Ellon Gordon enjoyed two highly competitive games of cricket at the Gordon Park at the weekend both against Bon Accord.
The current Grade 1 leaders, although winning the league match, followed by a victory in the SCU Small Cups, won few friends with their over zealous appeals, and harrrassment of the umpires.
While the Saturday league game passed off with a straight forward 28 run win for the Aberdeen side, the cup game was much more contentious and the win will be appealed by the Ellon club after the rain interrupted game resumed without the officials consulting both captains.
‘’When we came off for rain we were closing in on victory, but I was unhappy to go back on again as the rain had not relented. The rules are quite clear. Both captains must agree. In the event we went back on and lost by 23 runs.
“It’s a great pity after what was a brilliant two days of cricket,.’ said Ben Webb the Ellon Gordon captain.
Webb was one of the stand outs of the weekend, scoring 38 runs on the Saturday, followed up with 31 on the Sunday in the cup tie, while weighing in with a total of five wickets.
Bon Accord totalled 218 for the loss of seven wickets in the Grade 1 game, boosted by a sparkling 107 from F. Awan the league’s top run scorer.
The Ellon reply was led by Webb and Jon Barrett who put on 54 for the first wicket, but it was an unbeaten 52 from Rich Greenfield which took the home team to within touching distance of victory before the responsible Greenfield ran out of partners, leaving them 28 short of the Bon Accord total.
Ellon Gordon were strengthened for the Small Clubs clash on what started as perfect day under a bright blue sky, as Ellon set about avenging its league reverse, fielding a bowling like demons, reducing the visitors to two down for a mere eight runs before captain Andy Win stepped to the mark to save the day with a superb knock of 71, although Andrew Sterling was equally stubborn, scoring a tidy 41 to help Bon Accord to reach 166 all out, the last six wickets falling for only 29 runs.
Mark White was the pick of the home bowlers.
He put in a haul of four for 36, while Rich Greenfield took three for 46.
Ellon opener Brian Veldsman kept his team in the game with a splendid 46, aided by a captain’s knock of 31 from Webb before the rain arrived to disrupt the game, bringing a most unsatisfactory conclusion, especially as the visitors seemed not to accept the decisions of the umpires in a frantic bid to win.
Methlick were denied any play in its two games against Kemnay - Kintore, as was the case at Stonehaven where 2nd Gordon Ellon’s game was rained off.