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AGSFPs kept themselves in with a chance of winning a league and cup double after two good wins in Grade 1 and the Aberdeenshire Cup, but will need to go through the gears if they are to overhaul Bon Accord and Knight Riders in what is without exception, the most exciting title race in years.
But for me a trip to the most northerly outpost in Grades cricket made for a great Sunday out, although I did neglect to take my bucket and spade to sunny, hot Fraserburgh. The occasion was the semi-final of the Bon Accord Cup, the visitors were those most cheerful of sides, 2nd Knight Riders who as a club are making themselves many friends with their flair and generally good attitudes they bring to the sport. The home side who are in my book, one of the friendliest in the Grades, while also highly competitive at the same time. They also serve up a real mean tea. The game turned out to be highly entertaining, confirming for me that the old saying catches win matches is so true, and if the home side can carry the form of Sunday into the final, they will be nailed on certs to lift the cup on Sunday19th August
Two of the catches in particular held by the Broch side were fit to grace any occasion, and in the end of the day turned the game the way of the homesters. But the man of the afternoon was without doubt Chris Gospel whose sparkling 53 in the home total of 156 for five was a thing of beauty, before going on to claim five wickets for mere 12 runs, restricting the Groats Road side to 104 for nine. Mr Gospel embodied all that is good in cricket, playing with a smile on his face throughout the match, making for a good day out for me. And finally, a word of thanks to the young, friendly and polite volunteer who looked after my every need at the tea interval in the neat, tidy clubhouse where many a friendship has no doubt forged over the years. It was a pleasure to meet you. I am just sorry not to have picked up your name, but you'll go far in the catering industry if you have the mind to embark on such a career. 
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 23 2018 - 11:58am   

Knight Riders made the best of Grade 1 leaders Bon Accord not being in action, sending out a clear message that they are serious contenders for the title after easily taking out the challenge of Crescent at Groats Road. Nathan Thangaraj, the Crescent captain conceded his side's 123 had not been a challenging total, but said "Knight Riders bowled well, but we never really turned up. We'll need to come back strongly next week.'' The home side cruised home with six wickets in hand, led by a solid unbeaten 44 from Vikas Punia, while earlier in the afternoon Bijin Vijayaraj laid waste to the Crescent batting taking four for 31. AGSFPs kept up their challenge against Academy, easing to victory after bowling the home side out for 168 by four wickets. But the shock of the day was at the Allan Park where Cults almost certainly ended the title challenge of Inverurie, racing past the 183 scored by the visitors with four wickets in hand. The home hero was Geet Grover who racked up an impressive unbeaten 109 to steer his side home. In a tense affair at the Peoples Park, Stoneywood-Dyce scraped home by 14 runs, their 147 proving to be too much for Grampian who were bowled out for 133.
In the clash of the day in Grade 2, Gordonians were comfortable seven wicket winners at home to Fraserburgh after restricting the Brochers to 115 for eight wickets. In a close run thing Methlick just held off the challenge of 2nd Knight Riders easing through by one run.
In Grade 3, Dunecht's title challenge was stunted by 2nd Methlick who were nine wicket winners at the Cowdray Estate where Sean Choudry scored a splendid 81 not out.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 22 2018 - 12:02pm   

