Grade 1 leaders Master Blasters are at Inverurie on Saturday. Fraser Lawrance returns for the hosts but no Jordan Thom to open the bowling with him. 

Banchory go to Gordonians who have Harshad Parkar available along with the young bowling talents of Rudra Chouksey and Pranav Gollakota. Banchory could do with a return to batting form from Sam Rotheram and Ben Wiles.

After the rain this week the new pitch at St Margaret’s might prove a bit of a challenge as Cults play Knight Riders. The latter will be glad to have Somu Kumarasamy back in action.

Aberdeen Grammar will be favourites to win at Rubislaw against bottom of the league side Crescent and Bon Accord put out a strong team against Mannofield at Harlaw.

Grampian are joint top of Grade 2 and they take on Portcullis at Inverdee. No Owen Thorpe for the latter, but skipper Ross Mckenzie adds his all round status to the side.

2nd Master Blasters are also unbeaten and are at Links against 2nd Knight Riders who have picked up very useful points despite losing 2 of their opening 3 games.

Fraserburgh are without both the Bowie brothers so a lot of pressure on Nick Gray and Chris Gospel for runs as Methlick visit Kessock Park.

The winless duo of 2nd Gordonians and Huntly meet at Countesswells with Jay Bhalani returning to action for Gordos after a prolonged break.

No game for the Aberdeen Grammar teams who met earlier in the season.

T20 Reid Cup action for all the Grade 3 teams on Saturday. It’s a long way to Crathie for a T20 if you are 2nd Fraserburgh, and they face the talented Lloyd Belton and Shahmir Naseer, countering with their own inclusion of T20 specialist Michael Watson. 

Youngsters Maahir Patel and Adi Mukhopadhya make their first Grades appearances of the season as 3rd Gordonians should be strong favourites against 2nd Banchory at Inverdee. 

Defending cup holders Stoneywood Dyce include Amol Deshmukh and should be much too strong for 2nd Methlick at Lairds.

Grade 3 leaders Dunecht are at home and could have a tough match against 2nd Grampian. Ross Wade, Tom Proctor and Ben Webb are back for Ellon as 2nd Mannofield visit.

Aberdeen Tigers have a lot of T20 experience and head to Stonehaven.

SPCU North East Championship game of the day is at Mannofield as the only 2 unbeaten sides meet. With Safyaan Sharif on a plane to Trinidad with the Scotland squad, Aberdeenshire will be favourites to beat Perth Doocot, and Shire have the talismanic Calum Howard to offer up a bowling variation alongside Cameron Brown and Lewis Munro. A Kenny Reid ton would be useful having got stuck between 62 and 97 in his 4 innings this season to date.

Gordonians have Sree Devadas and Mohit Khosla in their team heading to Broughty Ferry to play 2nd Forfarshire, and also include a rare appearance from former skipper Swapnil Rane. 

Stoneywood Dyce are at Huntly and will be in confident mood having beaten 2nd Forfarshire home and away last weekend with runs starting to flow. 

Freuchie are at Bannockburn to play St Modans and Strathmore are at Dalnacraig to take on Dundee High.

Expect the unexpected again in the Eastern Premier League as clubs have to cope without their Scotland stars. 2 teams completely unaffected by such issues, Falkland and Meigle, meet at Scroggie Park, the former looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, and the latter looking to get their first win.

Tom Sole and former Scotland stalwart John Blain are in the unbeaten Grange side who host Arbroath.

Callum Martin has suddenly become a very important player for Watsonian as they have made a worrisome start to their season. Stewart’s Melville are also looking for their first win as the 2 meet at Inverleith.

RH Corstorphine v Heriot’s and Carlton v Forfarshire are both off due to flooding.

Sunday is Scottish Cup last 16 time, and Aberdeenshire go to Edinburgh to play Carlton. On paper it should be exit time for Shire, but it only needs one player to shine to produce a surprise, and Shire have a few who could do a bit of damage should Carlton drop their level.