Mixed Fortunes for local clubs

Charlie Wolridge-Gordon hit an unbeaten 70 for Ellon Gordon 2nds.
Charlie Wolridge-Gordon hit an unbeaten 70 for Ellon Gordon 2nds.

The weather was the winner in Grade 1 with only one game able to go ahead.

Among the rain-affected matches was Ellon Gordon’s fixture in Aberdeen where they were scheduled to meet Knightriders, although the Gordon Park side’s second eleven were able to play, taking full advantage of the dry conditions with an 84-run win at home to St Ronald (Cults 2nds).

Methlick had a poor Saturday, as both elevens crashed to heavy defeats, but gained some consolation on Sunday when the second team marched into the semi-final of the Johnston Rose Bowl, beating Siyapa by six wickets at Lairds.

Ellon Gordon 2nds amassed 256 for the loss of six wickets at Gordon Park against St Ronald before bowling Gordonians out for 162.

Charlie Wolridge-Gordon was in fine nick for the home team, scoring a splendid unbeaten 70, but the innings of the day came from newcomer Jain Abhishek who marked his debut for the club with a superb 78 which included four sixes and 10 fours. The new boy enjoyed a partnership of 103 with Wolrige-Gordon.

Set a massive target of 257 the visitors were never up with the asking rate, and always losing wickets two of which fell to Ben Webb. He ended the day with two for 22, helping take his side to the relative safety of a place in mid-table of Grade 3.

At Countesswells, a less than impressive Methlick suffered their first defeat of the season, losing out to nearest challengers Gordonians on a grey, drizzle-affected day making it hard for the MCC bowlers to take control after winning the toss and electing to field.

Tim Duffy did, however, turn his arm to good effect, claiming four wickets for 30 runs before the home side called a halt on their innings after only 42 overs with the score on 145 for nine, clearly backing themselves to bowl well even in the adverse conditions.

In the event, Gordonians called it right in the pond-like outfield, bowling the visitors out for only 78 to move top of Grade 2 at the expense of the Methlick men.

The MCC second eleven fared no better at Lairds slumping to 77 all out when set 238 by Grampian, but gained considerable compensation the following day when the marched into the semi-final of the Johnston Rose Bowl.

Siyapa scored a daunting 205 for nine, but Methlick dug in and in Neil Scott had the man-of-the-match who hit a magnificent unbeaten 79.

Scott’s main support batsman was Alastair Smith who scored a responsible, studied 40 as the home side eased to a six-wicket win.

The Methlick seconds will now meet Kintore/Kemnay in the last four of the competition at Bogbeth Park on Saturday, July 4.