‘Great weekend’ as Ellon Gordon in Shire cup final

Ellon Gordon captain Scott White described it as “a great weekend” after his side had cruised to the final of the Aberdeenshire Cup on Sunday, and pushed Grade 1 leaders Bon Accord all the way in a pulsating league game the previous day, writes Jack Nixon.

Ellon will now meet Cults Artisans on August 23, although Ellon are keen to have the game re-arranged.

White was a key player as they tried to hand league leaders Bon Accord a first defeat in the campaign.

The Bons batted first, amassing a formidable 264 for the loss of seven wickets, three of which fell to the Ellon skipper who ended with three for 56 before going on to lead the run chase, scoring a memorable 89 before falling victim to the wiles of T Malik, the Bon Accord captain.

After losing early wickets, a stand of 93 between White and Rich Greenfield (39) took the visitors to within touching distance of a notable win, but in the end it was to no avail, as Ellon were bowled out for a commendable 215.

In the Sunday cup tie, White ripped through the feeble batting of Lahore Karahi who were bowled out for 71. White’s haul was six for 16. Brian Veldsman was the pick of the home batting as he smashed his way to an unbeaten 45 in the company of White after Jonny Barrett was caught behind with the score on 24.

The homesters eased to a nine-wicket win and will defend the trophy they won last year.

Methlick’s hopes of a quick return to Grade 1 were dashed after they were held to a draw by 2nd Aberdeen Grammar, despite a spirited unbeaten 64 from veteran opener Mark Woodhouse in his side’s impressive 228 for the loss of four wickets at Rubislaw.

Grammar never seriously threatened the home total and were lucky to survive in the face of some late heroics from the visitors who had nine wickets down for 167 when stumps were drawn. MCC will now have the consolation of a cup final before the season ends when they meet Gordonians in the Bon Accord Cup.

In Grade 3 Ellon Gordon were beaten by seven wickets by 2nd Gordonians who bowled the home side out for 77, despite a belligerent 39 from Chris Watson.