Methlick avoid relegation in style

The last full round of games in Grade 1 saw Methlick pull clear of relegation with a fine win at the expense of Cults, beating one of the title hopefuls by 65 runs.

Batting first the Lairds side accumulated 175 for the loss of six wickets, boosted by an unbeaten 78 from Andy Saward who stroked the ball to all parts of the ground in impressive style.

The Cults reply never got going thanks to some quality bowling, including a fine return by Tom Duffy who captured four wickets for a meagre 11 runs.

Ellon Gordon had already saved themselves from the drop with a good second half run, though both sides will look for major improvements in 2014.

Bon Accord once again proved they are the team to beat, though the Links side will have been disappointed to have signed off with a four-wicket defeat at Kings College where, notwithstanding the win, St Ronald were relegated along with Stonehaven Thistle who lost to Grammar.

Mannofield ended up in second place, completing a good all round season by winning the top knock out competition at the expense of Cults on Sunday.

In a low scoring game at Mannofield the home side, scraped through by one wicket after restricting Cults to 131 for the loss of nine wickets.

Ellon’s season was saved when the second eleven led by Chris Watson won the Johnston Rose Bowl, beating Dunecht by 55 runs at Harlaw on Saturday.

Watson top scored with 35, some way short of the 159 he scored in an earlier round of the competition, but sufficient to give his side a trophy.