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As the cricketing world was gripped by events at Lords, and just how close a cricket match can be, it's virtually neck and neck at the top of Grade 1 as AGSFPs were beaten in a high scoring match by Bon Accord, and slipped 1 point behind Inverurie who defeated Mannofield at Harlaw. 

Bons batted first at Rubislaw, and a Fazal Awan century and an unbeaten 49 from Akhlaq Bashir helped them to an impressive 271 for 6. Karan Anand made 70 and Arul Senthil 68 as Grammar gave it a real go, but it was Awan taking 4 for 44 that stalled the run chase and gave Bons a 12 run victory. One more wicket for Grammar and the extra bonus point would have seen them level at the top with Inverurie, who had to overcome a slightly stronger Mannofield side than they would have expected. The SPCU match between Arbroath and Mannofield was an early morning casualty, but the added experience in the top order for Mannofield could not get to grips with Messrs Lawrence and Coutts who took 3 wickets apiece to restrict Mannofield to 107 for 8 in their 45 overs. 3 early wickets for Indy Yahathugoda must have had Inverurie in a bit of a sweat, but Trevor Norval and Jordan Thom weathered the mini storm and accelerated over the finishing line in only 22 overs.

Stoneywood-Dyce were indebted to the experience of Martin Reid and Mike Louw who scored 32 and 31 respectively as they were all out for a fairly pedestrian 114 at Groats Road. Knight Riders would have fancied their chances of knocking off the runs, but Jon Grant took another cheap 4 wicket haul, and Louw also got amongst the wickets to bowl SDCC to a 23 run win.

It's tight at the top and nerve wracking at the bottom as the movers and shakers did some moving and shaking. It's rarely fun batting at Sheddocksley and Jamil Shaikh and Indy Pandit put runs on the board slowly as Gordonians scored 146 from 45 overs against Crescent, who then succumbed to an unexpected 6 for 29 from Debo Barman as they crumbled to 97 all out. Gordonians moved out of the bottom 3 as Cults moved up a place at the expense of Ellon, who they skittled out for 81, a score they knocked off without losing a wicket.

chris  Jul 16 2019 - 8:05am   

With 7 Saturdays left of the season it is still all to play for at both ends of the Grade 1 table. This Saturday sees a huge clash at Rubislaw as AGSFPs host Bon Accord. Bons are on a 4 game unbeaten run, and a creditable performance in the cup against SPCU opposition last Sunday will give them confidence as they face a Grammar outfit packed with all their big guns. 

With Links turned in to a caravan site, the Crescent v Gordonians match has been moved to Sheddocksley. Gordos have struggled with the bat of late, and were comfortably beaten by Crescent in the reverse fixture, but playing on an unfamiliar pitch might make this match a little closer than the last encounter.

The previous match between Knight Riders and Stoneywood-Dyce gave the former a 1 wicket win in a match dominated by bowlers, but on the artificial pitch at Groats Road, batsmen may find runs easier to come by, so don't rule out SDCC turning the tables in what should be a nail biter.

Winless Mannofield welcome Inverurie to Harlaw with the visitors hoping a slip up next door from AGSFPs will allow them to ascend to the top of the table again. Cults travel to Ellon knowing that a convincing win would see them exit the bottom three at the expense of their hosts, so an interesting day ahead in Grade 1.

In Grade 2, Burnett Park sees Banchory looking to narrow the gap on fellow strugglers 2nd Knight Riders. The latter beat the league leaders last week and could jump a couple of places if they win. Stonehaven and Grampian lock horns at Mineralwell Park in what should be a closely fought match, but the result will depend on whether the top Stonehaven bowlers can subdue the on form Grampian batsmen. At Duthie Park, Siyapa will be looking to bounce back from a surprise defeat last Saturday, and 2nd AGSFPs, who are on a miserable run, may well be just what they need to restore promotion momentum. 

Fraserburgh have a busy weekend as Methlick visit on Saturday, and they travel to 2nd AGSFPs on Sunday. It's been a topsy turvy season for the Broch, and 2 wins would do them the power of good. 2 defeats and they could slip in to relegation trouble!

chris  Jul 12 2019 - 8:07am   

News has reached us that former Grades umpire Ken Hughes has passed away.  Ken was one of the neutral umpires in the noughties after moving to the area, and was held in high esteem by players and his umpiring colleagues.  Ken was always on hand with some advice or more importantly an extra strong mint or a fruit pastille. As a proud Welshman it was rumoured that Ken was responsible for at least half of the wickets that Richard Greenfield took during this period but I feel obliged to set the record straight here.  It was more like two thirds of them!  Even after Ken hung up the umpires jacket he could still be found watching games either on his own or with his close friend Joe Scott.  Thoughts are with his family at this sad time. 

