Ellon Gordon and Methlick maintain their good form

Ellon 2nds Ronnie Faulkner deals with a Crathie delivery.
Ellon 2nds Ronnie Faulkner deals with a Crathie delivery.

Ellon Gordon and Methlick continue to set the pace in Grade 1 and Grade 2 after both sides had convincing wins in their respective leagues, writes Jack Nixon.

Ellon Gordon recovered from being bowled out for 130 at Fraserburgh to dismiss the home side for only 83 to maintain their title bid in Grade 1, while at Lairds Methlick were impressive eight-wicket winners against Inverurie Don Valley.

At Fraserburgh, a weakened Ellon side struggled to a total of 130, bolstered by a solid 49 from middle order batsman Chris Watson, but well supported by Tom Proctor who chipped in with an invaluable 28.

Defending such a low total Ben Webb rose to the occasion, pinning down the home batsmen while grabbing wickets at regular intervals.

Webb ended the afternoon with the impressive figures of six for 28 to help dismiss the home side for 83, making it four wins out of four starts.

Champions Bon Accord look the danger to Ellon’s title push, having also started the season with four victories.

2nd Ellon Gordon were less impressive in their home game with Crathie, slumping to 33 all out, leaving the visitors with the easy task of knocking the meagre total of 37 for the loss of two wickets.

Not for the first time veteran bowler Bob McAra was among the wickets, claiming two for only five runs.

Faced with defending such a lowly total Scott Middleton, in the company of the promising junior Ross Kennard, made a brave fight of things, bowling tidily and effectively to restrict the Deeside batsmen, while taking a wicket apiece.

Kennard underlined his potential in a North Under 14 match against their Fife counterparts at Stoneywood on Sunday, grabbing one wicket, while sharing in a last wicket stand of 42 in which he scored 14.

Methlick overcame bogey side Inverurie in style, retaining a 100% record in Grade 2 and look well set to bounce back to the top flight of Grades cricket.

Stuart Kennedy was again the hero of the day, displaying great all round form, starting by taking three for 13 as the Inverurie visitors crashed to 80 all out after being put in to bat, giving MCC the simple task of knocking off runs to maintain their title charge.

Openers Tom Acton and Jamie Jones attempted to reach the total without loss of wicket with Jones demonstrating his Carribean style of batting, but after the departure of the two the more circumspect style of Kennedy (20) and Murphy saw them home. Their unbeaten partnership of 35 ensuring an impressive eight- wicket win.

2nd Methlick were less convincing, slumping to a 185-run defeat away to Slyapa who amassed 251 for the loss of five wickets. Steve Memon was a century maker for the home side. Grant Cordiner bowled well in the face of the home onslaught, hanging in to take two wickets, but it was Ross Kennedy who took what bowling honours were on offer with figures of three for 44 on what was a poor day for the side.

Alan Smith scored 23 in the meagre total of 66 when the 2nds batted.