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At a recent meeting of the Competitions Committee, the current league structure of 10:10:6 was discussed. It was felt that having only 6 teams in Grade 3 was not sustainable, and we should look to move to a 10:8:8 structure for the 2020 season. With AKK withdrawing for 2019, we are left with a 10:9:6 structure, and the natural move would be towards a 10:8:7 set up

In the current climate, the chances of new teams entering in 2020 feels unlikely, so we must work with what we have, and look at the implications for promotion & relegation for this season.

Should we retain the current number of teams the following relegation and promotion positions would be expected -

Grade 1 Relegation - 2 Teams

Grade 2 Promotion - 2 Teams

Grade 2 Relegation - 2 Teams

Grade 3 Promotion - 1 Team

If the Grades see a further team drop out prior to the cut off date in January 2020, and the total number of teams drops down to 24, Grade 1 teams must be made aware, that the structure of Grade 1 will be reduced to 8 teams for 2020.

This would mean an 8:8:8 Grades structure for the 2020 season. This is felt to be the only fair way to move forward based on the lower grades continually re-structuring and Grade 1 remaining constant with 10 teams. It should be noted that the fixturing will be reviewed to ensure we maximise the Saturdays available.

To achieve the 8:8:8 structure, 3 teams would be relegated from Grade 1.

Grade 1 Relegation - 3 Teams
chris  Apr 23 2019 - 9:20am   
Academy Kemnay Kintore have been in touch to advise that due to an unexpected loss of players, they are no longer in a position to fulfil their fixtures for 2019.
Grade 2 will continue with 9 clubs, and whichever team was due to play Academy Kemnay Kintore will now have a free week. 
In the Bon Accord Cup quarter finals, Academy Kemnay Kintore were due to travel to the winners of a preliminary round match between Fraserburgh and Methlick. The match between Fraserburgh and Methlick will now become the quarter final match to be played on Sunday 26th May.
Cricketstats will be updated soon to reflect the changes to scheduled fixtures for Grade 2.
chris  Apr 22 2019 - 8:25am   
Less than two weeks before the season gets underway, and the game in the area has received a major boost with the news that Leanne Broadley of Fraserburgh has been called up to the Scotland Girls Under 17 squad for training in Edinburgh.
Leanne(16) who was last year's ACA Grades Junior of the Year has been rewarded for her hard work over the winter, much of it spent working on her fitness in the gym.
She now waits to see if she has made the Under 17 team, but in the meantime will be joining up with her team mates at the Broch for another season at Fraserburgh Links.
Personally, I am delighted for Leanne, boosting my own attempt to sponsor junior cricket in the area, and perhaps inspiring other youngsters to make their way in the game with the backing of their clubs.
For the third year, I will again be sponsoring the Junior of the Year Scheme and can now start planning the promotion with a new energy and enthusiasm brought on by the success of Leanne.
Later in the season, I shall be asking clubs to make their nominations for this year's competition. I look forward to your responses.
chris  Apr 15 2019 - 11:35am   
Many thanks to the 7 clubs who have sent in their contact details for this season. It would be appreciated if those who have yet to send a form in could look at this at their earliest opportunity. The Contacts Form can be downloaded from here
chris  Apr 12 2019 - 9:32am   
We are saddened to hear of the passing this past weekend of Graham Innes, latterly of Ellon Gordon Cricket Club. Graham started playing for Ellon 2nds in 1978 before graduating to the 1st XI in 1980 where he remained until 1996 when he left the area. A right hand bat and an excellent fielder who bowled on occasions, he was a member of the Ellon side that won the Small Clubs Cup in 1986. Graham had lived and worked in Perth latterly, and had been a well respected umpire, officiating for a few years in SPCU and CS cup matches. The thoughts of Ellon Gordon Cricket Club are with his family and friends at this sad time.
chris  Apr 8 2019 - 3:43pm   
Less than three weeks to go before the cricket season is upon us, although the less fainted in the English County game were well and truly up and running last week.
But for me the season will not have seriously started until I have heard bat on ball at the Links, either in Aberdeen or Fraserburgh, or felt the sun on my back at Groats Road, or for that matter at Sheddocksley.
Wherever, it matters not, as I am once again privileged to have been asked to write about the game as delivered by the NE Cricket SCIO(Aberdeenshire Cricket Association) for the third season by my lords and masters at the Journals, and just as importantly by this website.
I cannot of course put pen to paper in such a worthy cause, without hearing from you guys and girls who after run the sport, indeed it's your ball and therefore your game.
Bearing this in mind, I need to hear from each and every club in the grades before FRIDAY APRIL 19 about your ambitions for the season, even if it is only 30 words, in order that I can write a preview of the season the following week.
I can be contacted on or on 07879 648953.
Regardless, of how trivial, I want to hear from you about the progress your club,or individual is making, or intends to make. I already have a submission from Methlick Cricket Club informing me that their stand out late order batsman Deni Sarafimoski has been keeping his eye in by playing darts for his local team, notching up a cool 180 in the process, proving to be just as valuable in another sport as he is for the MCC up at Lairds.
So let's be hearing from you by my deadline of FRIDAY APRIL 19.
In the meantime, I shall be cobbling together some of my own views for this great game for publication in the run up to the season, subject of course to editorial control, not least my continuing support for the juniors in the game.
chris  Apr 8 2019 - 11:05am   

