Ellon back in the groove but double woe for Methlick

Ellon Gordon captain Chris Watson strokes his way to victory against Banchory
Ellon Gordon captain Chris Watson strokes his way to victory against Banchory

Ellon Gordon bounced back to form with a convincing seven wicket win against Banchory at the Burnett Park where the White brothers were flying for the visitors.

Refreshed by a week off the Gordon Park side made short shrift of the home batting, dismissing them for 96 before knocking the required target for the loss of only three wickets.

Andy Parks was again on the money with three for 18. Satayamurthy also grabbed three Banchory wickets.

Ellon eased home with captain Scott White top scoring with an unbeaten 38 in the company of brother Craig who was 21 not out, as the two passed the home total.

Ellon 2nds were involved in a much tighter game, seeing off its Banchory counterparts by only seven runs in a thrilling finish.

Batting first captain Chris Watson was the saviour, coming to the rescue after the home side had lost early wickets.

His 34 was both thoughtful and aggressive, including one over in which he hit spinner Arjun Ramesh for three and fours and a six to swing the game Ellon’s way.

A total of 113 never looked to a winning one until Tom Proctor stepped up to the mark, capturing five Banchory wickets for 26, but it was Charles George who helped save the day, taking the valuable scalp of visiting skipper Tim Wilkinson as he closed in on the home total.

The veteran made 23 in the Banchory chase to win, only for them to fall seven short on 106 all out.

The Ythan View Hotel was not the happiest of places on Saturday night after both Methlick sides lost their matches, including the second team’s disappointing reverse in its top of the table clash with Dunecht. Both sides were in fact well beaten on a day to forget for the club.

The first eleven were no match for Cults Artisans at Allan Park where despite Shaun Murphy’s 71 and Mark Woodhouse’s 41 the visitors total of 150 was overhauled by the homesters with some ease, losing only three wickets in the process.

But arguably the biggest disappointment was the failure of the high - flying Methlick 2nds to rise to the occasion against second placed Dunecht who after bowling the home side out for 93, knocked off the runs for the loss of only two wickets. But for an inspired knock of 71 by Jamie Jones the margin of defeat might have been greater.

Methlick will be keen to return to winning ways this weekend when both sides are in action against near neighbours Ellon Gordon.

The first teams of the two deadly rivals meet at the Gordon Park, while the two second elevens clash at Lairds.