The fate of the two local teams could not have been more different at the weekend when Ellon Gordon were handed a 79-run defeat by lowly Aberdeen Grammar, while Methlick were enjoying a 37-run win at the expense of title favourites Bon Accord.
Ellon struggled to contain the Rubislaw side who registered 227 for the loss of nine before bowling out the visitors for 148. Ross Wade performed well with the ball for the Gordon Park side, claiming three for 48.
A Ahmed hit a valiant 59 when they batted, sharing a half century partnership with his captain Scott White who hit a sensible 40 in an otherwise poor performance.
At the Aberdeen Links it was an entirely different matter where Methlick forced their way into the title race with a superb all round showing against the mighty Bon Accord.
Stuart Kennedy was the Lairds hero, hitting a character filled 62, but supported by Brian Anderson who stuck around for an invaluable unbeaten 24 to help the MCC to reach 151 for the loss of nine wickets, before routing the Aberdeen side despite fireworks from N Mizra, who hit a splendid 56.
Murphy and Duffy were in great form taking seven wickets in spells of sustained aggression as the illustrious Bon Accord side collapsed to 114 all out.
The tables were comprehensively turned on Sunday in the Aberdeenshire Cup when the Links side hit back to amass 311 before bowling Methlick out for 81, proving 24 hours is a long time in cricket.
The Ellon Gordon club gained some consolation when their second team beat Aberdeen Grammar by four wickets thanks to some steady bowling from captain Chris Watson and Hugh Paterson who each claimed two wickets, bowling the visitors out for 94.
In reply Laurence Meikle scored a not out 21, sharing a valuable seventh wicket stand with Ken Montgomery to ease them home to victory.
Methlick 2nds looked on course to win their home game having taken nine Banchory 2nds wickets with 23 overs remaining, but failed to get the final one, settling instead for a frustrating draw.
B Carr hit 55 for Methlick in their total of 198 for eight. The visitors ended the day on 115 for nine.