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.

Merchandising!! Merchandising!!!

Portcullis HatAttention all kit geeks!!!! Portcullis caps are now available for purchase from your friendly treasurer. Just approach him at training or match days with £12.50 in your hand and one of these fine non baggy green articles can be yours. Just don't ask him for a loan or he may dissolve into a smouldering pile of rage!!!

Pleasurable Start for Portcullis!

Portcullis CC at KemnayThe dawn of the Nair era in Portcullis history got off to a perfect start at Kemnay CC's Pleasure Park on Saturday with a 5 wicket victory. A superb all round bowling effort, led by the irrepresible Andy Maidment, was backed up with some top quality catching and fielding which restricted the home side to a below par 117 all out in the 42nd over. Despite a late scare 65 from Maidment (full of trademark biffs), backed up by 25 from new opener Alex Bryce, took Portcullis to a deserved victory.

Shakey Start for Portcullis

It's Shakey!
The Portcullis Way - It's Shakey!

Portcullis's season is set to improve if the shakey start made yesterday against Stonehaven is anything to go by.

Both teams were fielding several new players, with N.Shetty, A.Leathem and R.Falconner on the Portcullis books matched by R.Balsillie and D.Anderson for Stonehaven. Portcullis were not fazed by the sight of such grades luminaries on the team sheet and set about the Stonehaven batting with gusto, with Andrew Maidment despatching a floundering Anderson with the final ball of his first over. The first few overs went reasonably well for Portcullis, with Maidment proving particularly hard to handle. Kris Nair was somewhat more productive for the batsmen, but when he was replaced by Nitin Shetty the runs dried up as the batsmen struggled to handle the combination of Shetty's cunnning spin and Maidment's vicious pace.

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