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Burnett Park, Banchory
Annual general meeting
Congratulations to Wajahat Ali for winning the ACA Grade 2 batting prize, scoring 733 runs in the league with a remarkable average of 73.3.
The 1st and 2nd XI season averages are now available under the Stats section
Banchory 1st XI had already been assured promotion to grade one so this match up against Gordonians was of little importance. The game was a close fought encounter and the visitors lost out by just 3 runs. The full match report can be read here. The team have had a fantastic season and fully deserved their promotion to Grade one.
Banchory left frustrated
Banchory's 1st XI were left waiting to confirm promotion after their away game against Huntlywas called off due to rain, perhaps a little prematurely given the subsequent late afternoon sunshine, after just nine balls. If they win next week against Gordonians they will be assured of a return to Grade 1 regardless of what Fraserburgh do. The 2nd XI finished their season in mid-table after a frustrating draw against Aberdeen Grammar's 3rd XI, just failing to take the last wicket in time (full report here).
Banchory close in on promotion to Grade 1
Banchory's 1st XI are within a couple of points of ensuring promotion back to Grade 1 after a hard fought victory over Crescent. The full match report can be read here.
Unfortunately, the 2nd XI continued their poor run of form and were emphatically beaten by a Kemnay-Kintore side striving for promotion themselves (full report here).
Mixed fortunes for Banchory
Banchory's 1st XI got their promotion push back on track with a winning draw against Crathie at Burnett Park. Wajahat Ali and Itaz Virk led a strong all round batting performance and, whilst they were unable to bowl Crathie out, they still took all 30 points. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nd XI, by contrast, had a horrible batting weekend and were thrashed on Saturday by Mannofield 2nds in the League (full report here) and then again on Sunday by Aberdeen Grammars' 2nd XI in the Reid Cup. The latter match was dominated by a superb 188 by Keiron Whyte as Grammar stormed to 312 for 8 off 40 overs whilst Banchory limped to 93 all out off 30 overs: a complete mismatch as the scores suggest!
Banchory 1st XI lost a very winnable game against Fraserburgh, largely due to a poor fielding and batting display and, as result, need to get back to winning ways quickly to ensure promotion next year. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nd XI had a week off due to Gordonians 3rd XI voiding their remaining fixtures.
Banchory completed an easy victory against a very youthful Cults-Artisans side. Cults set a decent total of 201 on the hard Burnett Park wicket. Scott Anderson scoring an very impressive 123 not out. However Banchory's openers, Wajahat Ali (94 not out) and Sean Hicks (87 not out), chased down the runs in just 19 overs as the visitors youngsters struggled. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nd team played out a high scoring draw against Turriff. Fielding first the visitors found it tough going as twoTurriff batsmen made half centuries to contribute to their teams total of 275 for 8. Banchory successfully made the 207 they needed to force a draw. Steve Redpath (142 not out) broke the record for the highest individual score for a Banchory player in the process with a superb knock. The full match report can be read here.
1sts unluckily draw, 2nds suffer another loss
Banchory hit 225 off 42 overs to set a challenging total for visitors Stoneywood. Wajahat Ali (79) and Sunil Chikkana (61) both hit half centuries. However a number off missed chances allowed their opponents to reach the 75% of the runs needed to draw the game. The full match report can be read here.
A ten man 2nd team suffered a second heavy league defeat in a row as they were comprehensively beaten by Portcullis at Duthie Park. Portcullis knocked off the 75 runs they needed to win with the loss of just two wickets. The full match report can be read here.
2nd XI through to Reid Cup semi-finals
The 2nd team produced a superb display to reach the semi-finals of the Reid Cup as they beat a good Academy side at Burnett Park. Banchory scored 185 off their 40 overs. John Ambrose hitting a very important 49. The hosts then bowled and fielded extremely well to reduce the runs, with every bowler doing their bit to bowl out the opposition for 156 in a very exciting game. Banchory will face 2nd AGSFP's in the semi final. The full match report can be read here.
1sts cling on for draw as 2nds heavily defeated
The 1sts managed to scrape a draw against table topping Knightriders thanks to some dogged batting from Sandy Richards. Knightriders posted a large total of 283 with centuries coming from Nishad (110) and Rowan (103 not out). The visitors then managed to hold out for the draw after a mid order collapse. The full match report can be read here.
Meanwhile the second team were heavily beaten by 2nd Knightriders. Fielding first Banchory did a good job but just let the opposition slip away at the end with some big hitting as the visitors posted 234 off 42 overs. The run chase went very poorly apart from John Ambrose's superb 80, as the hosts middle and low order were skittled out for 137. The full match report can be read here.
Banchory victorious again
The 1st team continued their brilliant form as they saw off Fraserburgh at Burnett Park. Banchory scored a slightly below par 189 off 46 overs. Sam Rotheram (53) hit his fourth half century of the season. Fraserburgh then folded scoring just 118 as the hosts completed a 71 run victory. Rotheram, Zac Crawley and Noby Jacob all took three wickets each. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nd teams game was cancelled as 2nd Stonehaven scratched.
1sts cruise to win vs Caledonain whilst 2nds beat 2nd Ellon in close encounter
The 1st team enjoyed an easy victory against Caledonian at Duthie Park. Banchory bowled the opposition out for just 144, Noby Jacob taking an important 4 for 34. Rotheram (53) and Hicks (31) both helped to see Banchory to victory. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nd team won their third league game in an exciting match against 2nd Ellon. Batting first Ellon scored 215 and declared after 42 overs. G Galt scoring 83. Half centuries from Itav Virk (57) and Sam Morris (68 not out) saw the home side to a last over win. The full match report can be read here.
