METHLICK eased to a straightforward win by eight wickets over Aberdeen Grammar FPs in their Grade 2 fixture at Rubislaw on Saturday.
The much-anticipated fixture between the Lairds side and league leaders, St Ronald, had been washed out again the previous week, the weather this season preventing any kind of continuity in the Grades.
However, Methlick needed to concentrate on the job ahead to continue the push for promotion, always unsure of the quality of side that Grammar would produce. Indeed, Saturday’s game provided some unknown faces to contend with.
With the threat of rain ever-present, skipper Anderson had no hesitation in putting the opposition in to bat.
Returning after a long spell of injury Murphy opened the bowling, starting with a maiden full of pace and threat.
Ominously for the FPs batsmen, Saward started with his usual menacing in-swingers. These proved too hot for Rama to handle and was clean bowled for not many in the fourth over.
Murphy was giving little away at the other end, but it was the ever-present threat of Saward who struck again taking Arul and Rizwan with the first two balls of his third over. Three following consecutive maidens left the Grammar batting order already in dire straits at 3 for 10 off 9 overs.
A brief respite saw the score move onwards until Saward struck again. Murphy finished an excellent, although wicketless spell, going for only 8 in 8 overs. Addison joined the attack bowling frugally but also, unusually, without taking any wickets.
Grammar fought back and reached a slightly more credible 65 for 5 but the introduction of Kennedy and Brian Anderson put paid to any hopes of pushing the scoring on to a position of any dominance.
Rehlaj and Whyte, the only batsmen to get into double figures, made their exit - the former caught, bowled by Kennedy, the latter caught off Anderson coming in to the attack with his accurate two-step pace bowling. A towering catch taken by McHardy in the deep provided Kennedy with his fourth wicket.
The last few wickets fell very cheaply and Grammar were dismissed for a disappointing 74, with the pick of the bowling, Saward 4-19, Kennedy 4-18 and Anderson wrapping up proceedings with 2 for 2 off 4 overs.
Whyte opened the bowling with brisk pace, supported by “dibbly-dobbly” bowling from Rahul.
It was so slow and looping that it was very difficult for openers Woodhouse and Kennedy to decide where to hit the ball. Kennedy, lacking any kind of pace on the ball, mistimed a lofted on-drive and was caught in the deep.
There was little to fear in the bowling attack and only a lazy shot to an out-swinging full toss saw Woodhouse hole out to cover with the score on 49. Saward and Murphy played out for a comfortable win by 8 wickets, only to see the heavens open once more but too late to save the FPs.
Next week should see a sterner test from visitors to Lairds, Cults Artisans - weather permitting.