2nd Ellon bounced back from their disappointing defeat to Kintore to overcome Turriff at Gordon Park on Saturday although they were indebted to a 99 run partnership between Ken Montgomery and Ian Duncan in order to post a decent total.
For the 2nd week running, Ellon were asked to bat by the opposition captain so at least the opening batsman Gareth Galt and Bryan Fuller have become used used to this process by now. Against tight opening bowling from Mirashi and Laing, the Ellon pair found the going tough early on. Despite Galt breaking the shackles with a fine 6, over long he made his way back to the pavilion not long after.
Tom Proctor then joined Fuller. However, they weren’t together for long before Aussie Bryan departed caught and bowled by Laing.
Chris Watson was called into action ahead of schedule due to Ken Montgomery having to answer a call of nature when Fuller lost his wicket.
Unfortunately, he misjudged what was a dubious looking delivery which to almost everyone apart from the umpires looked like a no ball. Nevertheless, it wasn’t called and he made his way back to the pavilion after using every expletive in his vocabulary.
At 46 for 5 Ellon’s position was looking vulnerable but a great partnership by Ken Montgomery and Ian Duncan brought respectability to the total. The pair put on 99 runs in some difficult batting conditions to boost the Ellon total.
Andy Parks joined Duncan for the few remaining overs before the declaration was taken to give the Ellon bowlers 45 overs at their Turriff counterparts. The Ellon innings finished on 158 for 6 from 45 overs. Duncan finished on 56 not out which included 4x4s and 1x6.
Turriff then opened the batting with Dod Duncan and Davie Chalmers. Duncan made his intentions clear by launching Mark White for a couple of boundaries before Gareth Galt made the breakthrough.
Number 3 Smart came in and only lasted a couple of balls before he was well caught by Bryan Fuller at point to give Galt his 2nd wicket in the over.
The stubborn Chalmers wasn’t letting the pressure of the run rate get to him while new batsman Mirashi got off the mark in emphatic style pulling a ball which was just short of a length through midwicket.
Gareth Galt picked up both his and Ellon’s third wicket of the day when he tempted Mirashi into a false shot and he was well held by Montgomery at mid off.
Doss joined Chalmers and the pair were trying to bat out as many overs as possible to get Turriff towards a draw. Colin Souter should have picked up a wicket when a regulation edge was held by Andy Parks behind the stumps but with both the umpire and batsmen remaining unmoved, play continued despite Ellon’s best protests.
Finally, Chalmers started to think like a batsman and was trying to score some runs but this proved to be his downfall when he missed a flatter delivery from Chris Watson and was bowled for 11 to end his long stay at the crease after 24 overs.
Without the calming influence of Chalmers at the crease Turriff were looking more vulnerable. New batsman C.Duncan tried to take a quick single to Ken Montgomery and was run out at the bowlers end for his troubles.
Doss was still batting and now with the tidy looking Kola and the pair took Turriff up to the 37th over before Doss was bowled by Proctor for 18.
The writing was on the wall for Turriff now but as each over passed Ellon’s hopes to picking up the win were getting slimmer and slimmer.
Rotating his bowlers to try and get the much needed breakthrough, Hamish Paterson was introduced to the attack and he rewarded his skipper by bowling Laing for 5. F.Smart was leg before to Scott Middleton prior to Turriff’s captain Peters ran himself out trying to take a run that was never there to Proctor who threw the ball into Watson to do the rest.
Proctor was brought back into the attack to hopefully pickup the last remaining wicket and he did this with his 2nd ball when Souter took a simple catch to wrap up the victory and claim the full 30 points from the game.
It was good to get back to winning ways and with 2nd Ellon currently in 3rd position in Grade 4 hopefully they can bounce back to Grade 3 at the first attempt with the top 3 clubs all getting promoted this year.
2nd Ellon travel to Shedocksley to play Portcullis in the Johnston Rosebowl on Saturday while the 1st team are scheduled at home to St Ronald.