Mixed fortunes for Ellon

Ellon suffered a batting slump in their defeat at Inverurie - all out for 104.
Ellon suffered a batting slump in their defeat at Inverurie - all out for 104.

Ellon Gordon enjoyed mixed fortunes over the weekend, suffering defeat in their Grade One fixture by foot of the table Inverurie before going on to win their Aberdeenshire Cup tie against the Knightriders at Gordon Park.

The reverse at Kellands Park was hard to take for an Ellon side bidding to make it three wins in a row, but failure to take catches at vital times enabled the home side to reach 157 for the loss of eight wickets when a total of 100 should have been par for the course.

Despite a final bowling performance from Satyamurthy who took five for 37, the visitors were with a mountain to climb, failing to chase down the Inverurie effort, slumping to 104 all out.

Brian Veldsman alone stood firm with a solid 38.

The cup tie was a different affair in which Ellon batted first, reaching 60 before losing their first wicket, but with Veldsman again in sound nick, looked set to post a challenging total.

At 131 for one an easy win appeared a likely outcome, especially with Veldsman at the crease.

When three wickets fell on the same total it was panic stations all round until Chris Watson fresh from his splendid knock of 86 in the Johnston Rose Bowl the previous day at Methlick saved the day with a gutsy 37 to take the total to a respectable 198. Veldsman again top scored with 62.

It proved too much for the Aberdeen side who despite a rash of dropped catches were dismissed for 179. Captain Scott White took three for 33, while Richard Greenfield weighed in with three of his own for 41 runs, as Ellon triumphed, albeit in another Jekyll and Hide performance.