Ellon Gordon pulled off a stunning comeback to win the Aberdeenshire Cup against Grade 1 champions Bon Accord at Mannofield on Sunday, writes Jack Nixon.
Once again captain Scott White was a Gordon Park hero with an innings-saving knock of 45 not out after his early batsmen were reduced to 11 for four wickets. A partnership of 50 with his brother Craig (20), enabled Ellon to reach 120 all out.
Set such a lowly target the Bons seemed sure to lift the prestigious cup, but had reckoned without Richard Greenfield who stepped up to the mark to mesmerise the Aberdeen batsmen, claiming an astonishing haul of seven wickets for a mere seven runs.
Only veteran Malik was up to resisting Greenfield, top scoring with 12 as Bon Accord crashed to an 83-run defeat after being bowled out for 37.
Ellon were claiming the trophy for the third time in their distinguished history, having last won it in 1995, making it a notable weekend for the club after winning their Grade 1 match against ACE Mannofield.
Having bowled the Aberdeen side out for 78, they cruised to a six wicket win.
White was the principal wicket-taker with three for 14, while Ben Webb followed his two for six with 22 splendid runs, much of his knock made in the company of the in-form Chris Watson who was 18 not out when Ellon passed the visitors total.
Meanwhile at Methlick there was no play possible in the vital match with Knightriders, which could have seen the MCC relegated,though it might well be that given the ongoing issues related to player eligibility in the Bon Accord fixture on August 2 that they could yet get a reprieve. An announcement is due from the Grades committee later in the week.