While most games of cricket in the North-east were rained off over the weekend, Methlick 2nds were able to play, albeit on a soggy track at Stonehaven, getting the reward of a first win of the season.
Stonehaven 2nds batted first after MCC skipper Rob Fryer had asked the home side to bat on a soft, seaming wicket which seemed to suit opener David Wathern, who hit an aggressive 27.
The Lairds bowlers persevered and once the troublesome Wathern had departed the scene wickets tumbled in the face of accurate bowling.
Jamie Jones was particularly effective, tying the home batsmen down, getting his reward with three wickets, while Grant Cordiner and Matt Day kept the pressure on, taking two wickets apiece.
Set 53 to win, Methlick took their time to overhaul the home total with Scott Gordon holding up one end before going on to end the afternoon not out 14.
Nigel King and Wathern bowled steadily, taking five Methlick wickets before they were able to claim a deserved first win under the shrewd captaincy of Rob Fryer.
In the same division, Ellon Gordon were unable to get any action in their Grade Four game against Kemnay-Kintore.
In the top grade, Ellon Gordon vs Bon Accord did not bowl a ball, as was the case at Kellands Park where Inverurie Don Valley and Methlick were due to meet.
This Saturday, both local Grade One sides have home games. Ellon Gordon meet Knightriders, while Methlick host ACE Mannofield.
In Grade Four, Ellon 2nds are away to Gordonians 2nds and Fryer’s men travel to Kemnay-Kintore bidding to make it two wins in a row.