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It is that time of the year once again. Winter is behind us and spring is once again in the air. It is time for men and women of all ages and stages to don the whites, dust down the kit bag, oil the bat and do those stretches.
Starting on the same week as the 2015 World Cup, Portcullis begin their less than ardous pre-season training on Saturday 14th February between 12.45pm and 3.15pm (not the 7th as previously intimated).
The pre-season training is, in fact, a welcome return of indoor nets for the City Centre Green Caps. It is being held at Sheddocksley Sports Centre. It will consist of some much needed bowling and batting practice as we once again welcome the sound of leather upon willow.
Portcullis are always on the lookout for new members and this would be an ideal situation for anyone wishing to give us a try. You will be made most welcome!
Saturday August 16th saw Portcullis take on AGSFP 2nds in The Reid Cup Final at Duthie Park One. This Final would have contrasting circumstances for each side. For Portcullis it was a chance to salvage some glory after being relegated from Grade Three. On the other hand, AGSFP 2nds, having won the Grade Three Title were in search of an elusive League/Cup double.
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Match Eight of the 2013/14 Grades season saw Portcullis again at Home. This time saw the Green Caps take on League Leaders and fellow City Centre side Academy CC.
Academy CC would prove to be a very tough nut to crack as they come into this match fresh from a six wicket victory over Grade Three favourites Kemnay-Kintore CC the week before.
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Match Seven of the 2013-2014 Grade Three campaign saw Portcullis come up against, to the Green Caps, a relatively unknown Huntly side.
Due to fixture congestion, this match had been switched to Sheddocksley 1 as Crescent and Academy had been awarded first dibs to Duthie Park.
The previous meeting between the two sides, back in 2011, saw a then young Huntly side win by 4 wickets. On that occasion they were superbly marshalled by Steve Shorten whilst his son Connor dazzled with the ball that day returning with 4-21.
With both Shortens now moved onto pastures new at Mannofield, Portcullis were now in the dark at what type of Huntly side would turn up.
Recent form would indicate that Portcullis would start the game as slight favourites as they had won their last three matches. Huntly on the other hand had lost their last three matches.
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Match six of the 2014 Grades campaign saw Portcullis host Crathie at Duthie Park. It was the second time in two weeks that Portcullis hosted the Balmoral Estate side. This time it was on League duties whereas the last time it was a Cup-tie. The other difference was that the match would be played on Duthie Park 2 instead of Duthie Park 1.
The last match between the two teams proved to be a run-fest as 419 runs were scored in 74.3 overs. It was hoped the same could happen again.
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Match Five of the Grade Three 2014 season saw Portcullis on their travels. This away fixture would be one to look forward to as it took the Green Caps to Turriff. It was also the first fixture outside the City of Aberdeen. Not that Aberdeen is a bad place to play cricket - far from it!! It is the fact there are plenty of varying picturesque cricket grounds in and around the towns and villages of Aberdeen that are an absolute joy to play on. The Haughs at Turriff being one of them.
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Saturday May 24th saw a change of competition for Portcullis as they exchanged League duties for the thrill of Cup participation. At the Aberdeen Grades AGM, the cup draw had presented Portcullis with a home tie at Duthie Park to Crathie CC.
It had been many a year since the teams last met - 2007 to be precise! On that occasion Crathie ran out as 161 run victors! Surely the City Centre Green Caps could improve on that result this time round.
Full report and score card here...
Match four of the Grades season saw Portcullis entertain League leaders Kemnay Kintore at Duthie Park. When the fixtures were drawn up during the close season, this match would have been seen as a top of the table clash what with Kemnay Kintore finishing second last season whilst Portcullis had finished third.
Following Kemnay-Kintore's 100% start to the season and Portcullis having lost their two opening games, this game took on a different complexion. Portcullis wanting to finally shake off their slow start whilst Kemnay-Kintore wanting to maintain their quick one.