An excellent opening partnership of 106 between skipper for the day Scott White and Amandeep Arora paved the way for Ellon Gordon’s 1st XI reaching 259 in their Small Clubs Cup match versus Fochabers last Sunday.
On a fast outfield Ellon elected to bat on winning the toss. Both openers were soon into their stride, stroking the ball to all parts of the ground combined with excellent running between the wickets, moving the total along nicely.
It was therefore rather surprising and unexpected when the first wicket fell with the run out of Arora. Just after he had completed his half century.
Barrett joined his skipper to help keep the run rate going before he holed out to Metha (Sen). This allowed Craig White to join his brother at the crease to help push the score along with some powerful hitting and - again - good running.
With the score on 211, after 34 overs, Scott White was caught in the deep going for another big hit to go with the one he hit the ball before and just after he had completed his first century for the Club which included 12 fours and 3 sixes.
Ellon lost their next three wickets in quick succession after this as they tried to force the score along against the slower bowling attack followed by the last 4 wickets falling for the addition of 41 runs with just over two of their allotted overs remaining.
So from a possible target of nearer 300 at one stage Ellon had to settle for 159. Greenfield and Parks being the only two of the lower order batsmen to make it into double figures.
After an excellent tea provided by the Fochabers ladies - during which time the skies opened - Ellon set about the task of either bowling the opposition out or, at the worst, restricting them with tight bowling and good fielding.
White and Wade opened the attack for Ellon and didn’t have to wait long for the first success when White bowled Cairney. Metha (jnr) followed shortly after lbw to White.
This allowed Metha(sen) to join skipper Yeats at the crease, and they featured in an 75 run partnership only to broken when Barrett had Metha caught at mid wicket when the score was 93.
During this partnership there had been a fairly confident appeal for a catch behind off the bowling of Greeenfield that wasn’t upheld.
Ten runs later, Stockwell was caught behind again off Barrett. As the game continued to swing in Ellon’s favour, Barrett caught and bowled Tiddy to reduce Focabers to 135 for 5, requiring another 125 off the remaining 11 overs.
Ellon still required the crucial wicket of opener Yeats, or to successfully keep him off the strike as often as possible which they succeeded in doing, although Priddle and Morgan added a flurry of runs towards the end of the Fochabers innings without ever really threatening the Ellon total. Yeats did eventually reach his century courtesy of a rather expensive second last over from Watson.
Although Ellon’s fielding generally had been good throughout they did put down 3 or possibly 4 chances.
The best bowling figures were returned by Barrett closely followed by Arora, who kept it tight towards the end of the innings, and White.for his two earl breakthroughs.
Ellon are now at home to Gordonians in the next round, on 26th June, although there has been doubt raised as to the make up of the Gordonians side in their victory over Buckie. Whether this is going to be contested by Buckie or queried by Cricket Scotland only time will tell.