Ellon Gordon enjoyed their best weekend of the season, starting with an 18-run win on Saturday against Grammar at Rubislaw in Grade 1 before going on to beat the same opponents on the same ground in the last eight of the Aberdeenshire Cup.
The cup win was all the more significant given that Ellon are the holders and will strongly fancy themselves to go all the way in the competition after being handed a home tie in the semi-final against Lahore Karahi on August 9.
The league win keeps the Gordon Park men on track for a league and cup double in what is turning out to be a splendid season for the oldest sporting organisation in the town.
Ellon Gordon captain Scott White said: “We are having a good season, and would be delighted to be able to successfully defend the Aberdeenshire Cup, though it will be difficult to catch Bon Accord in the league, but you can bet we will be giving it our best shot.”
Not for the first time the Ellon skipper was a key figure in the weekend activity, claiming three wickets for only three runs in the league game, while chipping in with two for seven in the cup win on Sunday.
But Ellon Gordon are far from being a one-man team, as Brian Veldsman proved with a stubborn 40 in his side’s total of 150 for eight wickets on the Saturday before going on to better it with a classy 50 in the cup. Grammar in reply were 132 all out with Richard Greenfield taking two for 21.
On the Sunday, Grammar were again bowled out, this time improving by 16 runs to reach 148.
A total that Ellon passed with some ease for the loss of only five wickets, led by the immaculate Veldsman who demonstrated the kind of application that wins games, even competitions.
The shock of the quarter-finals was the exit of Bon Accord at the hands of deadly rivals Cults-St Ronald in a nail-biting finish at the Links.
The visitors had only two wickets left as they successfully hunted down the 219 required to beat the favourites.
At Turriff there was no joy for 2nd Methlick who crashed out of the Johnston Rose Bowl at the semi-final stage after being bowled out for 89. Alan Smith hit a tidy 32, but ran out of partners as the visitors failed to build a challenging total.
Turriff were equally limited when they batted, struggling to pass the low total, but eventually eased through for the loss of seven wickets, three of which fell to P Rice for only 19 runs.
Methlick’s first team were denied a game when their home fixture against Stonehaven was declared void.