It's difficult to be in two places at once, something I tried to do last Saturday, frustrating myself no end by trying to take in the top match of the day in the Strathmore & Perthshire Cricket Union (SPCU) at Mannofield, while taking in the best of the action from the Links.
But while I am a regular visitor to the North-East's top ground, I can count on one hand the number of times, I have been at one of original venues of club cricket. In the end both visits, had their own appeal, not least being the opportunity to catch up with Falkland, the current leaders of the highly competitive SPCU. Having seen the start of the Mannofield game, I was then happy to make my way to the Links for the Grade 1 clash between Crescent and Mannofield, little knowing that in Crescent captain Nathan Thangaraj I was going to meet up with one of the truly nice guys of the Grades game. Nathan, made me more than welcome, introducing me to each and every member of his team, not that their opponents were any less accommodating, they just happened to be fielding for most of the time I was there, but over tea, I did catch up with some well kent faces from Mannofield. Among those I chatted to was that most prolific of run scorers Indika Yahathugoda who while having an off day with the bat still managed to grab the headlines, taking three for 24, but not enough to win the game for his side. The spoils went instead to the home side, thanks to superb knocks of 67 and 62 from Umair Qureshi and Sohaib Tahseen. Well done guys, a pleasure to watch. The consolation for the losers was the quality of their fielding, in particular their catching was out of this world, although on this occasion catches didn't win matches. All in all, a great afternoon, and while I am not prepared to take sides, I would not begrudge Crescent the Grade 1 title at the end of the season and will certainly watch them in action again. In fact, I might just pop along to Groats Road next Saturday to see them play Knight Riders, another of the title hopefuls. It will also be an opportunity to meet up with another of my favourite captains, Somu Kumarasamy who I know is quietly confident of landing the Grade 1 title. It promises to be a great contest, especially as both sides are so sensibly led, promising that it will be cricket that matters, and no distractions, apart from an excellent tea.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 15 2018 - 11:08pm   

There were expected victories for four of the top five teams in Grade 1, but a major shock for Inverurie the fifth of the title hopefuls who were soundly beaten by 134 runs by Stoneywood-Dyce at the Peoples Park. The home side clocked up an impressive 282 for the loss of six wickets before bowling out the Inverurie visitors for 148. League leaders Bon Accord racked up 330 for five at Allan Park which proved to be 205 runs too many for Cults who were bowled out for 125. Defending champions AGSFPs were easy five wicket winners away to Grampian easing past the home total to keep themselves hot on the trail of Bon Accord. There was also heavy scoring at Groats Road where second placed Knight Riders amassed 286 for six and then bowled Academy out for 166. At the Links Nathan Thangaraj captained Crescent to an impressive 149 run win at the expense of Mannofield in a highly competitive, but good humoured game on a fast, but tricky track on which batting was always an adventure. The home side batted first, clocking up a solid total of 288 all out before somewhat surprisingly bowling out Mannofield for 139. Thangaraj said ''This good win keeps us in touch in the title race. The guys are thoroughly enjoying our season. It's good to be in contention for the league.''
In Grade 2, leaders Ellon Gordon continued their winning ways, proving to be 173 runs too good for Aberdeen Super Kings, scoring 287 for seven and then going on to bowl the home side out for 104. But there was a shock for Gordonians who were beaten in a high quality game by Siyapa who ran out three wicket winners in 445 runs were scored.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 15 2018 - 10:27pm   

Grades Handbook v2.0 update now available, including umpire contact details, Cup matches updated on back pages etc. Can be downloaded from the Contents/Links or by clicking here

wytbu8  Jul 10 2018 - 10:18pm   

Having had regard to the number of fixtures scratched in Grade 3 this season, the Management Committee, in terms of its powers under Rule 26, has unanimously determined that a temporary dispensation from Note 2 to Rule 16 be permitted such that where two Grade 3 teams submit a joint application to re-schedule a league game, which might otherwise have been conceded, they can be exempted from the requirement that such a fixture can only count for points purposes if scheduled for the first available date, as defined under that Rule.
Applications for such re-scheduling for points purposes must however still be submitted for Management Committee approval within the timeframe currently required, and specify a definitive proposed date, which if approved will have the same status as a normally-scheduled fixture.  The Committee has further determined that, where such extra-statutory extension is granted, appearance in any such re-scheduled game will not be counted as a qualifying appearance for playing in the semi-final or final of the Reid Cup.
This relaxation applies for the current season and to Grade 3 only.
A programme of possible friendlies to replace the remaining league games involving clubs who have currently scratched a significant number of their games has also been drawn up, and will be circulated to Grade 3 clubs separately.
DM Jones
Hon Secretary

wytbu8  Jul 10 2018 - 4:13pm   

Aman Arora was the stand out player for the SPCU Select at the weekend when they beat their Aberdeenshire Grades counterparts in Forfar. The Gordonians captain stroked a classy unbeaten 52 as the SPCU Select eased to a convincing seven wickets win after restricting the Grades Select to 153 for the loss of seven wickets. Scott White (Inverurie) top scored with 29 for the Grades Select, but it was captain Tauqeer Malik (Bon Accord) who took his side to respectability with a late, belligerent, unbeaten knock of 23, although it was never enough, given the form of Arora who made batting look easy as the SPCU side cruised to victory.
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 9 2018 - 9:20am   

