AT LONG last Ellon Gordon C.C’s 2nd XI have got their season underway, and not before time, thanks to a convincing 8 wicket victory over 2nd Stonehaven last Saturday at Minerwell Park. Man of the match without doubt was Ellon’s skipper, with 4 for 19 and a not out knock of 30 just when it was need in a low scoring game.
On wining the toss, Ellon had no hesitation in asking the home side to bat first on a very damp wicket. Ellon opened the attack with their Oz duo of Hede and Fuller and were rewarded straight away when the big hitting King, in the unusual position of opener, was caught off the 4th bowl of the match. They then proceeded to tie the batsmen down for the next thirteen overs when only 17 runs were scored.
A change of bowling at both ends brought about the fall of the next wicket when Hutcheson had Crosier (sen) caught at short third man. Six runs later Mark White, bowling in his first match for the club, had Kerr caught in slip and this was followed next over with another wicket when Hutcheson bowled Gibson. Crozier (jnr) and D.Long (jnr) steadied the ship for a while before Hutcheson struck twice in the thirtieth over when he had D.Long caught at mid off and then bowled brother Andrew two balls later.
It was the bowling of Crozier (jnr) by Fuller in the first over of his second spell, when the score was 63, that brought about the final collapse of the Stonehaven innings as six runs later they were all out with Fuller claiming all three wickets.
Without doubt it was the best bowling and fielding performance by an Ellon side all season, putting pressure on the Stonehaven batsmen from first to last ball. Hutcheson and Fuller both claimed four wickets each but both Hede and White bowled exceptionally well without achieving the same success. Five catches were held, even by two of the “old boys”, to back up the good all round fielding display.
2nd Stonehaven Innings
N.King ct K.Hutcheson b G.Hede 0
J.Gibson b K.Hutcheson 8
S.Crozier ct E.Mackie b K.Hutcheson 14
S.Kerr ct I.Duncan b M.White 1
J.Crozier b B. Fuller 19
D.Long (jnr) ct G.Hede b K.Hutcheson 2
A.Long b K.Hutcheson 0
D.Long (sen) NOT OUT 5
J.Gouws b B.Fuller 0
G.Buchannan ct G.Bruce b B.Fuller 1
O.Plumer b B.Fuller 1
Bowling for 2nd Ellon Gordon.
G.Hede 1 for 12 off 12 overs
B.Fuller 4 for 16 off 11.1 overs
M.White 1 for 20 off 9 0vers
K.Hutcheson 4 for 19 off 9 overs
Total: 69 all out off 42.1 overs
For Ellon to have any chance of winning the game they had to combat or nullify the threat caused by left arm bowler Nigel King. Montgomery and Fuller did this successfully for the first 6 overs and then King struck the first blow when he had Fuller caught off virtually his first attacking shot, quickly followed with the dismissal of Duncan two balls later.
If ever a captain’s innings was required the Ellon one was now at that stage. Skipper Hutcheson ably backed up by Montgomery rose to the occassion making sure that King didn’t strike again while scoring the runs off the bowlers at the other end. Once King was removed from the attack the target became quickly more achieveable with scoring now taking place from both ends.
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