Weather again put paid to cricket on Saturday as 1s game at Cults was rained off, the 4th rained off game against Cults this season. 2s were awarded a walkover by Stonehaven which boosted their league position. There was at least some cricket on the Sunday as the 3rd XI lost by 80 runs to Mannofeild in the development league.
There is a lot of cricket planned this week with the development team in action on Tuesday against Gordonians at Rubislaw before the 7s on Wednesday as FPs take on Knightriders and Inverurie. It is then back to league business for 1s against Gordonians at Countesswells with the 2nds having a free league week. However 2s do have a big game on Sunday as they tackle Methlick in the cup semi final.
Heavy rain overnight which continued for most of the day meant there was no chance of play at either Rubislaw or Methlick today. While FPs have been lucky so far managing to complete all 3 games previously in dubious conditions at times, this represented the 3rd week out of 4 for some sides with no cricket. With games on Saturday and Sunday next week, all sides will be hoping for improvement in the weather. 1sts take on Knightriders at home on Saturday and then face Cults away in the cup on Sunday. 2nds have a free Saturday and take on Stonehaven in the cup on Sunday.
Ahead of the 2019 season, 1st XI skipper Rob Swiergon gives his thoughts for the season ahead.
Do you have any goals for the club this season?
Ideally to win some silverware, I’d love to win the Aberdeenshire Cup for all the guys who have played for many years without ever managing to do it, but we hope to put a challenge in for the title, but I think every single side this season has a shot at it. Things look really competitive this year, with teams likely to be taking points off each other. For the club overall, it would be ideal if the 2nd XI could consolidate in Grade 2 and the Sunday XI can help produce some more young players.
What do you feel the 1st XI can achieve?
We are capable of beating all sides but as I say, there will be no easy games, we will be aiming to win as many games as we can on all fronts. Realistically, the Challenge Cup is very tough as most teams have a pro and overseas amateur but Grade 1 and the Aberdeenshire Cup demonstrate realistic targets, but many other clubs will also fancy their chances.
What are you most most looking forward to this year?
Hopefully some more good weather and good fair cricket every week. In terms of players that can catch the eye, I have said it many times before, but I am looking forward to Callum Herd bowling. He offers something different and when he gets into a rhythm he is very good at bowling to a plan.
Any changes in personnel this season?
We’ve obviously lost Eddie Steinson, who is a big miss, but we may see him for a couple of games in the summer. Apart from that the squad is broadly similar to last year. Fraser Proud comes into the team, he’s an all rounder who has played at a good standard and I hope he can help some of the other guys jump up a another level. We also have the unexpected bonus that Mahesh has returned to Aberdeen and is available on Saturdays. He played a few years ago and showed he is a good bowler and a dangerous hitter, so it will be great to see what he can offer. Geoff Morrison will be taking the gloves this season which also increases options and allows us to play around the batsmen and bowler combinations this year.
Personal goals for the season?
Personally I’d love to pass 500 runs in the season. I’ve got lots of starts before but fallen away. A ton for FPs would go down a treat but as long as the team is doing well and enjoying things, then that is the most important thing. I of course will also be looking to turn the golden arm over where I can which I am sure will thrill my teammates.
The 2019 fixtures have been confirmed with 1s starting away to Stoneywood Dyce on Saturday 27th April, while the 2nds are at home to Banchory. The Rubislaw XI start their campaign on Sunday 5th May at Gordonians.
We run three elevens in the local Aberdeenshire Grades and play our home games at Rubislaw on Harlaw Road.
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