Bon Accord soared back to top of Grade 1, sending out a clear message to the other contenders in the title race that they will be the team to beat in this season's campaign. ''This was a very convincing win against a top class side who are after all, the current champions. We will be hard to displace now we are back at the top,'' said Tauqeer Malik, the Bon Accord captain. There was certainly evidence to suggest that Bon Accord are back at their best after their emphatic seven wicket at the expense of AGSFPs, the team they replaced at the head of affairs in one of the most fiercely fought title races in years. The AGSFPs total of 226 would on another day been a challenging one, but such was the ferocity of the Bon Accord reply that the target was reached in the 38th over. Not for the first time this season, Rob Swiergon, the AGSFPs captain, top scored with a responsible 67 against Bon Accord, only to come out second best once again, mainly due to a fine piece of bowling Varinder Sood who claimed five for 39. The visitor’s response was spearheaded by Akhlaq Bashir and Andy Win with respective knocks of 61 and 59 as they eased to what could be a season defining win. But while Bon Accord and AGSFPs were grabbing the headlines, Knight Riders were making their presence felt at Harlaw Road where they enjoyed a handsome nine wicket win at the expense of Mannofield. The Groats Road side set a respectable 262 to win, made light of the target, racing to victory on the back of an innings of 120 from Sivaganesan Palaniappan and an equally impressive unbeaten 91 from Madhan Mohan, taking the team to second place in the league. Inverurie and Crescent kept themselves in contention with 73 and 103 run wins against Academy and Stoneywood-Dyce, while in the relegation battle, Cults bowled Grampian out for 94 before rattling off the required runs for the loss of two wickets.
In Grade 2, Ellon Gordon amassed 340 for the loss of six wickets, and then bowled out 2nd AGSFPs for 100. In Fraserburgh, the home side racked up 269 for three, 120 of which was scored by Paul O'Neill. The Methlick response was 193 all out. Gordonians had the easiest of wins after bowling Stonehaven Thistle all out they raced to victory by 10 wickets. 2nd Knight Riders were narrowly beaten by Siyapa, falling 31 runs short of the visitors total of 220.
In the only game played in Grade 3, Portcullis notched up 156 for seven, 79 of which was scored by David Mitchell before going on to dismiss Crathie for 80, Mitchell again doing the damage, taking four 23, while Ross McKenzie returned three for three. 
By Jack Nixon

wytbu8  Jul 8 2018 - 6:07pm   

Sunday 8th July sees the Grades Select travel to Forfar for a match against the SPCU Select with a 1:00pm start. The players for Grades Select are Alex Keith, Eddie Steinson, Rob Swiergon, Karan Anand and Harry Mapplebeck (AGSFPs), Tauqeer Malik (Capt) and Akhlaq Bashir (Bon Accord), Ben Webb and Craig White (Ellon Gordon), Fraser Lawrence (Fraserburgh), Scott White (Inverurie) and for SPCU Select - Stuart Lister, Jack Mitchell, David Kidd and Jamie King (Stoneywood-Dyce), Aman Arora, Swapnil Rane (Capt) and Himanshu Saraswat (Gordonians), Matthew Simpson (Strathmore), Zahid Rasheed (Dundee High), Alan Neave (Meigle), Majid Rasheed (Dundee High).

wytbu8  Jul 6 2018 - 11:23pm   

Cricket Scotland are delighted to announce the first outdoor T10 Tapeball tournament. Led by community discussions the T10 Asia Blaze Cup will take place at Stirling County Cricket Club on Sunday 22nd July 2018 from 10:00am.

wytbu8  Jul 6 2018 - 2:02pm   

The Thistle Sports P&J and Duncan Cup 7s have now been scheduled for Wed 11th July at Harlaw and Rubislaw. Please find Fixtures under Contents/Fixtures/Thistle Sports 7s or click on the following link

wytbu8  Jul 4 2018 - 12:53pm   

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   

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)[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 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 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 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   
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