Methlick march on in title race

Ellon's Garth Gault delivers but his side's promotion hopes suffered a setback against Gordonians.
Ellon's Garth Gault delivers but his side's promotion hopes suffered a setback against Gordonians.

The weather wiped out all Grade 1 matches, thrusting the two local teams in Grade 4 into the limelight, a situation clearly enjoyed by Methlick 2nds who cruised to an easy nine-wicket win at Lairds where their Kemnay/Kintore counterparts were no match for them.

The visitors were asked to bat and were always in trouble against the accuracy of the home attack in which Brian Anderson was the pick, claiming five wickets for six.

Anderson was near unplayable, helping restrict Kemnay/Kintore to a total of 92.

Greg Cordiner provided good support ending the afternoon with a haul of three for 21.

When Methlick 2nds batted captain Rob Fryer was in sparking form, carrying his bat for an excellent 39 in the score of 93 for one to keep his side in the race for the Grade 4 title. A home game against Aberdeen Grammar 3rds on Saturday will hold no fears for the in-form Methlick.

Ellon’s hopes of staying in the promotion race were badly dented at the Gordon Park where Gordonians 2nds amassed 223 for the loss of seven wickets before dismissing the home side for 57.

Ellon Gordon must now raise their game for a tricky trip to the Cowdray Estate where league leaders Dunecht are the opposition.

In Grade 1, Methlick will need to raise their game at Rubislaw where third placed Aberdeen Grammar will fancy their chances against the relegation-haunted Lairds side.

Ellon Gordon will be similarly tested by second-placed Cults-Artisans, but home advantage may provide comfort.