Spring Nets are Here!!

Indoor NetsAs spring slowly emerges cricketers across the land are getting their kit bags out of the loft and plotting the seasons glories. At Portcullis we are no different and our first training session of the year is happening soon.

Nair is Best in Grade

Kris NairPortcullis Skipper Kris Nair has been confirmed as the best batsman in Grade 4. His average of 52.71 from 10 innings (3 not out) was enough to take the Cope Cup for batting.

The last time any Portcullis player was awarded an individual achievement award was in 1999, when Andrew Prentice and David Bowie won the grade 4 batting and bowling trophies, repeating their achievement from 1998.

'Cullis End Season on High

There were no chants of "Stupid Boy!" around Duthie Park on Saturday as Portcullis resoundingly didn't panic and recorded their sixth win of their season. Recent recruit James Pike, opening the bowling, took his first wickets for the team as Huntly Highlanders were held to a modest score which was chased down with what turned out to be relative ease.

Sahoo Guides Portcullis to Fighting Draw

Portcullis, led by a magnificent batting performance by Ranjan Sahoo (87*), managed a draw in a high scoring game at Sheddocksley against a strong Mannofield side.

Captain Nair won the toss and elected to field. Nair and Alan Dobey opened the bowling for Portcullis with Nair taking the first wicket of M.Zanre for 2. The opening spell was tight and was well supported by Nitin Shetty, the first change bowler, who replaced Nair. Runs was hard to come by and Mannofield were 38 for 1 in first 20 overs.

Mistakes Prove Costly for Portcullis

KITT & The Hoff
Michael Knight demonstrates his poor knowledge of umpiring signals

There was no sign of "The Hoff" or "KITT" at Duthie Park today but Knight Riders announced their arrival by narrowly winning their Grade 4 encounter with Portcullis. Set 178 to win they reached their target for the loss of eight wickets. 

On a cold and miserable day in Duthie Park Captain Kris maintained his good form with the coin and elected to bat. The innings got off to a bright start with in form opener Alex Bryce and partner Ranjan Sahoo adding 27. Ranjan hit some nice boundaries before being cleaned up and was quickly followed by Collinson Snr and the big wicket of Andy Maidment. When he was bowled, playing across the line, for a duck things were looking bleak. Once again though the Bryce - Nair axis stepped in to soak up the pressure and throw it right back. A fourth wicket partnership of 121, taking the score from 32-3 to 153-4, put us in command. Both players registered their half centuries and both were run out shortly after. Their dismissal triggered rapid fire hitting leading up to our declaration on 177-9. Sorry Howard. I'm sure you'll get a long bat soon.

Mowat Mows Mannofield!

Portcullis's advance on Grade 3 continued to gather pace on Saturday with a resounding victory over Mannofield's second team at Duthie Park. Excellent individual perfromances from Kris Nair, Alex Bryce and new recruit Graham Mowat ensured an 8 wicket victory that keep us firmly in contention for promotion.

First Round Exit from Cup

Bogbeth Park lived up to its name today as Portcullis's flying early season form came unstuck amongst the mud and long grass of Kemnay's home ground.

Hopes were high coming into the game after the previous days victory and when Captain Nair won the toss and elected to bat PCC were looking to set a good target.

Gordonians Unable to Resist Portcullis Bowling

You can only play what is put in front of you, and Portcullis followed up last week's record 299 at Huntly by bowling out an under strength 3rd Gordonians for just 15 runs.

We won the game by 10 wickets, with 13 runs off the bat and 3 wides. Nair took 5 wickets with Maidment taking 3. Old man Collinson took two good catches at mid off the other catches by Kannan and junior Collinson. There was a splendid run out by junior Collinson after a terrific throw in by Cox. Bryce and Collinson senior saw us through with Bryce top scoring with 10 runs. The match was played in good spirit by both teams. Former Portcullis player Tarun Dureja was in the Gordonians side, as were Portcullis players Andy Leathem and Graham Mowat who had been loaned to the visitors at their request to enable the game to go ahead.

Record Score But Only a Draw

Portcullis posted their highest total at Huntly today scoring 299 runs for 8 wickets.

Portcullis lost the toss and were put in to bat. Huntly took an early wicket, before Ranjan and Maidment started to score freely. Maidment reached 45 when he tried to smash a six but played on to his stumps, Maidment had 6 fours and 2 sixes in his total. Kris came in and he and Ranjan quickly kept the total going with Kris taking the majority of the bowling. Ranjan was next out being bowled for a very steady 39. Nitin then partnered Kris and he made 27 before being caught. There was two other quick wickets before Kris was bowled for a magnificent 93 scoring 12 fours and 5 sixes.

Dunecht Demolished!

Portcullis continued their fine early season form with a comprehensive 10 wicket win over a weakened Dunecht side. A five wicket haul from Captain Nair and wickets from Dave Cox skittled the home side for 31 before Cullis openers Alex Bryce and Sam Hill knocked off the runs with ease.

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