Ellon in batting collapse

Ellon's Andy Parks took five wickets for 10 runs.
Ellon's Andy Parks took five wickets for 10 runs.

Ellon Gordon endured one of their worst days with the bat after bowling out title contenders Knightriders for 54 on Saturday.

They crashed to 44 all out in one of the worst collapses in the history of the club.

The home side looked to be in easy street when an inspired Andy Parks grabbed five wickets for a mere 10 runs, and with captain Scott White weighing in with three for seven, the Grade 1 fixture was surely won.

But to the horror of the Gordon Park faithful Ellon proceeded to follow the example of the Aberdeen batsmen, crumbling to an embarrassing 44 all out, to lose by 10 runs.

Only G Satyamurthy reached double figures, as the home side failed to pass the lowly total set by the Knightriders who could scarcely believe their luck at the astonishing collapse of Ellon.

Batting practice will be the order of the week at Gordon Park where skipper White will need to instil some stick ability in his batsman if the club are to be challenging for honours at the end of the season.

An away game against struggling ACE Mannofield might just be what is needed to restore some pride in performance.

Ellon 2nds had a tough task at Countesswells where unbeaten Gordonians provided the opposition, but were given a boost by the form of captain Chris Watson who eased to a fine 69 in Ellon’s total of 131, giving hope of a win for the visitors.

Gordonians had other ideas, quickly getting into their stride in hunting down the Ellon Gordon total, passing the required target with only two wickets down, making for a bad weekend for Ellon cricketers, and its supporters.