Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Mannofield opens its doors to other cricket clubs in north-east

Mannofield Cricket Ground.
Mannofield Cricket Ground.

Aberdeenshire Cricket Club have welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government that clubs will be able to use outdoor cricket facilities for the purpose of training and exercise, commencing on June.

The 162-year-old club, based at Mannofield is also taking the opportunity to open up its excellent facilities to other clubs in the area in a bid to help the sport be better prepared for the resumption of cricket practice and coaching in the Aberdeen area.

Director of cricket at Mannofield Dale de Neef was delighted to see the lifting of restrictions and said: “It’s a step in the right direction, although there will be no league cricket before the season ends, but hopefully we will see some abbreviated games here, including the popular end of season T10 competition, involving all levels of cricket in the area. We are keen to embrace the wider community, particularly at this most difficult of times.”

In the meantime, De Neef was particularly pleased to be able to offer individuals from other registered clubs the opportunity to train at Mannofield from Monday.

He said: “The ground is in perfect condition thanks to the efforts of our new groundsman Calum Howard who, like us all, is dying to see some cricket action.

“Everything is in place for individuals to register, while taking out associate membership of Aberdeenshire. If there are to be games in August, we would like to help other clubs get in some practice at one of the best facilities in Scotland.”

The project will be run by club coach Daniel Sutton, long-time club servant at Mannofield Bob Buchan and overseas amateur Callum Mackaness. All three will report to the new post of director of cricket De Neef.

The facilities include two astro nets and and a square net which will be maintained in match condition. They will initially be for pairs and family members before, as guidance directs, moving to small group training and games.

Paul Gray, the secretary to the North-east Scotland Cricket SCIO, formerly the Aberdeenshire Grades, said: “We welcome any offers of wider training access from clubs who own their own grounds. It is, however, critical that clubs adhere to the guidance provided, proving the sport can be trusted when further relaxation of the rules comes along. There are nine key requirements for the return of cricket, all approved by Cricket Scotland.”

Jan Stander, the player-president of Stoneywood-Dyce, welcomed the developments and said: “We are pleased to see Shire taking this step but would point out that People’s Park has been open to other clubs for the last two years.”

l Booking arrangements can be made at suttoncoaching.co.uk/ or by calling Dan Sutton on 07555 965 043

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]