ELLON Gordon got themselves in a winning frame of mind for the local derby with Methlick with a comprehensive seven-wicket win against Stonehaven Thistle, suggesting the Gordon Park side have put behind them the sticky start to the season, writes Jack Nixon.
The league champions soon set about dismissing the Mearns outfit, restricting them to a meagre 82 all out in a concentrated burst of good fielding and bowling.
The pick of the Ellon attack being veteran Andy Parks, none the worse for his three over mauling at the hands of Morton the previous weekend. Parks had a personal haul of two wickets for a paltry four runs.
The Ellon reply was led by Stewart Davies who top scored with 35 as they eased home with seven wickets to spare, making it two wins in a row for the champions.
Methlick’s preparation for the all-East Gordon clash on Saturday was less inspired, though their two-wicket defeat at the hands of Mannofield was full of fight and character.
Despite being bowled out for 108 the Lairds lads made the Aberdeen side battle all the way, claiming eight wickets in the process, but not enough to stop the home side winning the closely fought affair, enabling them to go top of the league.
The big two of local cricket go into the derby match at the Gordon Park in good shape, keen to claim the bragging rights at the end of the first-ever clash of the two first teams in a competitive match.
Elsewhere, the eagerly anticipated clash of Cults and Bon Accord at Allan Park was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Inverurie Don Valley heaped more misery on St Ronald at King’s College, keeping the Aberdeen side firmly anchored at the foot of Grade 1.
Ellon Gordon’s second string were involved in a high-scoring game at Banchory. Despite amassing 215 for the loss of six wickets, the Grade 3 side were overhauled by the visitors who lost seven wickets in the process.
Methlick seconds were also beaten going down by six wickets at Lairds where the home team could only muster 75.