Where there’s a Will there’s a way as Mannofield host Master Blasters

Master Blasters have only lost 2 games this season and Saturday sees them going to Mannofield who beat them at Allan Park in the reverse fixture. Will Anderson is back for the hosts looking to add to his 2 half centuries in his previous 2 innings.

Grade 1 champions Knight Riders have burst back to form but league leaders Bon Accord will be favourites to win as they clash at Groats Road.

Jordan Thom and Fraser Lawrance are back for Inverurie as they take on Grampian at Harlaw, although they will miss the all round talents of George Hadden.

Gordonians are without Harshad Parkar at home to AberGreen at Countesswells and Cults host Crescent at Allan Park.

AGSFPs still top Grade 2 despite losing their last 2 matches. Cory Bowie returns for his first game since early June as Fraserburgh, who have quietly moved into 2nd spot, visit Rubislaw.

2nd Knight Riders have crept into 3rd position and they go to Ellon who have dropped into the relegation zone.

2nd Grampian are also propping up the rest of Grade 2 but will be boosted by their win over AGSFPs as they play 2nd AberGreen at Inverdee.

No game for Methlick and Portcullis as Lairds has again struggled to cope with the recent rainfall.

Jason Gouws notched a century in his previous game in Grade 3 for Stonehaven and that has taken some of the pressure off the somewhat faded purple patches that Andy Gale and Nathan Macaulay-Dicks were having with the bat. 2nd Methlick visit and will be glad they don’t have to face Nigel King as on paper they look lacking in runs.

It’s going to be competitive at Countesswells as the Gordonians Grade 3 derby is on the artificial pitch with skippers Simon Hounsome and Viji Nair tasked with keeping things friendly.

Vishal Desai makes his first appearance of the season for 2nd Master Blasters and he will be trying to prove he is still a better bowler than son Kanishka as they make the trip to Crathie. 

Fresh from a win last weekend, 2nd Mannofield take on Stoneywood Dyce at Inverdee.

Don’t expect any surprises as top plays bottom in the SPCU North East Championship with 2nd Falkland at Arbroath, but it should be a tighter affair at Perth as 2nd Forfarshire head west. 

It could be the battle of the spinners at Huntly as they look to consolidate 2nd position against Strathmore. Jack Mitchell of Huntly tops the SPCU wicket taking with 23, but not far behind is Liam Sweeney of Strathmore with 21 wickets at a slightly better average. Frank Summers is absent for Huntly but Irtaza Hussain adds pace to the home bowling attack.

Aberdeenshire find themselves 6th in the division, and although they lost at home to Kinloch earlier in the season, the latter have lost 5 out of their last 6 and Shire are pretty much at full strength. Expect the Shire batters to bounce back with runs at Forfar and keep them ahead of Gordonians in the table.

Gordonians are at Freuchie for the first time in many years and have Himanshu Saraswat back. If Gordos can get through the opening spell from Robbie Wright then this could be a close game.

In the Eastern Premier League it could be an interesting weekend with the Scotland players in the middle of their T20 qualifiers. Stoneywood Dyce are in Edinburgh to face Carlton who have been relying on Daniel Da Costa for their runs, but equally, a lot rests on the shoulders of Du Preez Stander when it comes to the Stoneywood Dyce batting.

Meigle will fancy their chances as they also go to Edinburgh, with 8th placed RH Corstorphine in their sights. 

Forfarshire have Craig Wallace back and due runs as they are at home to Stewart’s Melville, but they will miss the bowling of Jack Hogarth.

Falkland have a strong team sheet as Heriot’s visit, but Heriot’s have variety in their bowling that should give them an advantage.

Grange should have too much all round depth for Watsonian, but all the games in Edinburgh will have an eye on the sky with showers potentially due.

Sunday sees Crescent and Bon Accord at Inverdee as they try again in their Aberdeenshire Cup quarter final. Crescent will be hoping that any early morning rain clears up so they can avoid having to go through a bowl off against the lethal Bons bowlers.