Ellon Gordon gave a much better account of themselves at the weekend, displaying title winning form when beating top side Lahore Karahi by four wickets at the Gordon Park.
Captain Scott White was an inspirational leader, taking the fight to the visitors with a hostile five-wicket haul of five wickets for 37 to help dismiss the Aberdeen side for 75.
Ross Wade was a more than capable support bowler, grabbing two wickets of his own for 11 runs, setting up the much-needed win for the home side.
Ellon struggled to pass the required total, losing wickets on a regular basis, but limped over the line with four to spare, mainly due to the application of White who stuck to the task before losing his wicket for an invaluable 20 runs.
Ellon Gordon second eleven were more comfortable winners at Stonehaven, where they eased home by 92 runs after amassing 219 before bowling the home side out for 127.
Graeme Gaut was in magnificent form with the bat for Ellon, notching 63 for the visitors.
Hugh Paterson and captain Chris Watson were the destroyers in chief with the ball for the in-form Ellon side, taking five wickets for 23 and four for 18 to keep their side’s title hopes on track.
Methlick moved into a challenging third place in Grade One thanks to an inspired unbeaten knock from Stuart Murphy whose 90 runs helped the Lairds men pass the target of 185 set by home side Banchory on a grassy Burnett Park track.
Significantly the homesters elected to bat first, but were curtailed by some fine Methlick bowling led by Stuart Anderson who ended the afternoon with the impressive figures of three for 19, though he ably supported by man of the match Murphy who claimed three for 33.
When the visitors batted it was a partnership of 128 between Murphy and Stuart Kennedy which helped them record a thoroughly merited four-wicket victory, giving the Lairds side a whiff of the rarified air in the top grade.
A match at home to Aberdeen Grammar gives them a great opportunity to press home their case.
Methlick 2nds kept up their own title push with an easy five-wicket win at home to Gordonians, bowling the visitors out for 89 before passing the total for the loss of five wickets.
Grant Cordiner was the home hero, taking four wickets for 20 runs.
Captain Rob Fryer continued his good run with a sensible knock of 25 to steer his side home.