Ellon Gordon enjoyed its easiest win of the season in Grade 1 when they comfortably saw of the challenge of league strugglers Fraserburgh at the Gordon Park.
The visitors had no answer to the wiles of home bowlers Scott White and Rich Greenfield as they crumbled to 32 all out on one of sunniest days of the summer.
Captain White ended the Broch innings with a personal haul of five wickets for only 10 runs, while Greenfield was equally successful with five of his own, albeit a little more expensive, going for 20 runs.
The Ellon reply should have been a mere formality, but to the disappointment of White, the homesters lost three wickets in pursuit of the lowly target, including a ludicrous mix up involving Jon Barrett and R Haider, resulting in Barrett being dismissed when the two ended up at the same end.
Haider went on to top score with 18, but not before Ellon lost two more wickets.
‘’Having done all the hard work we then proceeded to throw away wickets, but it is a win, keeping us on track for a top three place,’’ said White who also revealed that were Ellon to make the final of the Aberdeenshire Cup on Sunday August 23 they would be missing key players who have chosen to go to the Belgian Grand Prix on the same day.
“These things happen. The guys had in fact booked their tickets months ago.”
Perhaps it will rain on August 23, but there again we have still to beat Lahore Karahi in the semi - final,’’ said the Ellon captain.
At Inverurie the home side dealt Methlick’s Grade 2 promotion hopes a blow, holding the visitors to a fiercely fought draw, which now makes it very hard for the Lairds’ men to return to the top flight of Grades cricket.
Half centuries from Stuart Murrison and George Hadden held up the MCC’s progress.
A total of 195 for the loss of five wickets proved to be too much of a challenge, indeed at one point Methlick looked to be heading for defeat, but rallied to hang for a draw, ending the day on 161 for eight wickets, mainly to the late heroics of Stuart Anderson whose unbeaten 46 kept his side in the game.
But while the Methlick first team are not enjoying the best of runs, there was clear evidence on the Sunday that the ambitious club are looking to the future, having held Kwick Cricket festival for its juniors, and included players from Ellon Gordon and the pace - setting junior club Stoneywood - Dyce.
Youngsters wishing to participate in cricket should contact Jamie Jones.
In Grade 3 2nd Ellon Gordon were at Balmoral where they lost out by a mere two wickets to Crathie, but had they bowled more accurately, instead of giving away 16 wides, there might have been a different outcome.
Ellon were bowled out for 89 with Brian Fuller top scoring with 34, closely followed by a knock of 25 from Charlie George who also took two wickets when the home side batted.
2nd Methlick fared no better, losing out by three wickets after being all out for 91 by second placed Siyapa at Lairds.
Jay Allan and Paul Cox were joint top scorers for the home with 19, while Cox did his level best to rescue the game when the Aberdeen side batted, claiming three wickets for eight runs.