Saturday beckons and those with their hands on the tablets will be hoping the technology behaves for the afternoon. The BBC forecast suggests that the technology might not be the biggest issue.

One Grade 1 side will lose their short lived unbeaten run as Bon Accord travel to Inverurie. George Hadden will be a big miss for Inverurie but they are able to include Jordan Thom to boost their batting and bowling.

Mannofield look to have some depth to their side this season and they would expect to pick up full points at Harlaw against Grampian. Varinder Sood debuts for Mannofield.

Whilst Gordonians bowled well against Bons last weekend, their batters struggled, and Master Blasters will be looking to maintain their tilt at the title at Rubislaw. Gordonians are missing Chamila Perera but are hopeful that Ravi Mahajan can add to their runs tally. The mercurial Chetan Aggarwal is back for MBA.

AberGreen won a nail biter against Grampian last weekend but their opponents, Cults, will be hoping that home advantage at Allan Park works in their favour.

Crescent and Knight Riders meet at Links off the back of defeats last weekend. 

In Grade 2 AGSFPs demolished Huntly last weekend but may find Banchory at Burnett Park slightly more challenging.

Huntly name the exact same side that had a day to forget against AGSFPs, and they would anticipate a better performance as they face fellow promoted team 2nd AberGreen at Castle Park.

Portcullis will fancy their chances as they take on a distinctly under strength Ellon at Duthie Park.

Fraserburgh strengthen their XI with the inclusion of Liam Bowie and 2nd Knight Riders get a similar benefit as Prem Ballal drops from 1st Knight Riders to 2nd Knight Riders for the game at Groats Road.

No cricket at Lairds again as the square still isn’t fit for any pitch to be cut.

Crathie had an excellent win last Saturday in Grade 3 on the artificial at Countesswells, and they make an immediate return there to take on 3rd Gordonians.

2nd Master Blasters were disappointed that rain prevented their curtain call in Grades cricket last Sunday, but with the likes of Amol Deshmukh in their side they are expected to be too strong for Stonehaven at Mineralwell Park. That said, Stonehaven have some experienced campaigners and Messrs King and Hinchcliffe may well have taken more Grades wickets individually than the entire MBA club.

The heady heights of Grade 3 is fairly unfamiliar territory for Dunecht, but they did win the corresponding fixture against 2nd Gordonians at the Cowdray Estate last season, and it could be nosebleed stuff if they find themselves with 2 victories from 2 games. They have had to dabble in the Loan player market as they are without Matt Witz. Alex Hounsome replaces Siv Gollakota for Gordos.

The Aberdeenshire Cup first round tie at Links on Sunday promises to be a  cracker if the teams can reach a conclusion with some precipitation expected. Bon Accord open their defence of the cup against Grade 1 title rivals Master Blasters.

The SPCU North East Championship has 2 matches to offer in the City this Saturday. The match of the day is at Mannofield with a noon start where all eyes will be on Huntly batter Jay-Dee Oliver after his dominant innings against Gordonians last Saturday. Aberdeenshire are boosted by the return of Joseph Horne and Rahul Chandu steps in to add his talents to the fray.

Gordonians will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at Huntly as relegated EPL side Arbroath United visit Countesswells for a 1pm start. Aman Arora is back for Gordos.

Perth Doocot include Safyaan Sharif as they go to Forfar to play Strathmore who look short on batting without Matthew Simpson and Haydn Evans. 

2nd Falkland have the familiar name of Arul Senthil in their line up as they are at home to 2nd Forfarshire.

Freuchie and Kinloch both fell to heavy defeats last Saturday and they lock horns at Freuchie. The home side welcome South African Jeandre Niemann who should inspire them to a better performance.

Having been well beaten at home to Heriot’s last weekend in the Eastern Premier League, it doesn’t get any easier for Stoneywood Dyce as they make their first sojourn to Edinburgh to play Grange. Grange add Scotland player Chris Greaves.

The big guns of Wallace and Leask are back on the team sheet for Forfarshire as they host Falkland. 

Meigle are again without Majid Rasheed and they welcome Watsonian to Victory Park.

Heriot’s are at home to Carlton and Stewart’s Melville host RH Corstorphine who are without Aayush Das.

The Scottish Cup starts on Sunday and Arbroath are due to head up to Aberdeen again to play Stoneywood Dyce. 

Aberdeenshire have a long day ahead as they travel to Gala. Gala put up a fighting display against Clydesdale last season so Shire will need to play well to progress.

Perth Doocot may regret choosing to enter the Scottish Cup rather than the Challenge Cup as they are away to Grange.