Please see the new playing rules for the 2019 season which have been attached below.

They can also be found under the contents section on the left hand side of the screen under Playing Rules 

chris  Apr 4 2019 - 10:52am   
chris  Apr 3 2019 - 2:20pm   
Come and join Aberdeenshire CC for a pre-season fundraiser in the company of current Cricket Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer.

Through an interview and Q&A, hosted in the Bradman Suite at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club, Kyle will provide an insight into his career and his views on the game past, present and future.

Tickets cost £15 per head including Supper of Stovies or Macaroni Cheese

Structure of the Evening
6:45pm - Doors will open
7:00pm - Meet and Greet with Kyle Coetzer
7:30pm - Structured Interview
8:15pm - Break for Supper
8:45pm - Q&A from the floor

Tickets Available from:
Kenny Reid
07812 599406
chris  Mar 22 2019 - 10:53am   

The following are the items of substance taken at the ACA Spring Meeting and inaugural NE Scotland Cricket SCIO members’ meeting held on 24th February 2019. 

A presentation was given by the Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland on current developments and future strategy.

It was announced that a collection to mark the completion of 40 years as ACA Secretary of David Jones had realised £300, the destination of which he was currently addressing.

Having consulted with Thistle Sports, and consulted the teams it Grade 1 in 2019, it was agreed to reinstate the previous higher specification of standard ball for that grade at an estimated additional cost of £3 per ball.  Existing stocks of the G2/G3 ball could be used by G1 clubs while these lasted, or re-sold by agreement to clubs in those grades.

Having investigated alternatives it was agreed that the Dinner for 2019 on November 1st remain at the current venue.  Transport from Aberdeen would be arranged if there was a demand for this. A possible speaker for the dinner was currently being investigated.

Player registration arrangements through Cricketstats would remain as in 2018.  The position regarding eligibility for players resident outside the UK in other countries of the EEA would be confirmed once an agreement was reached with the EU (or otherwise) on BREXIT.  The existing two data protection statements would be harmonised by the SCIO Board, and would be modified to allow disclosure of club contact details to ESCOA.

As the Association/SCIO would have only 26 playing teams in 2019, and was bound to an extent by previous rules, and the guidance given to Grade 2 clubs following the merger of Kemnay-Kintore with Academy, it had been decided that the structure of grades for 2019 would have to be 10:10:6.  Grade 3 would have 3 rounds of league games, with round 1 of the Reid Cup being on a round robin basis in 2 groups of 3, followed by a cross-over semi-final.  This guaranteed each side a  programme of 17 fixtures, and 18 for those clubs qualifying for the cup semi-final.  The high risk of this if any of the 6 teams failed to field a team  regularly was recognised, and the SCIO Board would be seeking to give notice before the season commenced whether, if the number of clubs remained unchanged, whether it favoured migrating to a 10:8:8 structure for 2020, with 3 down and 1 up between Grades 2 and 3, and cups reverting to Saturday, but with round 1 possibly being on a league cup basis, guaranteeing each team a minimum of 17 Saturday games [14 league and 3 cup] prior to the semi-final stage. Further consultation would take place on this. Fixtures would be added to cricketstats in due course.

chris  Mar 17 2019 - 10:03pm   
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