Ellon suffer first Grade 1 Setback

Ellon's Scott White delivers against Cults.
Ellon's Scott White delivers against Cults.

Ellon Gordon suffered their first defeat in Grade 1 on Saturday when the were beaten at home by Cults-Artisans.

Ellon failed to contain the visiting batsmen who helped themselves to 207 for the loss of seven wickets from their allocation of 45 overs.

Krishna Trishal was particularly hard on the home bowling attack, hitting a superb 84, but well supported by opener Geet Grover who scored a fine 49 before being caught and bowled by Ben Webb.

Richard Greenfield was the pick of the Ellon bowlers, grabbing two for 43 from his 12 overs, while Mark White stepped up with four overs in which he claimed two for 21.

Charles George had only two overs, but had the satisfaction of taking the wicket of the aggressive Trishal, denying him a well- deserved century.

The home reply got off to the worst possible start, losing openers Rehan Haider and Chris Watson before either batsmen had reached double figures.

Despite stubborn knocks from captain Scott White (31) and Jonny Barrett (33), Ellon Gordon were never likely to hunt down the 208 required for victory, although Ben Webb (28) and Tom Proctor (25) weighed in with useful knocks.

The collapse of the Ellon tail left them 39 short of the target on 168, mainly due to an inspired spell of bowling from Himanchu Saraswat who ended the day with six for 31.

This coming weekend Ellon Gordon meet Crescent in the league at home before starting the defence of the Aberdeenshire Cup at Banchory on Sunday.

In the meantime, up the road at Lairds, Methlick enjoyed a second successive win against Inverurie to send out a strong message they will be a force to be reckoned with in Grade 2, although Saturday’s eight-wicket victory was achieved in the Bon Accord Cup.

The visitors batted well enough, though not quickly enough to win the game, but were best served by Tom Norval (50) and George Hadden (44), enabling the Don Valley side to reach 168 for the loss of only three wickets. Stuart Kennedy took two of the wickets to fall, underlining his worth to the Methlick club.

Kennedy then went on to star with the bat, hitting a sumptuous 71 while Stuart Anderson was equally as effective with an unbeaten 57 as the home side cruised to 169 for the loss of two wickets.

The ease in which Methlick are winning games is a clear indication that the Lairds side are on target for a Grade 2 and Bon Accord Cup double, although no one at the club was getting carried away on the back of the early successes.

Neither second team from Ellon Gordon or Methlick were in action.