Gordon have no answer to Cults bowler

Ellon's Craig White falls victim to Cults-Artisans'  in-form Himanchu Saraswat in the Aberdeenshire Cup.
Ellon's Craig White falls victim to Cults-Artisans' in-form Himanchu Saraswat in the Aberdeenshire Cup.

An understrength Ellon Gordon were no match for Aberdeenshire Cup opponents Cults-Artisans at Methlick where on a windswept Lairds the wiles of Himanchu Saraswat were too much for the defending champions, writes Jack Nixon.

Ellon appeared to have put themselves in the driving seat after bowling Cults out for 124, only to collapse to 60 all out in the face of some near unplayable bowling from Saraswat who ended the day with six wickets for 24 runs.

Ellon captain Scott White said: “I thought we had done the hard part by containing them to 124, but we were never able to master Saraswat who was taking his second six-wicket haul against us this season.

“It’s a disappointing end to our season, but having six of our key players missing proved to be too much of a handicap.”

Ellon had made the worst of starts to the weekend, losing out to lowly Banchory at the Burnett Park on the Saturday.

Chasing 176 Ellon handed the home side their first win of the season, crashing to 124 all out with only Chris Watson standing up to be counted with a knock of 40.

White took the bowling honours, claiming four for 18.

The weekend did, however, bring one piece of good news for the Gordon Park side when the ACA Competition sub-committee announced that the result of the Mannofield-Ellon game was to be reversed after the Aberdeen side had fielded an ineligible player. Adrian Neill was deemed not to have been registered.

The Shire opening bowler had taken five for eight in the game.

In stark contrast, Methlick put their recent disappointments behind them at the Peoples Park where they were worthy 74-run winners against Queens-Cross/S’d Dyce.

The downside of the win was an injury to veteran opener Mark Woodhouse who, after hitting a classy 51, had to retire with a strained calf muscle.

The visitors posted an impressive 194 for seven before bowling the home side out for 116.

The Lairds bowling hero was Colin Addison who rolled back the years with a haul of five wickets for 26.

But it was too little, and too late to force the Methlick side into the Grade 2 promotion race, leaving them to look forward to another season out of the top flight of the local game, though on this form a return to Grade 1 should be a formality next season.