Cricket beats the weather

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Local cricket defied the rain at the weekend, though there were mixed fortunes for Ellon Gordon and Methlick in the light, but persistent drizzle.

Ellon took advantage of home comforts, easing past Grade 1 strugglers ACE Mannofield, but there was no joy for Methlick’s first and second elevens.

Mannofield batted first at the Gordon Park, reaching a respectable 199 before being bowled out. Michael White was the pick of the home attack, turning in the impressive figures of three wickets for five, while Mike Tremlett weighed in with two for 35 in difficult, wet conditions.

The home reply was led by Ben Webb who scored a splendid unbeaten 91 as Ellon Gordon cruised to a seven wicket win.

Jon Barrett’s half century stand with Webb was the cornerstone of the win. Webb was unlucky not to get his century, but unselfishly put a win first.

At Fraserburgh a valiant effort from Methlick to over haul the home total of 188 for nine in its Grade 2 game fell five runs short, not helped by an unfortunate injury to Mark Woodhouse who had battled to 37 before having retire.

Methlick’s run machine Steve Murphy was again in imperious form, adding 69 to his tally for the form, but getting out just as the visitors closed in on the home total.

The defeat is a blow to the Lairds side’s promotion hopes, but such is the character of the side that they are more than capable of going to Rubislaw on Saturday and beating 2nd Grammar, though they will be hopeful of having the services of anchor man Woodhouse.

Once again veteran bowler Colin Addison was a key player, taking two valuable wickets for 35.

2nd Methlick were at home to 2nd Grampian, but failed to cash in on being at the Lairds, collapsing to 100 all out with only J Boughey making a fist of the wet, yielding pitch, scoring a tidy 38, although P Rice chipped in with 24 as other batsmen lost their wickets.

In the end it was a pretty straight forward win for the Aberdeen side who passed the home total for the loss of five wickets, two of which fell to S Choudry.