Portcullis Man Gates at Duthie Park

In February the Portcullis committee joined an initiative led by the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association to attempt to persuade Aberdeen City Council not to eject cricket from our spiritual home at Duthie Park.

Sahoo Strikes Back!

If Superman gains energy from sunlight then todays glorious weather at Duthie Park must have energised Portcullis as we recorded our first league win of the season by beating Mannofield 2nd by three wickets.

Broomhall or Bust...

A new year, a new captain and a new locale for Portcullis Cricket Club's season opener this year as the club travelled down on mass to Broomhall Cricket Club in Fife.

Portcullis Acquire New Ground

Portcullis CC's long association with the smaller piches on Duthie Park will soon be at an end. As a result of an extremely generous donation from a former player, we have succeeded in securing a site for a new purpose built cricket facility just south of Aberdeen.

We will continue to play at Duthie Park for the 2011 season, but aim to move to our new home during 2012.

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.

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