A welcome double for Methlick

Methlick Cricket Club enjoyed a return to form at the weekend when both sides won their Grade 1 and Grade 4 fixtures in sunny conditions.

At Lairds, the first team were put in to bat by Mannofield on a green tinged strip, the ground being a testament to the hard work put in by Charlie Coulsen and Neil Purdey.

The decision to ask the home side to bat was quickly justified, as the in-form skipper Stuart Anderson was bowled by Shorten for one run before Kennedy and Mike Bremanesen moved the score on to 41.

After the departure of Bremansen for 19, Murphy joined Kennedy to take the total to 68 before he was bowled.

The promising start soon dissolved, as four more Methlick wickets fell, leaving them on 81 for the loss of seven wickets, which quickly became 98 for nine.

A valiant rearguard took the home total to 129, leaving Brian Anderson on an unbeaten 18, having put on 31 for the last wicket in the company of Duffy, the last man out.

Duffy continued to play a key role in the match when Mannofield replied, capturing two early wickets before Kennedy and Colin Addison took over the bowling duties, but thwarted by I Yahathugoda who scored an impressive 62.

It took his side to within touching distance of victory, only to lose his off stump to the wily Addison who ended the day with the splendid return of three for 18. Kennedy was no less effective with four for 27, leaving the Aberdeen side 22 short of the home total.

Methlick 2nds made it two wins in a row when they eased past the Kemnay/Kintore total of 76 with five wickets to spare.

Only C Crugel was able to break free from the stranglehold the visiting attack imposed on the home batsmen, hitting an aggressive 25 not out, but unable to prevent his side from slumping to 76 all out. Shadid Choudry was the pick of the Methlick bowlers, taking five wickets for 15.

The Methlick reply was cautious with captain Rob Fryer setting the tone with a careful 21 before Jamie Jones cut loose with a care free 32 not out to see his side home with five wickets in hand.