Nixon

Culter Bon Accord (30 points) made a strong start to the defence of its Grade 1 title, defeating Academy (14 points) by 92 runs, scoring 225 for the loss of seven wickets before bowling out the visitors for 133 on the wind swept Links.

wytbu8  May 1 2017 - 5:01pm   

Shortly before the last meeting of the Management Committee confirmation was received that Lahore Karahi, who had been absent from the last three Association meetings, would not be fielding a team in the Grades in 2017.

The Management Committee has accordingly agreed, that in accord with precedent, Siyapa, who finished third in Grade 3 should be offered promotion to Grade 2 assuming Lahore’s fixtures (including their cup draw), and they have accepted.  At this late stage however moving any side from Grade 4 to 3 would not be feasible given that of the 7 sides remaining in Grade 4, six are second or third elevens, and the other (Turriff) has constraints on the availability of its ground after the end of July.  Also, merging Grades 3 and 4 would produce a league containing two FPs’ sides, playing each other only once with a potential wide disparity in playing standard.  Grades 3 and 4 will therefore play this season with 7 sides only, each league having one free teams each Saturday, who could, if they wish – and subject to pitch availability – play each other, or offer members to the umpires’ panel.

wytbu8  Apr 30 2017 - 9:41pm   

 To date the following clubs have already returned their Player Registration Forms (PRF). You are reminded that under Rule 11 “All players must be registered with the Association for the current season prior to playing in any fixture under the auspices of the Association.”

wytbu8  Apr 28 2017 - 6:58am   
  Please note the Grades Cricket Balls are now in stock at Thistle Sports, 29-31 Rose Street, AB10 1UB, Tel.: 01224 620100 costing £105 per box of 6

wytbu8  Apr 24 2017 - 4:55pm   

Book onto the first webinar in a series of six for Scotland’s cricket clubs:
Becoming a Welcoming and Enterprising club.
9.30am Saturday 8th April
40 minutes online with a 20 minutes presentation and 20 minutes of discussion and Questions and Answers.

wytbu8  Mar 31 2017 - 11:24am   

See link for more details https://www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars/centres

wytbu8  Mar 20 2017 - 7:21pm   
 At the ACA Spring Meeting 2017 the paper on Umpires Fees and Expenses was unanimously approved by the membership. Part of the paper was that the allocation of umpires in the ACA was passed to ESCOA to administer.  I have been asked by ESCOA, and accepted, to allocate umpires to not only games in the SPCU but also in the ACA. I appeal to all umpires who wish to support the wonderful game of cricket in the ACA and beyond to get in touch with myself. Full support for umpire development and progression will be given by ESCOA.

Ian Sutherland (m)07815637407 email: thesutherlandfamily@btinternet.com

wytbu8  Mar 20 2017 - 12:44pm   
 A reminder about the Groundsman Workshop in Aberdeen on Sunday 9th April.

Please circulate to the relevant people at your club and book on using the link below.

wytbu8  Mar 16 2017 - 1:28pm   
 Please find attached important documentation from the Annual ACA Spring Meeting 2017. Please note Rule Changes Documentation v03.1

wytbu8  Mar 16 2017 - 10:14am   

 Our friends in the Aberdeen Evening Cricket League will be holding their 2016 AGM on Tuesday 21st March, 6.30pm at Mannofield in the Bradman Suite. All new teams who have expressed an interest in joining the league this year should ensure they are represented at the meeting. The meeting usually lasts about an hour.

There will also be a Tape-Ball Indoor Tournament on Sunday 26th March, with proceeds going to local charities. if you would like to enter a team, take part in the event as a player or if you would like to contribute then please contact the AECL directly.

MrPurple  Mar 14 2017 - 10:39pm   

Clubs are advised that the templates for submitting Club Contacts and Player Registration can be found on the left hand side of this page under the heading Contents and then Downloads. Please submit a minimum of 2 email contact details. NB Please only submit email to buttclan@hotmail.com and JonesACA1@aol.com with YOUR club name in the Subject field e.g. Inverurie Player Registration 2017 and/or Inverurie Handbook Details 2017

wytbu8  Mar 13 2017 - 8:10am   

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Easter Camp has been cancelled. Junior training will commence Friday 28th April. Please contact juniors@stoneywooddyce.co.uk for more details.

wytbu8  Mar 8 2017 - 2:12pm   
 
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