AFTER only two games Ellon Gordon’s defence of their Grade 1 title looks decidedly shaky.
They were beaten for the second time this season at the weekend, losing narrowly to Mannofield by two wickets.
But Ellon’s 183 for the loss of eight wickets had many positives, including a knock of 49 from former Kintore hero Satymurthy Guruwadayrahalli and and equally impressive innings of 29 from former Bon Accord favourite Brian Veldsman.
The two look to be real finds for Ellon in what promises to be a long campaign in defence of their hard won championship of 2012.
Ellon Gordon were, in fact, with only two wickets away from a win against a stuffy ACE Mannofield side who eased home on the back of good contributions from Scott Elliot(45) and Gav Jamieson, who was unbeaten on 30 when his side won the closely-fought affair.
H Patterson was the pick of the Ellon attack with an impressive four wickets for 45.
Captain Scott White promised: “It was a big improvement on last week, but we’ll be back on track soon.”
In the meantime Bon Accord and Cults have taken advantage of Ellon Gordon’s early lapses to forge ahead in the race for honours in the 2013 season, both recording back to back wins to retain their 100% records.
But, as White optimistically points out : “It’s early days yet to be talking about title outcomes.”
Bon Accord and Cults recorded wins at the Links and Allan Park, and 1st St Ronald defeated their second string at King’s College.
Grammar FPs just clung on for a draw against Methlick at Rubislaw.