Ellon Gordon’s good run of form continued at the weekend when the first team forced their way into third place in Grade 1, while the second eleven won the prestigious Johnston Rose Bowl at Allan Park, writes Jack Nixon.
Relegated Inverurie Don Valley were the latest team to fall to the in-form Ellon side who were bowled out for 108 at the Gordon Park in a game dominated by Ben Webb.
The Ellon all rounder took three wickets for just one run before hitting a sumptuous unbeaten 58 to help his side to an easy eight-wicket victory, setting them up nicely for one of the big weekends in the history of the oldest sporting organisation in the town.
On Saturday they meet ACE Mannofield in their last league game of the season which will determine where the club end up in Grade 1.
Meanwhile on Sunday they travel to Aberdeen to play Bon Accord in the final of the top-rated Aberdeenshire Cup, aiming to win the competition for the third time.
But while the first team were enjoying the cricketing headlines in the top flight of the local game, the second eleven were landing the first honours of the season at Allan Park where they won the Johnston Rose Bowl at the expense of Dunecht.
Once again captain Chris Watson showed the way, top scoring with 40 in the side’s 186 for eight wickets, while Ken Morris claimed the bowling honours, claiming four wickets for 27, but well supported by Charles George who took two for 17.
The Grade 4 champions fell 42 runs short of the Ellon total after being bowled out for 144.
Matters took a turn for the worse at Lairds where Methlick now look near certain to be relegated after losing their penultimate Grade 1 match of the season.
Methlick batted first, reaching a very respectable 160 for the loss of eight wickets, mainly due to two stubborn knocks of 39 and 34 from Steve Murphy and Mark Bremenson before Lahore Karahi eased their way past the home total for the loss of only four wickets.
Stuart Kennedy was the pick of the home bowlers, sticking to the task to claim two for 47.
The gloom deepened when the news of fellow strugglers Banchory winning at home to Aberdeen Grammar filtered through, leaving the Methlick side needing the Burnett Park side to lose their last game against Cults-Artisans and the MCC having to win at home to the Knightriders.
Even this scenario does not tell the whole story, as the margins of victory will determine the percentages allocated to the two teams. Currently Banchory have 62.5% while Methlick sit on 57.692%.