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And so the cricket season of 2018 is all but over, with only the Turriff Cup on Saturday to be played before we call a halt on a remarkable season of weather and cricket.
But first it would only be fair to reflect on a splendid weekend of cricket in which the initiative of Aberdeenshire Cricket Club was well and truly rewarded at Mannofield on Sunday when a celebration of all that is good in the game took place, attracting a sizeable crowd to the area’s top ground.

wytbu8  Sep 3 2018 - 9:37pm   

The Final between AGSFPs and Inverurie of the Aberdeenshire Cup has now been scheduled to be played at 13:15 on Sunday 2nd September 2018 at The Lairds Ground in Methlick. Our thanks to the Methlick Cricket Club Management Committee for accommodating this event.

wytbu8  Aug 27 2018 - 4:22pm   

And so, one of the most competitive seasons in recent years has finally reached its exciting conclusions, apart from the small matter of the Aberdeenshire Cup Final which was unfortunately postponed on Sunday morning. We also have the first playing of the T10 Aberdeen Challenge Cup, scheduled to be played this coming Sunday. An event to look forward to, bringing together the clubs in the area for a celebration of a great season. I just hope the organisers of the two red letter days for cricket in the North-East will have the common sense, not to hold them on the same day. But that's just my opinion, I will of course adhere to whatever arrangement prevails, and cover both occasions for my various outlets.

wytbu8  Aug 26 2018 - 9:41pm   

Ending this splendid season of weather and achievement at all levels in the game with a celebratory day at the home of North-East cricket, is in my book, the perfect way to sign off, bringing together all the local partners, including Mannofield, Stoneywood-Dyce, Gordonians and not least the Grades.
The initiative, promoted by Dale De Neef, Aberdeenshire’s president to wind up a season of wonderful weather in which some quality cricket has been played will see the first playing of the T10 Challenge Cup on Sunday September 2.

wytbu8  Aug 22 2018 - 8:14pm   

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.
By Jack Nixon

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   
 
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