After the mauling given to Banchory with a 200 run victory for Methlick at Lairds on their first encounter, little resistance was expected for the away trip to Burnett Park on Saturday against the team lying at the foot of Grade 2.
How differently things turned out as Methlick crept to victory.
Banchory had first crack with the bat and it was business as usual with Murphy and Veeresema giving nothing away in their opening spell. Pressure built and J. Crawley holed out for a duck to covers for Veeresema to take the catch that gave Murphy his first wicket.
The Aussie then struck himself, bowling Abbott for 10 and in the following over Rotherham, trying to be aggressive, lifted one to Addison for 1.
At that point Veeresema was standing at 2 for 7 off his 6 overs. Murphy was rewarded with his second wicket bowling Keshri for 1.
Captain Zach Crawley came in to steady the ship but with a rush of blood to the head, charged Cordiner and gave Woodhouse a simple stumping. This brought out Tim Wilkinson in his fiftieth year for Banchory and the oldster showed his younger team mates how to be patient and wait for the bad ball.
As he prospered all around fell cheaply. D. Abbott skied one to Brian Anderson at mid-on who used all his powers of concentration to take an excellent catch off a ball that ballooned into the upper reaches of the atmosphere.
Jamie Jones took two wickets, after a jittery first over gave away 9 runs, and Murphy completed t e rout taking his third wicket for 11 in his eighth over.
Banchory finished on a meagre 70 all out off 34 overs, Wilkinson top scoring with 24 not out.
With no second team game today, Kemnay once again scratching, Rob Fryer opened with Jason Stark.
Stark went almost immediately bowled by Z. Crowley for 2 followed quickly by Fryer without scoring.
Murphy and Stuart Anderson took to the middle, expecting a few aggressive boundaries to bring the game to its expected conclusion, but Banchory hadn’t read the script. Murphy hit C. Abbott for 4 but then the bowler responded by having Murphy LBW for 6.
Anderson and Woodhouse looked comfortable but the slow outfield meant that runs were hard to come by. Woodhouse on drove for 4 but his next delivery stayed low and was bowled.
The very next ball saw Ambrose take Brian Anderson caught and bowled for a Golden Duck as he gently played the ball back to the bowler to give him a simple catch.
Stuart Anderson, going for a run to deep midwicket, turned to find the bails lying on the ground and despite his protestations that he had felt nothing, finally had to depart amidst the confusion , out hit wicket for 10. Methlick were reeling at 42 for 6, still 29 runs short and in deep trouble.
Veeresema and Addison were desperately scratching around for runs and disaster struck as Veeresema was caught for 7 with the score having edged to 59. With only 3 wickets left somebody had to turn the innings around and the farmer would need all his experience.
Jamie Jones came in to help but could only stand and watch in awe as Addison took matters into his own hands and blasted Crawley into deep cow corner for consecutive 6’s to take Methlick over the line for victory by three wickets.