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At a meeting last night (Tuesday 24th July 2018) the Management Committee of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association discussed the factors which had led to its decision to re-arrange under Association Rule 16 the semi-final of the Aberdeenshire Cup between Inverurie and Stoneywood-Dyce, originally scheduled for Sunday July 22nd, with a reserve date of Sunday August 5th.
This is not a decision the Committee, by circulation, took lightly, and was made in full knowledge of the opposing views of the two clubs. The background to the impasse, as more fully outlined in an e-mail sent to both clubs, however made clear that Stoneywood-Dyce were committed to two fixtures, the player eligibility rules of which meant that only one could be fulfilled.
The easy decision would have been for the Committee to stand firm, or to decline to intervene, leading to a 50% chance that the semi-final of its premier competition would be scratched. Given however that its rules allow a pre-identified reserve date for each round of cup games, which precedent [including earlier this season] have employed to avoid clashes with other competitions at a national or regional level, the Committee unanimously took the view that postponing the fixture, despite the short notice and accepted inconvenience, was the way in which it could best defend the status and integrity of its Competition, as well as maximising the opportunities for teams from north-east cricket to secure national coverage through their success in other competitions .
Accordingly, it is now asking Inverurie to specify on which of the next 3 Sundays (July 29th, the original reserve date of August 5th, or August 12th) it would be willing, albeit reluctant, to fulfil this fixture, on the basis that the rules for player eligibility [having played 3 previous games at grade 1 level or below] governing Stoneywood-Dyce would be determined in relation to the original date of July 22nd. It has also forwarded to the two clubs a fuller explanation of the background, which resulted in this most unfortunate clash.
On behalf of the ACA Committee
Martin Auld, President

wytbu8  Jul 25 2018 - 6:55pm   

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. 

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   
 
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