Ex-Banchory youngster selected for Scotland U15s
Niall Critchley, an ex-Banchory junior, has been selected to play for Scotland U15s vs Durham this Sunday. This is a brilliant achievement for Niall and Banchory Cricket Club wishes him all the best for the game and for the future.
Superb Wajahat helps Banchory to victory
Wajahat Ali (134) and Sunil Chikkanna (83) put on a 225 run partnership as Banchory's good run of form continued against a youthful Huntly side. After scoring a record breaking 289 for 5, the home team bowled out the opposition for 137 completing a 152 run victory despite dropping a hatful of chances. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nds Reid Cup match against Academy was postponed due to rain.
1sts in comfortable win while 2nds easily beaten
Banchory easily defeated Crescent on Saturday at Burnett Park. Fielding first they kept their opponents score to a low total of 157. Johnny Miller taking an impressive 4 for 14. Banchory quickly chased down the runs in just 28 overs. Sam Rotheram scoring an excellent 59. The full match report can be read here.
Banchory's 2nd team suffered a second defeat in a row to a strong Academy at Duthie Park. The visitors could only manage 161 after losing the toss and being put into bat first. Dave Thornton top scored with 49. The home team then reached the victory margin after 25 overs with a strong partnership between Chundi (67) and Mahmood (53). The full match report can be read here.
1sts draw as 2nds fall to first defeat
The 1st team were held to a draw by Caledonain at Burnett Park on Saturday. The home team posted a good total of 205, Wajahat Ali continuing his good form scoring 56. Banchory couldn't quite bowl out their opponents due to a slippy ball and a solid 71 not out from Moiz. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nds suffered a first defeat of the season to 2nd Gordonians at Counteswells. Banchory posted 169, Guru Sharma top scoring with 39. The visitors will have felt they could have added more to that total. Gordonains reached the target with three wickets to spare, largely thanks to the hard hitting Seymour (60) and Mohan (39). The full match report can be read here.
Winning weekend for Banchory
Banchory recorded a first league win of the season as they beat Crathie by 9 wickets. Bowling first Rahul Maheshwari ripped through Crathie's batting order taking 7 for 20, including a hat-rick as the hosts were bowled out for just 73. Banchory recorded victory after just 14 overs, Wajahat Ali scored 42 not out. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nds went through to the next round of the Reid cup after defeating Stonehaven 2nds by two wickets. Stonehaven hit a solid total of 183. Banchory overcame a few blips to reach 184 with eight overs to spare. Ian Pennington and Sam Morris both hit 28 while Dave Thornton batted solidly scoring 27. The full match report can be read here.
Banchory in cup defeat
Banchory fielded a team of just five regular first team players but performed surprisingly well, scoring 170 a very respectable total. Sam Rotheram hit a blistering 58. Knightriders chased the total down with three wickets and seven overs to spare. It was a defeat but a very good effort from a mixed Banchory side. The full match report can be read here.
Both league games for the 1sts and 2nds were called off due to rain on Saturday.
Banchory bounce back with record breaking Wajahat
After two disappointing defeats Banchory had a confidence boosting performance against Cults-Artisans. Banchory scored 262 the clubs highest ever innings score and Wajahat Ali hit 140 the highest individual score in the clubs history. The visitors were unable to bowl the opposition out but thanks to the new rules they gained full points. Tim Wilkinson took 4 for 21. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nd team didn't have a match after 2nd Methlick were forced to scratch on Saturday.
Frustration for 1sts as 2nds win thanks to Richards century
The 1st XI were defeated by SD/QC at Harlaw on Saturday. Fielding first Banchory managed to take six wickets against the hosts eight men. Zac Crawley and Rahul Maheshwari both taking two wickets. The visitors weren't quite able to complete the run chase scoring 153 despite good innings from Hicks (34), Sunil (30) and Wilkinson (29 not out). The full match report can be read here.
Banchory's second team continued their winning start to the season by defeating Kintore-Kemnay 2nd XI at Burnett Park. Banchory set a high total of 240, with Sandy Richards scoring a brilliant 111 not out. After tea the visitors were bowled out for 114 with a solid innings from D Fyffe (66). The full match report can be read here.
1st XI beaten by Knightriders while 2nds triumph over Dunecht
The 1st team haven't won a season opener since 2008 and this bad run continued with a home defeat to Knightriders. Batting first Banchory finished with 132, Hicks (46) played a solid innings. However the visitors only lost three wickets and completed the run chase with 5 overs remaining. The full match report can be read here.
The 2nds were victorious in their game against Dunecht. Fielding first Banchory bowled the opposition out for 121. With debutant Seby Babu taking an impressive 6 for 14. The visitors then chased down the 121 with two wickets to spare. Captain Ian Pennington (32 not out) hit the winning runs. The full match report can be read here.
Junior training takes place on Wednesdays at 6.30 at Burnett Park. Please come along and bring a friend.
Junior membership is staying at £35.00 this year, though free for a trial.
Cricket ball amnesty
We are short of cricket balls for training, so can players all check their bags and bring back any spare balls. Thank you.