Gary grabs another Gong!

Gary Steward Congratulations go to Portcullis member Gary Steward. In a debut season where Gary won the MVP Award along with the Man of the Match Award in the 2012 Johnston Rose Bowl Final, Gary added to this by being awarded the prestigious Cope Cup. The Cope Cup is awarded to the Top Grade Four Batsman each season. Gary finished his season with a fantastic yield of 373 runs at an incredible average of 124.33!!

Euphoric Portcullis Win Johnston Rose Bowl

Team PhotoA beautiful sunny afternoon at Kellands Park Inverurie was the setting for the 2012 Johnston Rose Bowl Final. The Trophy was to be contested by Kintore CC and Portcullis CC. For both teams it would be their last chance of winning a prize in the 2012 season.

Heavy rainfall the day before left a damp, but in the hot weather, a rapidly drying wicket. The Groundstaff however did a grand job in getting the wicket playable, especially in a season which had far, far too much rainfall already.

The toss, decided by Captains Kannan Vijayakrishnan and Jon Tanner, could prove to be crucial. The playing conditions would indicate that batting last would prove to be advantageous.

To read the rest of the match report please click on the link below:

 http://www.portculliscc.co.uk/portcullis/game/264

Draw Confirms Promotion

Ranjan SahooSaturday saw Portcullis entertain grade leaders Ellon 2nds in their second last, and for Ellon 2nds, their last Grade Four match of the season.

It was still mathematically possible, though highly unlikely, for Portcullis to win the grade. They would have to win the last two matches of the season. In this match they would have to bowl out Ellon 2nds for a low score then knock off the winning runs without losing any wickets. The realistic target was to reach 20 points that would confirm third place (at least) and promotion.

For the full match report please click on the link below:

http://www.portculliscc.co.uk/portcullis/game/258

Terrific Trio Nearly Snatch Victory From The Jaws Of Defeat

Dave MitchellSaturday saw Portcullis make the trip to picturesque Banchory where they were to play the much-respected Banchory 2nds.

With regular Captain Kannan Vijayakrishnan unavailable and the Captain of the Day Dave Mitchell, running late as he had just flown into Aberdeen from overseas work duties, the responsibility for the coin toss went to rotund Secretary Ronnie Falconer. He duly lost the toss, therefore immediately sacked from any future coin tossing, but was relieved to find that Banchory wanted to bat first anyway.

[see full report and scorecard]

Unbridled Joy as Portcullis Reach First Final In Four Years

Sunday saw the second part of Portcullis’s weekend double-header, as they took on Grade Four rivals Gordonians 3rds in their numerous rearranged Johnston Rose Bowl Semi Final match.The match, called off twice and abandoned once, was played at Sheddocksley Upper despite it being Gordonians home fixture.

[full report and score card]

Portcullis Victorious Again!!

Our first two game double header of the season saw us take on Mannofield for the first time this season at a damp Sheddocksley. It saw the welcome return of club stalwarts Howard Smith and Ranjan Sahoo and a new one off captain as Dave Elrick took the reigns as we managed our resources to cover cup committments on the Sunday.

Super Steward Smashes Second Ton!!

The scorebook will say this game was a draw but that would scarcely do justice to the superlative batting display of new Cullis star Gary Steward who hit a second hundred in as many games.

The toss was decisive on a cloudy day at Countesswells and when we lost and were put in we knew quick runs would be vital against a team well known for their ultra defensive batting style.

Classy Cullis too good for a weakened Ellon 2nds...

Sheddocksley was host to Portcullis’s first cup game of the 2012 season. The sun was hammering down on a much changed wicket from that of two weeks ago which then was almost deemed unplayable. However it was quite the contrary as the wicket proved to offer help to seam and spin.

 

Portcullis Cricket Club Wants YOU!!!

It’s that time of the year. Winter (hopefully) is finally behind us. Spring is once again in the air. It’s time for Men and Women of all ages to don the whites, dust down the kit bag, oil the bat and do the stretches. It is time to hear willow upon leather, see long sunny days, utter cries of howzat, regale in tales of cricketing derring –do, preferably in a nice environment after the dust has settled and pleasantries exchanged.

Yes folks cricket is back!! Portcullis CC are once again preparing for another season of scintillating cricket and even more stimulating conversation. We’ll probably finish up with mediocre cricket and, at best, laugh but we can all dream!!

As always Portcullis are always on the lookout for new players. We welcome ALL newcomers to our club. Whether you are a seasoned campaigner or someone new to playing the game come along and join us. We are about to embark on another season of adventurous Grade Four Cricket and we would love you to join us.

Practice begins on Wednesday 11th April at Duthie Park at 6pm. Why not come along and make yourself known. We’ll be glad to meet you!

Indoor Practice and AGM

Portcullis Cricket Club will be holding our next indoor practice session at 12pm at Sheddocksley Sports Centre on Sunday 1 April 2012. This will be followed by our Annual General Meeting which is scheduled for 3pm at Inn at the Park. All are most welcome.

 

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