Heavy rain puts paid to bulk of cricket fixtures

Local cricket had its worst weekend of the season when incessant rain made pitches unplayable on Saturday, writes Jack Nixon.

Very few games in the Aberdeenshire Grades escaped the wet weather - Banchory’s game with 2nd Methlick was among the victims - although three matches were played in Grade 2, including Inverurie’s match with Fraserburgh which the Kellands Park side won by a comfortable eight wickets after bowling the home side out for 160.

The league leaders are now 54 points ahead of second placed Kemnay - Kintore who were nine wicket winners at home to 2nd Aberdeen Grammar, who were dismissed for 41.

Banchory were the only home team not to get their game played in Grade 2 when the Burnett Park pitch was declared unplayable for their match with promotion-chasing Methlick.

It will have given the Banchory side an opportunity to reflect on their perilous position in the league where they sit in second bottom place, just above Crathie.

Two wins in seven starts does not make for good reading, especially as they face a trip to Kemnay on Saturday where they meet another of the title-chasing sides in the highly-competitive league.

Banchory have a must-win game on August 13 when they travel to Crathie for a game which could decide who is relegated.

Weather permitting this coming weekend Ellon Gordon will be away to Cults on Grade 1 business, while Methlick have a plum match with Grade 2 leaders Inverurie at Lairds.

2nd Ellon Gordon meet Turriff at the Gordon Park and 2nd Methlick travel to Mineralwell Park where they take on their Stonehaven counterparts, bidding to escape the bottom place in Grade 4.