chris  Jul 9 2019 - 10:21am   
AGSFPs blew away Mannofield at Rubislaw on Saturday, Karan Anand picked up 4 wickets for only 5 runs then Alec Keith scored 22 of the required 42 runs to help them to an 8 wicket victory.  Crescent and Cults provided the closest game in Grade 1 with Crescent winning by 3 runs in a day which was definitely one for the bowlers with Rahul Meghani taking 4 for 28 for Cults then Vineet Khanna followed up with 4 of his own for 30. Inverurie defeated Ellon by 7 wickets at Kellands Park, Ellon captain Ben Webb making 43 then Richard Greenfield chipped in with a quickfire 33. Andy Burr was Inverurie's top wicket taker with 3 for 10. In reply Mark Strachan almost saw Inverurie home in compiling 68 but left it up to Scott White who dispatched Greenfield over long on for 6 to finish on 42 not out for Inverurie.  
It was a day for the left handed batsmen at Groats Road as Bon Accord saw off Knightriders by 6 wickets. Pelhaj Tenneti scored exactly 50 not out from the 121 that Knightiders made as the Bashir brothers shared 5 wickets, then in reply Rehan Haider scored 60 not out as Bon Accord cruised home.  Jordan Squire had a day to remember for Stoneywood Dyce first taking 4 for 16 as Gordonians crashed to 100 all out with only Chamila Perera showing any resistance with 34. Then opening the batting Squire made 40 not out along with Stuart Lister who scored 41 not out to lead Stoneywood Dyce home by 10 wickets.

Banchory's battle against the drop didn't go to plan against Super Kings. Despite restricting the visitors to 125 all out with Magesh Devendran top scoring with 44 runs, Super Kings were in inspired form with the ball as Mausam Thapa ripped through the Banchory line up taking 7 for 14 from his 10 overs although Carl Counsell added some respectability to the score with 37 of the 60 that Banchory made. Jeby George scored the days only century scoring 107 in Grampians 241 against 2nd AGSFPs, Josino Aluvathingal also scored a half century in making 67.
chris  Jul 8 2019 - 10:58am   
Attached is the financial statement for Aberdeenshire Cricket Association for the period from 1 November 2018 to 24 February at which date the ACA was wound up and was subsequently replaced by NESC SCIO
chris  Jul 8 2019 - 10:34am   
chris  Jul 8 2019 - 10:32am   
This weekend Mannofield hop over the wall from Harlaw to Rubislaw to take on league leaders AGSFPs.  With Rob Swiergon unavailable Grammar will be led by the leagues top run scorer Karan Anand.  Crescent entertain Cults at the Links in a game where where they will have to do without their inspirational captain Nathan Thangaraj due to holiday commitments, and his team will have to contend with Mauzzam Ali who put Inverurie to the sword last weekend.  Ellon make the short trip to Inverurie where they welcome back Stephen Reid for his first game in a few years, but they are missing Jon Barrett and Ross Wade.  Inverurie are without in form batsman Steve Morrison although are expected to welcome back Scott White.  Knightriders and Bon Accord come head to head at Groats Road in a game which could well and truly go either way. Prasanth Malireddy and Bijin Vijayaraj will be hoping to make inroads into the experienced Bons top order.  Stoneywood-Dyce will start as favourites at home to Gordonians who went through the whole of June without a league win.

In Grade 2 relegation threatened Banchory host Super Kings who have given up home advantage for this encounter.  Sean Hicks and Mark Herbert could do some damage with the bat while Chetan Aggrawal has been in fine form for Super Kings this season.  Grampian welcome 2nd AGSFPs to Sheddocksley and in Johnson Varghese, Grampian have a real match winner, although Aman Sood is more than capable for 2nd AGSFPs.  The most tightly contested game in the league could well be at Lairds where Methlick play Stonehaven. Methlick are missing a combined 150 years of experience as Stuart Anderson and Colin Addison are missing this one. League leaders Siyapa and 2nd Knightriders meet at Duthie Park and when Muhammad Shahid has the ball in his hand the opposition batsman are quaking in their boots as he's already 8 wickets clear of his nearest rival at the top of the wicket taking charts.

Its the semi final stage of the Reid Cup and Dunecht travel to Balmoral to play Crathie.  Dunecht captain Steve Derrett will be trying his best to lead his side to finals day, however in Mike Baldry Crathie have an all rounder capable of influencing the game with bat and ball.
chris  Jul 5 2019 - 10:09am   
Thunder and lightning on Saturday brought the rain calculator in to play in a lot of games and deprived some late order batsmen of the chance to be heroes. 

Cults was the scene of the biggest surprise of the day, where the home side batted batted through their 45 overs to post 159 for 8. Mauzzam Ali top scored with 46 before becoming one of 3 victims for the wily Chris Watson. Steve Morrison made 44 for Inverurie, but nobody else got in to double figures as Mauzzam took 4 for 20 before the rain calculator gave Cults a 20 run win. Inverurie drop off the top of the league to be replaced by AGSFPs who had a convincing 95 run rain calculator win over Stoneywood-Dyce. Seeing out the bowling of Jon Grant proved the recipe for success as 81 from Alex Keith and 51 from Fraser Proud helped AGSFPs to 217 as Mike Louw took 3 wickets to clean up the tail. Having failed with the bat, Karan Anand took 4 for 19 to knock the stuffing out of the SDCC reply, but a valiant unbeaten 37 from Martin Reid kept the match alive until the weather arrived.

