THEY say that catches win matches. Well this may not have been the case in 2nd Ellon Gordon’s fixture last Saturday against 2nd Gordonians, but it would certainly have given them a better chance of doing so if they had held onto the four catches they put down. As it was, they finished up losing the game by five wickets with only three overs left to play.
On losing the toss Ellon were sent into bat on a very damp wicket following a delayed start to 1.30 due to heavy rain not long before the game should have started.
Ellon opened their innings with Owen and Duncan, and scoring was rather difficult in the damp conditions not helped by the cut grass that was lying around.
Duncan was first to go, caught behind off the bowling of Peerless only to be followed shortly after by Proctor when he hit his wicket on the follow through of his hooked shot.
Ally Stallard went at the same score, which brought Murray to the crease to join Owen and these two put together a very useful and patient partnership of 42 before Murray was bowled by Patey.
As so often happens once one player goes in a partnership, the other follows soon after, and that was the case when Owen unfortunately lost his wicket in Patey’s last over for a very patient knock of 27.
It was good to see Huw back amongst the runs after his years’ lay off. Stallard number two, like his brother before him, didn’t last very long, leaving Tremaine at the wicket to be joined by Garner: they combined to add 51 very welcome runs to the total, with some excellent running and well timed shots before Tremaine was caught off a skied shot to mid wicket for an excellent 26.
Gardner, meanwhile, carried on with some lusty blows to record his highest score of 41 not out for the Club to date, bringing up the 150 in the process at the end of the 46th over.
2nd Ellon Gordon’s Innings
H.Owen ct V.Nair b D.Patey 27
I.Duncan ct S.Regararajan b D.Peerless 9
T.Proctor hit wicket b D.Patey 4
A.Stallard ct Koti b D.Patey 0
A.Murray b D.Patey 11
T.Stallard b D.Patey 4
C.Tremaine ct B.Harper b J.Jones 26
B.Gardner not out 41
C.Addy b J.Jones 1
G.Bruce ct and b Koti 0
E.Mackie not out 0
Total 150 for 9 off 46 overs
Bowling for 2nd Gordonians
D.Patey 5 for 27
D.Peerless 1 for 38
S.Menom 0 for 27
D.Venkat 0 for 24
J.Jones 2 for 26
K.Ramagarapa 1 for 2
After a hearty tea break provided by the Station Hotel, Ellon were quietly confident of causing an upset having put on a total well above what seemed possible at one stage when they took to the field for the Gordonians innings.
Proctor and Ally Stallard opened the Ellon attack and with a little bit of luck, especially off the bowling of Proctor, could have had a wicket or two as Rergarajan was throwing the bat at anything short of a length and slicing over the slips.
It was he who should have been out if Owen had succeeded in holding onto the skied shot to mid off when the total was 26. Ellon’s openers continued to toil against Pettit and Rergarajan, and even when Owen replaced Proctor it was Pettit’s turn to be dropped when attempting one of his favoured cut shots when the total was 50.
The breakthrough eventually came with the score on 76 when Murray and Gardener calmy ran out Rergarajan after he needlessly went charging up the wicket and then as in the Ellon innings Pettit went two runs later caught and bowled Owen.
After this for a time it appeared Gordonians were going to be content with a draw as there was no urgency to their play with probably the second run out being the turning point in the game as this brought about the urgency required first briefly from Jones and then expertly finished off by Memon.
2nd Gordonians Innings
C.Pettit ct and b H.Owen 23
S.Rergararajan Run out 48
B.Harper Run out 17
C.Ailey lbw T.Proctor 19
J.Jones ct G.Bruce b H.Owen 7
V.J.Nair not out 2
S.Memon not out 16
Total 152 for 5 off 41 overs
Bowling for 2nd Ellon Gordon
T.Proctor 1 for 34
A.Stallard 0 for 60
H.Owen 2 for 41
B.Gardner 0 for 15
This Saturday, 2nd Ellon Gordon are away to 2nd Grammar FP’s when a better all-round performance will be required as FP’s have begun the season rather brightly.
Then on Sunday, the team are away to 2nd Stoneywood Dyce/Queens Cross if they can raise a side for the preliminary round of this years Reid Cup and renew the battle with young Alfridi, the oppositions’ outstanding spin bowler - or was his last performance just a one-off?