Big wins for both Methlick 1st & 2nds

For Methlick seconds it was their first win of the season
For Methlick seconds it was their first win of the season

After last week’s disappointing performance at Fraserburgh, Methlick needed to bounce back with a win to lift them out of relegation territory.

Bouyed by new signing, Jason Stark, spirits lifted as a heatwave hit Methlick.

A tough battle was expected against a high-scoring Knightriders and on a slick outfield.

The visitors batted first and the swing of Murphy complimented the tight line and length of Veeresemsa who struck quickly bowling Nangia for 4.

Ballal came in and started trying to hit everything out of the park.

An edge looked imminent but it was a mix up between the two batsmen that saw him run out after an accurate throw from Murphy.

The Jones’ namesakes, Mark and Jamie, added their threat to the attack and wickets started to fall.

Junior bowling at pace and Mark with accurate in-swingers taking four wickets between them.

All of the Knightriders’ batsmen made starts but were all undone in the high teens and mid-twenties with none going on to make a challenging score.

A few loose overs at the end set them up with a score of 167 all out; possibly around par for the conditions.

New boy Stark didn’t last long, being bowled by Veera for 7, but Stuart Anderson and Veeresema made full use of the good conditions and fast outfield.

Anderson, visibly tiring, was run out just short of his half century for 47 in a partnership of 102.

Veeresema went past his 50 but was then caught on 53, but at this stage MCC were only 37 runs short with 16 overs left.

The only blip was the run-out of Woodhouse, but Murphy (31 not out) and Junior Jones (13 not out) saw them comfortably over the line with 8 overs to spare.

Meanwhile in Aberdeen Methlick 2 nd team faced an imposing 200 runs for victory.

The Methlick top three batted fantastically with Rob Fryer scoring 66, Phillip Rice 47 and Brian Anderson 44 to bring the team home also with 8 overs to spare to make it a double for MCC.