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With the weather forecast for Saturday improving fast hopes of play has drastically increased.  At Countesswells Gordonians welcome AGSFPs however they have to do without the services of Indy Pandit for this one.  AGSFPs will be delighted that Callum Herd is back to full fitness after shaking off a wrist injury.  Bon Accord and Ellon meet at the Links with Ellon desperately in need of some points in what is typically a low scoring ground.  Charles Wolrige-Gordon will be hoping to be back to his run scoring best in this one.  Inverurie vs Knightriders should be a classic on paper however the home side have to do without the services of Fraser Lawrance as he's attending a wedding of Fraserburgh legend and all round good guy Liam Bowie.  Mannofield and Cults face off at Hawlaw with Cults hoping to pickup another win in their race to beat the drop.  Ravi Mahajan was in form with the bat in their last game and he'll be hoping to continue where he left off.  Crescent are the visitors to Peoples Park to play Stoneywood Dyce and still have to make do without holidaying skipper Nathan Thangaraj.  Stoneywood Dyce's priorities might be changing with the Grades 11 safe and the SPCU first division side aiming for promotion to the Championship.

The top teams in Grade 2 meet at Sheddocksley on Saturday when Grampian and Siyapa come face to face.  A win for Siyapa surely makes it impossible for the chasing pack to catch them.  Banchory make the trip to Lairds where 2 slow bowling veterans Tim Wilkinson and Colin Addison will be pitting their wits against each other.  Stonehaven host Super Kings and the Super Kings batsmen will have to be at the top of their game when Clive Hinchliffe has the ball in hand.

In Grade 3 2nd Gordonians host Dunecht with both teams looking for some much needed points.  Crathie will be hoping to keep up the pressure on Portcullis at the top of the league when they welcome 2nd Grampian.  Portcullis entertain 2nd Methlick at Duthie Park knowing anything less than a win will open the door to Crathie.

chris  Jul 26 2019 - 3:54pm   

 

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chris  Jul 22 2019 - 11:37am   

Heavy rain washed out all but one of the fixtures for the past weekend, the only game to beat the weather was at Balmoral where Crathie defeated 2nd Methlick by 8 wickets.  Methlick's innings of 89 was largely indebted to 21 from Mark Woodhouse and 35 from Steve Murphy.  Rory Humphrey and Fergus MacLeod both picked up 4 wicket hauls with the ball then put together a 54 run unbeaten partnership with the bat to see Crathie home.

In the SPCU NE Championship, Meigle stretched their lead with an unexpectedly comfortable 6 wicket win over Falkland, and next Saturday welcome Gordonians who stumbled to a 5th defeat on the bounce at Dalnacraig. Gordonians batted first and were soon in trouble as the pace of the Rasheed brothers made batting tricky on a pitch with very low bounce. Aman Arora made 34 and Swapnil Rane 26 as Gordonians dug in to post 102 all out. The Dundee batsmen only needed 26 overs to record an 8 wicket win. 

Forfarshire 2nd XI beat Kinloch in the bottom of the table clash and the games at Mannofield and Strathmore were rained off.

In the Eastern Premier League only one match survived the weather, and Grange did Aberdeenshire a favour by hammering Stewarts Melville. In a match reduced to 22 overs, Grange smashed 262 for 2 with Ollie Hairs unbeaten on 179 as they completed a 100 run victory. 

chris  Jul 22 2019 - 8:21am   

With the SPCU deciding to schedule the 2 Counties Cup finals day this Saturday, this may well stretch the resources of Stoneywood-Dyce who will be looking to defend the aforementioned trophy, and put up a good showing at home against Grade 1 leaders Inverurie. The team batting first at Peoples Park has lost in all five Grade 1 matches at the venue this season.

AGSFPs may well be concerned about their trip to Allan Park, with the pitch a bit of a leveller, and hosts Cults having won 3 of their last 4 games. 

Bon Accord will be providing the teas as they play Crescent at Links. Crescent will still be without Nathan Thangaraj, and they will have to up their game after defeat to Gordonians last weekend if they are to have any chance of sneaking a surprise result.

Gordonians host Knight Riders at Countesswells minus Indy Pandit but with the addition of Sandy Richards and Jay Bhalani. Richards was in excellent form with the bat for the Gordos SPCU side last Saturday, and if he can bat for a while then this could be a close one.

The bottom 2 teams cross swords at Harlaw as Ellon travel to meet Mannofield. With only one half century between them this season this may be an opportunity for the bowlers to improve their averages. 

In Grade 2 Siyapa haven't met Methlick for over a year, and they had a narrow win with one over to spare in that encounter. Siyapa are running away with the Grade 2 title, but Methlick have the bowlers to take advantage of any team who get a little over excited by the short boundaries on offer at Lairds.

Stonehaven have only played three times on an artificial pitch in the last 2 seasons, and they have won them all, so taking on 2nd AGSFPs at Rubislaw shouldn't phase them. 

The earlier meeting between 2nd Knight Riders and Fraserburgh saw the Broch side record a 10 wicket win, but the chances of them repeating that sort of result at Groat Roads seem slim.

chris  Jul 19 2019 - 8:52am   

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
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