In the latest of this season’s Thursday features, Gary Heatly chats to Aberdeen Grammar (AGSFPs) first XI skipper Robert Swiergon…
On August 22, Aberdeen Grammar (AGSFPs) lifted the Aberdeenshire Cup at Mannofield and now, this coming Saturday, they are looking to secure a league title to really make 2021 a year to remember.
Going into their last match away to Crescent in the North East Scotland Cricket Grade One division the Rubislaw outfit are top of the table after 12 wins from 13 completed games to date.
One more victory on the road against the side in mid-table would be enough for them to finish top of the tree and skipper Robert Swiergon and his charges head into the encounter feeling good after their Cup triumph nearly two weeks ago.
In the Aberdeenshire Cup, Grammar had got the better of Grampian and the Knight Riders in the 40-overs-a-side event to set up the final with Gordonians.
In the final match, Grammar batted first and their 210-9 score was built on 62 from Fraser Proud and 52 from Connor McKinney.
Proud then chipped in with two wickets and Harry Mappleback was the star with the ball, his 4-26 meaning that Gordonians could only post 150 all out in reply.
“It was a great feeling to win the Cup and on the day a number of players chipped in and did their bit to get the job down against trick opponents,” Swiergon said.
“The feeling around the club all summer has been good to be honest with you. I think with everyone missing regular cricket last year there was a renewed appetite to play this term and we have been enjoying it.
“For the first XI it has been about backing up performances with other good ones and we need to make sure that we play well against Crescent this coming weekend.
“The seconds have been playing in Grade Two and after a tough start have managed to get a couple of positive results in the bag and pushed teams close on other occasions.
“The great thing at the club is that as well as enjoying playing the game with each other, all of us get on well socially and it is just a nice environment to be a part of.
“It has been a busy, but fruitful, summer and we just want to put in one more strong performance now.”
In the league, the first XI defeated Gordonians away from home last weekend to set them up for the upcoming Crescent match.
At Countesswells 160-7 played 159-9 as the visitors came out on top by three wickets.
Last week the second XI lost on league duty to Mannofield and their season is now completed.
The Aberdeen Grammar (AGSFPs) first XI that won the Aberdeenshire Cup recently is pictured by Gilles Gardner