Mauling for Methlick firsts

After two less than impressive batting performances Methlick needed to look to their laurels to ensure their Grade One status when they met Lahore Karahi in Aberdeen.

Stuart Kennedy standing in as captain made a good start to his day, winning the toss, but thereafter it was all downhill for the visitors as the homesters romped to 305 for the loss of just four wickets.

Despite the mauling, Jamie Jones turned in the respectable figures of two for 53, helped by two blinding catches taken by Kennedy and Jake Allan.

Methlick’s reply was led by Kennedy (21) and veteran Mark Woodhouse whose knock of 25 came to an abrupt end when he was adjudged to be leg before, this despite the fact that he was three strides down the wicket.

The dismissal knocked the heart out of the visiting response, leading to the capitulation of the lower order batting, and a final total of 122.

The eagerly awaited semi-final clash of the Methlick 2nds and their Ellon Gordon counterparts was much more keenly-contested with the visitors keen to avenge a seven-wicket defeat in Grade Four the previous week.

The match went right to the wire in a thrilling game of cricket, only resolved after the two sides had racked up over 400 runs between them.

The home side batted first, boosted by a classy innings of 77 from Alan Smith and his in form captain Rob Fryer who scored an equally impressive 52. Their solid partnership taking the home total to 205 for six wickets, three of which fell to Ellon captain Chris Watson.

Not for the first time skipper Watson rose to the challenge, hitting his side to sight of victory, but getting caught out with the scores level and his own total on 86.

Ellon eventually fell over the winning line, but only after losing three wickets with the scores tied.

The Ellon Gordon side now progress to the final where they will meet Dunecht.

For Watson it was a weekend to savour, having steered his side to a final before helping his club move into the latter stages of the Aberdeenshire competition the following day.

For Methlick it is now a question of the firsts saving their skins in Grade One, while the seconds concentrate on winning the Grade Four title.