REVENGE was sweet for Ellon 1st XI when they defeated Mannofield at Groats Road on Saturday. They had been defeated twice by the Aberdeen side this season, once in the league and the other in the Aberdeenshire Cup. However, it was to be third time lucky for the visitors who cruised to a comfortable victory.
Ellon won thje toss and invited their hosts to bat. They opened with Grayson and Rana, both gifted batsmen. White and Aman were spearheading the Ellon attack.
Luckily White claimed the wicket of Rana when Wolrige Gordon held on to a catch at mid on in White’s fourth over. Aman and White continued the bowling attack and both bowled an excellent line and length making it difficult to get runs. After 20 overs Mannofield had only mustered 22 runs - but Ellon only had one wicket.
White and Aman bowled their allocation of 12 overs and Delgarno replaced Aman and Greenfield for White. Delgarno claimed the scalp of Russell in his second over and Mannofield were 58 for 2 with 28n overs bowled.
Findlay came out to the crease and he and Grayson enjoyed a partnership until Wade. who had replaced Delgarno, bowled Grayson for 49.
Sweeney came to ther wicket and smashed a few boundaries before being caught at mid off by the Ellon captain. Wade had got his second wicket and his third was that of George who had smashed one six to the midwicket boundary, Aman taking a simple catch at long on.
Two balls later Johnston, the Mannofield captain, was taking the very long walk back to the pavilion, the umpire giving him out lbw.
While Wade was claimed all the wickets, Greenfield was bowling tirelessly at the other end with no success. Wade then had Gamblen out lbw. Wade had six wickets and should have had seven but a dropped catch at slip put an end to that. However, Mannofield’s innings ended in the next over when Greenfield cleanbowled young Grayson. A total of 44.1 overs had been bowled and 139 runs scored.
Ellon’s opening pair strode out to face George and Johnston. They chipped away slowly and after 10 overs only 23 runs had been scored. However, as their confidence grew so did the run rate and by 16 overs they had pushed the score up to 58.
George was replaced by young Grayson who had taken six Ellon wickets in the cup match two weeks earlier. Aman was playing wityh such confidence that any poor ball was sent to the boundary and it was not long until the Ellon players had applauded his 50.
The Mannofield captain tried different bowlers with no success and Davies, who was playing the supporting role in the partnership let Aman show his ability as a batsman. In the 33rd over Ellon had the 30 points they were so determined to get. Aman remained unbeaten on 82, with Davies on 42.