Methlick also played host to Cults Artisans in an early battle for Grade 2 supremacy. Winning the toss, they allowed Cults to have first go on a hard and flat looking wicket.
Murphy bowled with good pace but struggled with the wildly swinging ball and anything loose was confidently dealt with by opener Dougie Anderson. At the river end, Acton bowled a good line and kept the runs to a minimum.
Cults opener Thomson was soon in trouble and a straight one from Murphy saw the umpires finger raised to bring up the first wicket for 20. Back problems saw Murphy replaced by Maxfield, who clean-bowled Gourlay in his second over. Three overs later, the dangerous Gill was tucking his bat under his arm and trudging back to the hut after his stumps were sent tumbling by Maxfield.
With Saward coming on at the river end further pressure was put on the scoring rate, leading to Fail edging to Murphy at second slip. 4 for 74. The next 8 overs saw only 3 further runs added, the only bright spot for Cults being a half century for Anderson. O’Brien finally succumbed to Saward with the score on 5 for 87 after 30 overs. Cults ended up with 141 all out.
After tea, Woodhouse and skipper Anderson helped themselves to some easy runs with a brisk, trouble-free scoring rate. Woodhouse, going for a second run, found his path blocked by the imposing figure of Gill behind the stumps and tried to run through him. The clash left Gill poleaxed on the floor and Woodhouse forced to walk, run-out for 18.
Murphy came out to the middle to accompany Saward to his second successive half century and the coup de grace was delivered with Murphy dispatching the returning Goswami for 6 to win the game by 8 wickets in the 31st over.
Methlick’s second win of the season saw them leap-frog Cults into 3rd place and Saturday’s trip to Inverurie sees another table topping clash.