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Rain, or no rain, we had some great Grades cricket at the weekend, made all the better by some enterprising attitudes in the so called lower levels of the local of the game.
In Grade 1, Aberdeen Grammar confirmed they will be the team to beat, even if they had to rely on the rain calculator to see off the challenge of Knight Riders, leaving them the only side in the division with a 100% record, mainly due to a sparkling, but responsible half century from Karan Anand who held the innings together in the nine run win.
But the finish of the day was in the game at the Links where Crescent looked to have successfully chased down the 167 set by Inverurie, only to falter in the run in, leaving them an agonisingly one short, but making for good cricket, at least for neutrals.
Elsewhere, Bon Accord recorded their first win of the season, although they would be less than happy with their lowly total of 107 all out at the Allan Park, but relieved to bowl Cults out for only 57.
The worst defeat was at the Gordon Park where newly promoted Ellon Gordon were dismissed for a mere 27 in which six home batsmen failed to score, while left hander bowler Jon Grant had a field day for Stoneywood - Dyce, taking seven wickets for 13.
The other promoted team, Gordonians had a much better day, restricting Mannofield to 147 for nine, before rattling off the runs for the loss of only one wicket.
The most enterprising exercise of the day was at the Burnett Park where Banchory and Grampian’s Grade 2 match got underway at 10.30 to ensure the game beat the incoming rains, this they did with something to spare, as the visitors eased home by 79 runs.
Not to be outdone in Grade 3, Portcullis and Crathie agreed their game should be a 30 per side one, which in the event turned out to be a cracker with Portcullis reaching 91 for the loss of seven wickets before containing Crathie, leaving the Balmoral side four runs short in a thrilling encounter.
chris  May 27 2019 - 10:45am   
It is with much sadness that we note the death on Thursday 23rd May 2019 of Pat Walker.  Pat was President of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association for 2001 and 2002 and played nearly all his cricket for Kintore Cricket Club. On behalf of the NESC SCIO and all players past and present we send condolences to Phyllis his wife and sons Craig and Roy and their families.  An appreciation will be posted in due course.
chris  May 27 2019 - 8:18am   
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chris  May 23 2019 - 4:34pm   
Inverurie will continue their defence of the Aberdeenshire Cup at the Peoples Park on Sunday where they meet Stoneywood-Dyce, boosted no doubt by their comprehensive win in the same competition at the expense of top side Knight Riders two weeks ago.
But Chris Watson’s side will not be underestimating the home side who are just one of the sides capable of springing a surprise in the most prestigious of the Grades competitions, and still the most coveted award on offer.
Cults will also be hoping to put an early end to the league and cup double hopes of visitors Aberdeen Grammar at the Allan Park, while at the Links home advantage will count for nothing as both Bon Accord and Crescent are users of one of the oldest venues in the history of the North - east game. A hard to call one, as is the game between Mannofield and Gordonians.
It’s also a day of for the cup in Grade 2 where they some attractive fixtures, and equally difficult games to forecast, including the Fraserburgh versus Methlick at the Links where the Lairds side might just fancy their chances against the home side who have yet to kick start their season, although the spur of being the holders might just be enough to get the Broch team on the move.
Siyapa, look to be the paper favourites to lift the Bon Accord Cup, but with home advantage, Grampian might just have other ideas.
But the tie of the day in this cup competition could be the closest fought one at Stonehaven where Thistle face 2nd Grammar, the current Grade 2 leaders.
All in all, a day to cherish with thrills and spills ensured in both the Aberdeenshire and Bon Accord Cups.
chris  May 23 2019 - 4:32pm   

 

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chris  May 21 2019 - 2:59pm   
After the rains of last weekend which wiped out the entire cricket schedule, there will great relief among all three grades should there be some action this Saturday.
There is certainly no lack of quality on offer starting in Grade 1 where the top two teams clash at Rubislaw, ensuring that either Aberdeen Grammar or Knight Riders will lose their unbeaten record, giving third placed Inverurie the chance push into the title race.
But then the Kellands Park side will have to first see off considerable challenge of Crescent who it should be recalled gave Grammar a run for their money two weeks ago, losing out by only 20 runs.
Nothing should be taken for granted in these top of the table clashes with as pointed out last week by Grammar captain Rob Sweirgon much depending on the mind set of teams, while Inverurie skipper Chris Watson makes a case for fearing no one after their weekend double the previous week.
Good attitudes, allied to self belief win games, not to mention titles, and on that basis Knight Riders have in Somu Kumarasamy one of the best.
The same could be said of Nathan Thangaraj at Crescent, so in other words I am hedging my bets, and have certainly not written off the prospects of Bon Accord, although who could imagined nearing the month of June and the Bons not having won a game.They will certainly not have things all their way at the Allan Park on Saturday, now Aqeel Ajaz is back in charge of the Cults side.
Elsewhere in the top flight,newcomers Ellon Gordon will be keen to break their duck, and under the inspired leadership of Ben Webb will fancy their chances at home to Stoneywood - Dyce, while the other promoted side, ASI Gordonians might expect to get a good outcome away to Mannnofield.
