Batsmen take over

Ellon bowler Hamish Paterson powers in a delivery against Academy.
Ellon bowler Hamish Paterson powers in a delivery against Academy.

The recent warm weather has become a nightmare for bowlers, forced to bowl on hard, unhelpful wickets as was the case at the weekend when batsmen took advantage of weary fast, medium and spinners of all kinds.

Ellon Gordon were involved in such a run fest against at Harlaw Road where Mannofield and the visitors amassed 564 runs for the loss of only nine wickets, leaving the game to end in a draw.

The home side will, however, be the happier of the two, picking up 23 points and losing only three wickets while scoring 293, led by century maker Steve Elliot, leaving Ellon with a mountain to climb.

Given the conditions, captain Scott White’s two wickets for 51 was a remarkable achievement for the visitors.

In the event, White’s team they came up only 22 runs short of the home total to collect 14 points.

Methlick were on the wrong end of a high scoring result, scoring a respectable 243 for two, only to be overhauled by Aberdeen Grammar who lost four wickets in the successful run chase.

Stuart Anderson was again in fine form for the MCC, hitting another half century, but outscored by with a splendid unbeaten 86 from Stewart Kennedy , though both home batsmen failed to accelerate later in the innings.

Elsewhere Bon Accord kept its title hopes on track with a nine wicket win against Inverurie, while in the battle of the two St Ronalds sides, the second strings held sway, confining their colleagues to near certain relegation with a seven wicket win in a game which yielded 476 runs.

Cults eased home at Allan Park with 92 run win against Stonehaven.

On a day when batsmen made hay it was gratifying to know that there were no reports of them failing to walk when out, but then very few of them were dismissed in the near prefect conditions.

Meanwhile, no records were broken in Ellon Gordon’s 2nd XI fixture against Academy at Ellon last Saturday, but a further very valuable 30 points were gained as they strive to get into the top third of Grade 3 before the end of the season.

Unlike in a number of games this season they were able to field probably their strongest side for the fixture against unbeaten Academy.

On winning the toss Ellon had no hesitation in asking the opposition to bat first. The opening few overs passed without incident then Mark White, playing his first game for Ellon’s second string, struck first by trapping Majeed lbw in the nineth over. Kache and Pant added a further 39 runs before Kache was caught in the slips off K.Paterson for 35. Next over H.Paterson had Pant caught by Waqar.

Another 39 run partnership was achieved by Livingstone and the dangerous looking Deshmukh before K.Paterson struck again having the former caught by Javia and once

again brother Hamish followed suit next over having Deshmukh caught by White reducing Academy to 107 for 5.

The Ellon bowlers were really on top now with the result that the remaining five wickets fell for the addition of 32 runs. Young Keir Paterson claiming a further two while skipper Watson picked up the tail enders in a spell of three for seven in only three overs.

Javia was asked to open again with new partner Middleton but how unsuccessful this proved to be with the latter being run out first over due lack of decent communication between the two. Javia joined him back in the pavilion two overs later leaving Ellon four for two - not the start they were looking for.

Skipper Watson joined Stallard and they set about restoring order with a 43-run partnership. Later, veteran Duncan, along with Stallard, set about putting together what was to be a match-winning partnership of 79 runs - inflicting a first Grade defeat of the season on Academy.