Methlick lose to table toppers

Methlick fielding
Methlick fielding

Top of the table Stoneywood Dyce visited Lairds on Saturday with almost perfect weather for cricket and a dry outfield and rock hard wicket meant that it was going to be a day for batting.

Skipper Murphy won the toss and let the visitors have first go with the bat and they took full advantage, with four of their first team players on show.

MCC prided themselves on keeping the first ten overs to a minimum but with 50 on the board at this stage the home side were going to be facing a big total.

With the century coming up Murphy was first to strike, clipping the top of off and bowling the aggressive Squire for 59.

Marc Jones quickly followed up with the wicket of Samuel, Tim Duffy taking a (literally) blinding catch at gulley which flew so quickly the fielder wasn’t even looking at it.

From then on Reid and Davidson took control and no bowler could keep them in check.

Opener Reid finally succumbed caught and bowled to Jamie Jones for 82 and Hood was a quick victim to Colin Addison who unusually took a bit of tap from the batters.

Davidson ended up not out 67 in a total of 235 for 4 off their 45 overs.

Mark Woodhouse and Jason Stark opened the batting needing to get the runs coming early but the bowling attack of Hood, Kennard and Grant gave absolutely nothing away to hit, and although the batsmen gave away no chances, only 15 runs came from the first 10 overs.

Stark was the first wicket, caught by Grant for 22. Adam Veeresema came to the middle but the bowling was still miserly and Woodhouse was eventually run-out for 11.

The middle order fared slightly better as the opening bowlers were replaced. Veeresema, Maxfield and Murphy all made a start and Addison was able to hit out but none progressed, Veeresema top scored with 30.

Birthday- boy Brian Anderson and Marc Jones chipped in at the end, but the score set was inevitably too much and Methlick were all out for a creditable 183.

Methlick 2nd team had no game this weekend.