In Grade 2, Methlick will be bidding to take advantage of leaders 2nd Aberdeen Grammar not being in action when the take on 2nd Knight Riders at Groats Road.
chris  May 21 2019 - 2:58pm   
After all the thrills and spills of last weekend, another day of intensive action is on the cards in Grade 1, starting at Rubislaw where unbeaten leaders Aberdeen Grammar take on Inverurie, last week two win heroes in league and Aberdeenshire Cup.
It may be far too early to talk about season defining games, although a win for either side would certainly give them a huge advantage to build on. I'm not in the business of predicting who will win, and would rather listen to the two captains going into Saturday's big clash.
Rob Sweirgon, the Grammar skipper said: ''We are looking forward to this one, especially after Inverurie's feats last weekend, but my lads have a positive mindset, and looking to open up a gap over the rest of the field early on in the season.'' His opposite number at the Kellands Park, Chris Watson was in equally bullish support of his troops and said:''After last week's wins against Bon Accord, and Knight Riders, arguably two of the best teams in league, we have nothing to fear from anyone.''
But while the game of the day is attracting the most attention, it would be foolish to write off a number of other teams who could be in at the kill come the end of the season, including defending champions Bon Accord who will be keen to get back to winning way at the Links where they meet newcomers Gordonians.
The prospects of Knight Riders should certainly not be played down, particularly as the Groats Road side are the only other side with a 100% record, along with Grammar in the division, and will be keen to come to grips with Mannofield at Harlaw.
Crescent are also an aspiring side who could prove to be the dark horses in the title race, as witness their close run thing against high flying Grammar last weekend, and will be all out to make their point at Gordon Park where they meet newly promoted Ellon Gordon who having played twice last weekend will have had some good batting and bowling practice.
chris  May 16 2019 - 1:41pm   
The game of cricket as we all well know, is one in which people can do themselves serious bodily harm, including getting hypothermia and frost bite in the early part of the season, but just occasionally, the ball has played its part of inflicting damage on participants.
If you don't believe me just ask Chris Watson, the Inverurie captain who in Saturday's closely fought Grade 1 clash with Bon Accord, top edged a hook shot into the side of head, poleaxing him, and forcing him to leave the field of play.
But nothing deterred our Kellands Park hero recovered sufficiently to resume batting later in the home side's innings, marking his return with a spanking cover drive for four, enabling his side to reach 185  from their allocation of 45 overs. A total opponents reigning champions, Bon Accord were unable to hunt down, falling short by the small margin of 10 most of which were accumulated by captain courageous Chris in his second visit to the crease.
But just in case you think the home captain was the only star in this first class, close encounter, you would be wrong.
Once again the Bons proved that even without the services of Malik and Andy Win, they have some outstanding players, not least being opening bowler and batsmen, Fazal Awan who can turn matches with his moments of magic, including a tidy spell of bowling, followed by a near perfect half century to set up the possibility of a win.
The fact, the Bons did not win was in part due to a quality unbeaten knock of 84 from Inverurie's Trevor Norval who stroked his way to one of the best performances you might see this season, and the cornerstone of the home innings.
I am, however, not forgetting the home bowling attack who superbly contained the Links side's victory charge.
In particular, the tight bowling of George Hadden, Alan Johnston was a thing to behold, while Jordan Thom became an Inverurie legend overnight with his figures of four for 22.
chris  May 12 2019 - 10:28pm   
Only two weeks into the new season, and already the lure of league and cup action is upon us, no more so than at the Kellands Park where Inverurie face a testing two days, starting with the visit of champions Bon Accord on Saturday in Grade 1, followed by an early defence of the Aberdeenshire Cup when Knight Riders come calling on Sunday.
Inverurie's new captain looked forward to the weekend of wall to wall cricket, but said:''It's a tough weekend for us, especially after losing on the road at Knight Riders in the league last week, while we know the challenge the Bons will bring under the astute leadership of Andy Win, but with a near full strength team, and home advantage, these are games we need to win, if we are to be up there at the end of the season pushing for honours.''
Elsewhere in Grade 1, Ellon Gordon, and Gordonians, the two new promoted sides meet on cup business at the Gordon Park on Sunday, but not before they meet Knight Riders and Cults respectively on Saturday.
Stoneywood - Dyce host a game with Mannofield, and Crescent have the formidable task of dousing the fire of Aberdeen Grammar who have made the best of starts, winning their first two games in some style.
In Grade 2, leaders 2nd Aberdeen Grammar who also have 100% record are at home to 2nd Knight Riders, while Methlick travel to Aberdeen where they take on the Super Kings, and Siyapa are at home to Fraserburgh.
But the biggest celebrations of the day could be in Stonehaven should Tim Wilkinson, Banchory's grand old man of cricket, score the 17 runs he requires to reach 10,000 runs in Grades cricket. No pressure there then Tim!
In Grade 3, something must give at Cowdray Park where the two teams with 100% records, Dunecht and Crathie meet. 2nd Gordonians meet Portcullis at Countesswells, and finally 2nd Methlick play host to 2nd Grampian on a day in which the sun will s
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