Cup gloom for Ellon

THE weather was the winner on Saturday when Ellon Gordon’s Grade One fixture was called off at Cults when heavy overnight rain ruled out play at Allan Park, leaving the Ellon side to concentrate on their cup game on Sunday at the Gordon Park.

There was, however, no cup respite for the league’s strugglers who agonisingly slid to an 11-run defeat at the hands of Morton.

The Edinburgh side batted first, racking up a challenging 202 from its allocated 40 overs which proved to be just out of reach of the gallant Ellon Gordon reply. Captain Scott White praised his charges saying: “It has not been the easiest of seasons, losing too many key players was always going to make it hard for us, but this was a good effort. 191 was a good score, all we needed was a big over near the end of the innings.

“It’s a defeat, but it might prove to be a launching pad for the rest of the season.”

Elsewhere in the competition Culter Curry Bon Accord racked up 333 for the loss of eight wickets on the way to a 171 run win over Woodcutters who were bowled out for 162.

In the meantime Methlick took the opportunity to move up Grade One with a fine eight-wicket win over bottom side Ist St Ronald on a splendid day at Lairds one of the idyllic venues in Scottish cricket. It was a day on which veterans were to the fore for the home side. Colin Addison showed he has lost none of his guile, capturing four wickets for 20, while Mark Woodhouse scored a painstaking 31 in support of Scott Anderson who notched a splendid unbeaten 61 in hunting down the St Ronald total of 147. Club secretary Jay Allan hailed the win, saying: “We were in a false position in the relegation area. This win is a better reflection on our playing ability.

“We can now look forward to making some progress in the league. An away game against ACE Mannofield will be a big test, but we’ll be targeting the away game at Ellon as a must win game the following week.”

The derby clash at Ellon will in fact be the first competitive meeting of the two sides, and promises to be a big occasion for local cricket, especially as both clubs are dangerously near to the relegation area.