Portcullis Still Number One

After all the upheaval this week, this was a good showing by Portcullis who fielded only 9 men - the first time we've been under strength since 2003. A determined team performance in a high scoring game gave us 17 points, enough to keep us top of the grade despite suffering our first loss of the season.

Portcullis Fights for Survival

Portcullis's early successes in the grade and the cup look unlikely to continue with the stunning news that Chetan, Rahul and Sony - our top three players so far this season - have all simultaneously decided to leave the club and join Gordonians.

This means that not only will we find it hard to continue to win games but actually means that, for the first time in 6 years,  we are unlikely to be able to field a full team for the remainder of the season. In fact, unless we find some more players we face the very real prospect of having to scratch games later this year.

Perfect Season Continues for Portcullis

We took on Stonewood-Dyce in the first round of the Jonton Cup last Saturday after three straight wins in the grade matches. Stoneywood won the toss and decided to field.

Our openers Krish and Sony batted well on a soft wicket and put on 56 before Krish was caught in the gully. Rahul and Cox was dismissed cheaply before Chetan who scored 16 was bowled. Sony eventually went being stumped for 55. TK had a short spell scoring 16 with 2 fours and a six.

Another Win for the 'Cullis

Game two of the season and another win. Portcullis lost the toss and were put into bat. We posted a score of 160 and AGSFP tried hard but failed by 29 runs.

Lucky Tosser

Good coin tossing and a brave decision by skipper Alan Dobey got Portcullis off to the perfect start to the season with a 9 wicket win over 2nd Dunecht last Saturday.

Trip to Mongolia

TripoholicsJon Van Heerden is teaming up with Muir MacKenzie to take part in this years Mongol Rally, which will see them driving from Aberdeen all the way to Mongolia, recording their adventures and experiences of people, culture and scenery along the way. Most importantly, by taking part in this journey they will be contributing and hoping to raise as much money and awareness for their two chosen charitable causes, namely MercyCorps and Cash for Kids.

More details are on their web site - www.tripoholic.co.uk.

Huntly Run Fest

Portcullis v. Huntly

Portcullis just managed to come out on top last Saturday in a match which saw 484 runs scored in 80 overs.

The friendly match had been arranged at very short notice after our  original fixture at Dunecht had to be cancelled because of a waterlogged pitch.

Practice and Friendlies

 Cricket Ball
  You hit it there, so you can flippin' well fetch it...

Portcullis will be starting the season in the traditional way, by gathering at the plastic wicket on Duthie Park for a practice session at 6pm on Wednesday 1st April. Chetan and Sony are going to be organising the practice sessions this year and plan to make them rather more structured than they have been in the past, so we'll no longer be aiming rank long hops at bewildered batsmen and then trudging disconsolately after the ball as it bobbles down towards the fine leg boundary.

PCC AGM 2009

It's that time of year again where we all sit down talk about club issues and get drunk (well not the last thing).

This years AGM will be held in the bar at Mannofield Cricket ground on Friday 6th March at 6pm sharp. We shall be addressing various issues for the upcoming season so please turn up and voice your ideas. If you have any problems at all please contact me (if you need picked up or anything else), for all the new players that have recently joined us its a good opportunity to meet some of the guys before the start of the season.

We'll also be covering the "traditional start of season" topics, including;

* When will we practise (discuss for two weeks and then decide "Wednesday" again).

* Who has the kit?

* Why do we have so many left handed batting gloves?

Chetan takes the prize

Chetan shows off his MVP trophy

Chetan Aggarwal was presented with the David Bowie MVP Shield at Portcullis's Christmas night earlier this week. Chetan's 255 runs, 23 wickets and 6 catches in 12 games was the best all round performance of the year, narrowly beating Rahul Narula into second place. Congratulations to both for a very solid performance - one that we hope they'll repeat next year as we fight to return to Grade 3.

Portcullis also said farewell to Bret Dodds, who will be returning to his native Australia after many years of loyal service. Doddsy's explosive batting, threatening bowling and solid fielding skills have made him an important part of the tea, and he will be sorely missed next season, both on and off the pitch.

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