After an intense game in Aberdeen last week for Methlick Cricket Club and a continued batting improvement, much was expected of Saturday’s trip to local rivals Fraserburgh... but it was not to be.
The expectations were also high as the team was bolstered by the returns of Adam Veeresema and Tom Action.
What actually happened was Methlick being undone by a very damp wicket with huge variations in bounce, and local knowledge saw Fraserburgh winning by 11 runs in a low-scoring game.
Fraserburgh batted first with a very circumspect innings from Cory Bowie and Fraser Lawrence, taking the score on to 64 from 24 overs. Bowie managed to reach his half century until bowled by Action for 52 and Lawrence made 27 until Alan Hill took a catch from his own bowling.
After that the home side had little to offer and Methlick wrapped-up the innings for a modest 133 with the pick of the bowling from Acton with 4 for 20 and Murphy and Hill both pitching in with a couple.
With such a short boundary and a decent batting line up MCC were expected to wrap the game up without many problems.
What happened was very different with none of the top five contributing, all being outdone by the slow pace and variable bounce.
By the time the sixth wicket had fallen only 39 runs were on the board and the winning total seemed a long way away.
Jamie Jones and Mike Bremenesen then came together and batted very sensibly with Jones punishing anything loose. Victory seemed suddenly achievable as the pair took Methlick past the hundred-mark.
With a win in their grasp Jones played one expansive shot too many and was caught for 59.
Only 20 runs were needed and Bremenesen was looking comfortable until he managed, in his inimitable style, to run himself out for 26.
The tail then collapsed with the last three wickets falling for only 4 runs leaving Methlick short by 11 runs and frighteningly close to the bottom of Grade 2.