Methlick vs Caledonian 25th August 2012 at Lairds
Methlick played host to Caledonian at Lairds on Saturday needing 16 points to be certain of promotion to the top flight of Aberdeenshire Cricket, Grade 1, for the first time in the short recent history.
They celebrate their 10 year anniversary in style this year with promotion gained!
Caledonian won the toss and put Methlick into bat. Saward and Murphy opened the batting in a new partnership, with Mark ‘Usain’ Woodhouse coming in at 3. Murphy just needed a good score to stay ahead of Saward for the best batting average this season but Saward was in determined mood.
In the end the opening partnership was 93 with Murphy the first to go caught for 35. Woodhouse lasted for 5 being caught also, with the score on 120.
Meanwhile Saward was in great form from the start of his innings quickly moving onto 50, with five 4’s and a six, as the first two wickets fell. Kennedy joined Saward at the crease and the score quickly moved to 182 with Saward and Kennedy making a great pair, taking quick runs.
Saward moved through to his third ton of the season being joined by B. Anderson after the fall of kennedy for 23 and S. Anderson, the skipper going for a golden duck. B. Anderson supported well and moved to 12 not out with one six. Methlick declared on 220 for 4 off 43 overs mindful of the extra points that would give if the match was a draw.
Saward ending on 116 not out having carried his bat with nine 4’s and two 6’s. Shaz being the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 47.
Tea was taken, an excellent spread, delivered by Noreen and Dennis courtesy of the Ythan View Hotel and 221 to win off 47 overs was to prove a tall order and eventually too much for Caledonian.
All started well for Caledonia, if steady, but L. Bowie walked out of his crease to be stumped by Woodhouse with the score on 18. There was some resistance from Thakkar but Saward proved unplayable after a great and tight opening spell from Murphy and Kennedy ending 1 for 14 off 12 and 1 for 21 off 7 respectively.
Saward took on the task of reducing Caledonian to 87 all out with terrific figures of 6 for 27 off 10. Surprise taker of the last wicket was Phil ‘the pie’ Cox with a terrific delivery bowling Gordon for 0.