Bowlers tops as Ellon Gordon maintain winning start to season
Ellon Gordon built on their fine start to the season, following up last week’s win with a tricky test away to Aberdeen Grammar which they passed with flying colours.
In a low scoring game in which bowlers came out on top, Ellon eased through by 17 runs mainly due to an inspired spell of bowling from captain Scott White who took six wickets for 19 runs from 11.4 overs, three of which were maidens.
The on-fire White was well supported by Richard Greenfield who only conceded 20 runs from his allocation of 12 overs while claiming two wickets.
Defending a low total of 139 was always going to be difficult, but thanks to the wiles of opening bowlers White and Greenfield the visitors got across the line with something to spare after struggling with the bat.
Chris Watson continued his fine form of last season, hitting a splendid 39 after coming in with four wickets down.
White also made a major contribution of 25 on a day when runs were hard to come by.
Ellon’s second string were also in action, but made a losing start to the season at home to Kemnay/Kintore, after the news that they had been promoted to Grade 3 after the withdrawal of Huntly from the leagues.
The visitors batted first, making a solid start before going on the amass 211 for the loss of seven wickets.
S Kola(70) and Frank Summers(67) were the tormentors in chief of the Ellon bowling attack in which Chouldwry and Paterson were the pick, each picking up two wickets.
Ellon’s meagre reply of 68 was shored up by Scott Middleton who scored 25.
The home batsmen had no reply to R Soni who ended the afternoon with the impressive figures of five wickets for 12 from 7.3 overs on a poor afternoon for Ellon Gordon who are at home to 2nd Mannofield on Saturday.
In the meantime, Methlick made it two wins out of two starts to end the afternoon top of Grade 2 after beating Stonehaven at Mineralwell Park by two wickets in a nerve-jangling contest.
The home side batted after being put in, and struggled against the accurate bowling of Steve Murphy and Stuart Kennedy, scoring only 23 runs in the first 10 overs.
Thereafter Stonehaven upped the tempo to reach 65 for one before campaigner of many a season Colin Addison rocked the homesters with two wickets in one over.
MCC failed to cash in, enabling the homesters to reach the respectable total of 169 for 8, mainly due to knocks from their late order batsmen.
After an early scare in which Stuart Anderson was bowled Murphy and Maxfield steadied the ship taking the score to 80 before Maxfield was caught.
Notwithstanding Murphy carried on to reach his half century, but losing partners at regular intervals.
The unlucky Murphy then departed the scene, falling three short of a well-deserved century, leaving Addison to crack the winning runs, but not before Methlick nerves had been stretched to the limit.
While it was a win for the Lairds men, they will need a major improvement if they are to hold on to the top place in Grade 2.