Honours even in local derbies

Ellon bowler Scott Whyte took six wickets for 24 against Methlick.
Ellon bowler Scott Whyte took six wickets for 24 against Methlick.

Ellon Gordon first eleven made it two wins in a row at the expense of local rivals Methlick, taking them into the comfort of mid-table in Grade 1, but it was the Lairds men who won the bragging rights when the two second teams met in Grade 4.

An inspired spell of bowling at the Gordon Park from Ellon captain Scott White accounted for Methlick whose batsmen had no answer to his pace and accuracy.

White’s figures of six wickets for 24, reducing the visitors to a disappointing 62 all out. Had it not been for skipper Stuart Anderson who hung around for a gutsy unbeaten 26 the margin of defeat might have been greater.

As it was, the home side had no difficulty in passing the Methlick total led by Brian Webb who top scored with 38.

The visitors have now slipped from being in the top three to third bottom in the division and, with a tricky trip to Kings College on Saturday when they meet Lahore Karahi, have no immediate prospect of returning to the title race.

Ellon Gordon in contrast will fancy their chances of making it three wins in a row when they travel to Kellands Park where they play Inverurie Don Valley who have yet to win a game.

On Sunday they have a much tougher test when they host Knightriders in an Aberdeenshire Cup game.

The eagerly-awaited clash of the two second teams resulted in a seven-wicket win for Methlick, even if they failed to overhaul their Ellon counterparts in the championship race.

Batting first the visitors posted a total of 88, but failed to build any meaningful partnerships with only Brian Fuller (25) and Scott Middleton (21) seriously troubling the scorers.

Grant Cordiner stole the bowling honours with an impressive haul of six for 17, but well supported by Jamie Jones who claimed two Ellon scalps.

In sharp contrast Alistair Smith was in sparkling form racking up an unbeaten 45 in the company of Angus McLean who scored a tidy 26, enabling his side to win the game.

Ellon will have an immediate opportunity to avenge the defeat when the two meet again on Saturday in the semi-final of the Johnston Rose Bowl, but with the Methlick 2nds having home advantage, it is hard to see Chris Watson’s charges reversing the result.