Ellon Gordon returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory at home to Banchory in the top grade, while Methlick tightened their grip at the head of affairs in Grade 2.
Ellon were never seriously stretched in their home Grade 1 match with beleaguered Banchory, bowling the visitors out 124, mainly due to some inspired bowling from captain Scott White who ripped the heart out of the puny challenge of the visiting batsman.
White returned five wickets for 28, confining the Burnett Park side to their sixth consecutive defeat.
The Ellon response was led by veteran campaigner Jonny Barratt who strolled to a classy unbeaten 52, although he was given a reprieve when former Ellon Gordon player Graeme Nixon dropped him after he only scored one run.
Brian Veldsman weighed in with 26 as the Gordon Park side strolled to a six-wicket win.
Ellon now meet Knightriders away from home on Saturday.
Up at Lairds, Methlick continued their seemingly relentless march to the Grade 2 title at the expense of Queens Cross/ Stoneywood-Dyce who battled to 132 for six, only to be easily overhauled by the home side for the loss of six wickets, although the homesters suffered a mini wobble before closing out the gallant Aberdeen side.
Once again the Andersons were the vital players for the winners. Brian’s two wickets for 47 was key to the home bowling performance, while Stuart’s 30 was a crucial knock in the MCC innings.
The highflying Methlick will be fully tested on Saturday when they travel to Countesswells for their game with Gordonians who look sure to be in the title shake-up at the end of the season.
The visitors may have gone home empty-handed, but not before they enjoyed the most sumptuous of teas provided by the army of tea ladies on duty at Lairds.
In Grade 3 old boy Scott Middleton scored his second century for the second eleven, enabling Ellon Gordon to hunt down the 140 set by their Banchory counterparts.
Middleton was in imperious form, mixing his natural attacking flair with a new-found responsible attitude, best reflected in his partnership of 98 with Hamish Paterson in which the latter scored only nine runs.
The hard-hitting Middleton also found time to hit 22 fours in his knock.
Earlier in the day Middleton had helped the cause of the team with his two for 20 when the home side batted.
The joy of winning should be tempered by the fact that apart from veteran Tim Wilkinson who top scored with 65 for the home team the opposition were made up of inexperienced teenagers.