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Thistle sports have taken delivery of a new stock of match balls for Grade 2 & 3, the new Grade 1 balls haven't arrived yet due to a problem with the manufacturer but these are expected to arrive next week and an update will be put on the website when they are available.  Last season's match balls can continue to be used in Grade 1 in the meantime.
chris  Apr 25 2019 - 9:11am   
The sun promises to shine, the teams have been confirmed, and hopes are high for teams in all three Grades setting out on another season of cricket in the area.
For despite the loss of another team in the structure, I believe it will be a season to savour, not least in Grade 1 where some cracking fixtures are set to launch another season of fiercely fought games.
For starters, the clash of Gordonians and Ellon Gordon, the two newly promoted teams, is one to set the pulses racing at Countesswells with both sides bidding to make a strong start in the top flight of the Grades.
Champions, Bon Accord will also want to make the best starts at home to Mannofield, but might just find the visitors in the mood to launch a title bid of their own.
Whatever the outcome in this one, it is only to be hoped that Tauqeer Malik of the home side will soon be able to take his place in the team after his recent illness.
At Kellands Park, Inverurie will hope get their campaign off to the best of starts, and are in my book one of the major contenders for the title, although opponents Cults will be no pushovers. Knight Riders and Crescent two of the most improved teams in the division meet at Groats Road where a win might just spark off a title challenge, as will the game at the Peoples Park where Stoneywood - Dyce will be keen to put an early spoke in the title of hopes of Aberdeen Grammar who will once again be led by Rob Swiergon who captained to the Grade 1 championship two years ago.
There are numerous, exciting possibilities in Grade 2, including promoted Banchory’s venture to Rubislaw where no doubt 2nd Grammar will be raring to, bidding to get places in their ambitious first team.
No less interesting is the home game of Grampian who are likely to be pushing for honours against a Fraserburgh side who narrowly missed out on going up last season, but might just be affected by the forthcoming marriages of key players Liam Bowie and Christoper Gospel.
Stonehaven will also fancy themselves to be in the title mix, but are likely to find Siypya in similar mood at Mineralwall Park.
The clash of Aberdeen Super Kings and 2nd Knight Riders is also vital to both sides if they are to get their respective campaigns off to flying starts.
In the meantime Methlick will be left kicking their heels before they can launch their season after the withdrawal from the league of Academy/Kintore/ Kemnay.
Grade 3 fixtures are no less exciting with the ever ambitious Portcullis entertaining 2nd Grampian, but minus Bob Adie who has hung up his cap while Dunecht are at home to 2nd Methlick.
And last but not least, Countesswells will be a busy place as not only are Ellon Gordon visiting the well appointed playing fields, Crathie are making their regal way there to meet 2nd Gordonians.
chris  Apr 24 2019 - 9:49am   
We are very saddened to hear that Steven Lings passed away on 15th April. He was only 38. Steven joined Turriff in 2013 and was a very popular and valued member of the club, captaining the side in 2016. Since then he has played for Crescent, keeping his teammates entertained no matter the state of the game, and his loss will be deeply felt. 
The thoughts of the Grades cricketing community are with his friends and family at this sad time.
Steve's funeral it to be held on Wednesday 8th May at 11:30am at Blyth Crematorium, Cowpen Road, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 5SZ.
chris  Apr 24 2019 - 8:32am   
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   
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