Another weekend of joy for Ellon - but more misery for Methlick

Ellon 2nds bowler Charles George keeps up the attack in their win over Stonehaven.
Ellon 2nds bowler Charles George keeps up the attack in their win over Stonehaven.

Ellon Gordon’s golden run of form continued at the weekend when both elevens enjoyed emphatic wins in Grade 1 and Grade 4, writes Jack Nixon.

Meanwhile, up the road at Methlick the gloom of the first team plunging into the relegation was the talk of Lairds.

Ellon Gordon were comfortable eight-wicket winners at Kings College where they bowled out Lahore Karahi for 83 with Harry Wolridge-Gordon taking three wickets for 17.

His captain Scott White was also in on the act, claiming three of his own for 31.

The hard work done, the visitors raced to the required total for the loss of only two wickets led by the in-form Brian Veldsman who scored 29, but it was Wolridge-Gordon who steered his side home with a well-constructed unbeaten 27.

The win keeps Ellon on track for a high finish in the league, while keeping themselves simmering for the challenge of the Aberdeenshire Cup final on August 24.

The Gordon Park 2nds were also in great form, easing to a comfortable seven-wicket win at home to their Stonehaven counterparts.

Inspired by captain Chris Watson who grabbed three for 25, the visitors were bowled out for 113. Fiona Campbell was also on the money, taking two wickets of her own with her deadly leg spin.

Watson then continued his amazing form with the bat with a blistering 76 not out to see his side home, giving them a welcome boost a week ahead of their Johnston Rose Bowl final where they will meet Dunecht the newly-crowned Grade 4 champions at Allan Park.

The Ythanview was not the happiest of places on Saturday night after Methlick first team only drew with Banchory, fellow strugglers in a vital Grade 1 relegation game.

The home team’s failure to beat the Burnett Park side meant that they slumped into the remaining relegation slot with only two games remaining.

In a closely-fought affair MCC scored 219 for nine wickets from 45 overs. Steve Murphy had a knock of 63, while Stuart Kennedy scored 57 in what was a very respectable total. Bowling the visitors proved to be beyond the homesters, as Banchory dropped anchor, content to lose as few wickets as possible.

When stumps were drawn Banchory had reached 167 for five, this despite the best efforts of Kennedy - two for 45, and Colin Addison who ended the day with two for 47

Methlick must now beat Lahore Karahi and Knightriders, and hope that Banchory do not have similar results in their two games.

Methlick 2nds had a bad day at Countesswells where they were unable to hunt down the home total of 163 all out, collapsing to 59 with only captain Rob Fryer(19) and Jamie Jones(16) displaying any appetite for batting.