The local cricket season ended in glorious sunshine, but brought no joy to Methlick who had hoped to gain a measure of consolation for not being promoted from Grade 2 by winning the Bon Accord Cup, writes Jack Nixon.
It was not to be as the Lairds team slid to a 49-run defeat in the final held at the Allan Park, Cults, where Arrowdawn Gordonians were their conquerors.
After bowling their opponents for only 129, Methlick looked on course for victory, but inexplicably suffered a middle order collapse, resulting in them being bowled out for 80.
The collapse was all the more disappointing for Methlick bowlers Stuart Kennedy and Steve Murphy who had performed heroics when Gordonians batted.
Kennedy was particularly impressive, claiming five wickets for 25, while Murphy weighed in with three for 35.
Mark Woodhouse shrugged off injury to give Methlick a solid start, top scoring with 17, while another veteran Colin Addison hit a defiant 15 in a disappointing climax to the season, leaving the club to re-group after narrowly missing out on a quick return to the top flight of the Aberdeenshire Grades.
Ellon Gordon’s season of promise came to a sad ending at home where they lost out by six wickets to Knight Riders, let down for the second week running by its misfiring batsmen who could only muster 103 for the loss of nine wickets, leaving the Aberdeen side the easy task of knocking off the less than challenging total.
Brian Veldsman was the Ellon top scorer with 28 on a day to forget.
Ellon Gordon will now have eight months to reflect on a season that might have been, as fourth place may be seen to be respectable in Grade 1, but it will not be viewed by demanding captain Scott White as a success, nor will failure to defend the Aberdeenshire Cup after doing the hard part in getting to the final.