Abhinav Kache hit a half century as Crescent dismissed Knight Riders for 168 off the final ball of the 45th over with Anjum Toor picking up 4 for 33. Nathan Thangaraj made 28 but nobody else could make more than 6 as Crescent slipped to a 99 run drubbing. Stuart Davies and Ben Webb were the top contributors with the bat as Ellon totalled 155 for 9 against Gordonians. The latter crumbled to 42 all out as Jonathan Barrett took 4 for 10. High total of the day went to Bon Accord who had centuries from Shakeel Ahmed and Akhlaq Bashir in their score of 355 for 5 against 9 man Mannofield, who must have initially been happy to remove Fazal Awan for a duck. Varinder Sood took 4 for 25 to scuttle out Mannofield for 63.

In Grade 2, Siyapa stretched their lead at the top without playing as Stonehaven couldn't raise a side.
chris  Jul 3 2019 - 8:03am   
So we reach the half way point of the season where the weather has been largely disappointing so far but we finally appear to have hit a heatwave and are looking forward to a full weekend of cricket. 

In Grade 1 Inverurie are moving through the season well and currently sitting top of the league just ahead of AGSFPs, travel to Allan Park to face a Cults team coming off the back of their first win of the season, and they will be hoping that local knowledge can guide them to another victory, but for sure Inverurie will put up a fight on a wicket that has been deemed the worst in the grades by many this season. 

AGSFP’s will be looking to get another win under their belts as they take on thriving Stoneywood-Dyce at Rubislaw. Some of the league’s best performers will be on show and this could be the pick of the games in the top league this weekend.   

Crescent face the challenge of Knight Riders at the Links, a result for either team will certainly strengthen their title chance as they sit 3rd and 4th in the league. Again this encounter should be a good one and with the weather set, a sunny Links could be a great place to be this Saturday. 

An up and coming and wonderfully youthful Mannofield side take on the Old Guard in Bon Accord at Harlaw. This encounter is a must win for Bon Accord for them to get their season back on track. Mannofield, heavily reliant on captain Indy Yathathugoda, will put everything in Bon Accords way as they look for their first win of the season. 

Ellon face off against their promotion rivals from last season Gordonians at the Gordon Park. Gordonians will not be at full strength and this could be a difficult game for them as both teams look to secure their place in Grade 1 for next season. 

In Grade 2 top of the table Siyapa were due to travel to Stonehaven but unfortunately the Mineralwell Park side have had to scratch which allows Siyapa to pickup 30 points without having to get their whites dirty. 

Fraserburgh host Grampian this weekend in another seaside fixture.
chris  Jun 27 2019 - 2:01pm   
It was all change at the top of Grade 1 as Inverurie and AGSFPs had polar opposite batting performances. Inverurie posted 284 without losing a wicket as Steve Morrison scored 170, and George Hadden a slightly more sedate 94 against Mannofield. Watson and Coutts took a couple of wickets each to bowl Mannofield out for 135 and take the Kellands Park side to the top of the table. This was at the expense of AGSFPs who must have been quite happy to reduce Bon Accord to 77 for 7 at Links, only for the floodgates to open as Usman Khan bailed Bons out with his 54 taking the total to 147. Poosappadi and Mapplebeck took 3 wickets apiece for AGSFPs, but Ashfaq Bashir, Awan and Mirza also took 3 wickets apiece for Bons, but at very little cost as Grammar were shot out for 38. 
68 from Nathan Thangaraj helped Crescent reach 192 for 7 against ASI Gordonians, who responded with a disappointing 80 all out. Vineet Khanna was amongst the wickets again as his 3 for 10 kept Crescent at the head of the chasing pack in the league table. Vijay Vijayapur took 4 for 7 to rattle out Stoneywood-Dyce for 66, but Jon Grant produced even better figures as his 6 for 14 saw the first 5 Knight Riders batsmen amass 2 runs between them. Abhinav Kache restored some sanity to proceedings with 24 as Knight Riders stumbled to a one wicket win. 
Cults registered their first league win of the season at home to Ellon, their 170 for 8 an excellent score at Allan Park these days. Ellon needed a big knock from at least one of the triumvirate of Davies, Veldsman and Barrett to get anywhere near the Cults total, but it was left to Billy Turner to top the scoring with 30 as Ellon were all out for 130.
Agha Haider made 64 for 2nd AGSFPs, before becoming yet another victim for Muhammad Shahid whose 4 for 23 saw the Rubislaw side all out for 143. Shahid now has 23 wickets for the season, 8 clear of the next wicket taker in the league.
chris  Jun 25 2019 - 7:59am   
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