Tough times at the Links for champions Ellon

ELLON Gordon’s hopes of defending its Grade One title finally disappeared at the Aberdeen Links, where they suffered a four-wicket defeat by Bon Accord, leaving the Ellon side to contemplate the possibility of relegation.

Worse was to come on Sunday for the struggling champions, who, on returning to the same ground to play its tormentors of the previous day, lost out in the first round of the prestigious Aberdeenshire Cup by 72.

Captain Scott White conceded it had not been a good weekend for the club, but said: “The annoying thing is we were strongly in contention in both games, but failed to push home our advantage.

“On the Saturday, had we scored 20 runs more, we might have got a result. The cup game was also disappointing, as we seemed to have Bon Accord at our mercy at 81 for the loss of five wickets, but inexplicably allowed them to go on to score 212. Andy Parks was exempt from any blame, taking three wickets in each game.

“It’s now a question of regrouping, especially as we have games to come against sides from the bottom of the league, making them must win games,”

Ellon in fact have three away games to play – two of which are against fellow strugglers Stonehaven and St Ronalds 1 – before entertaining the more formidable challenge of Cults at the Gordon Park.

Veteran Andy Parks was a stand -out in both defeats, gently tweaking his way to three wickets for 10 in the league game before going on to capture another three in the cup match.

Parks said: “After the pace of our opening attack, their batsmen couldn’t cope with my slower deliveries.”

An imperious century from Andy Win was the highlight of the two games, but at 81 for the loss of five wickets, the talented Kiwi should have run out of partners before he got into his stride.

Troubled times at the Gordon Park, though White who remained strong, but sporting in defeat said: “We’ll play our way out of this dip in form. There are some fine players in this team.”