Salmond toasts cricket club anniversary

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First Minister Alex Salmond’s love affair with Methlick looks set to run and run after his most recent visit to the village.

Mr Salmond was speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Methlick Cricket Club in the Beaton Hall on Saturday.

The First Minister by his own admission is not a student of the leather on willow game, but it was not obvious, as he skilfully entertained the 140-strong audience.

Club secretary Jay Allan was impressed by the performance, even getting a mention, as Mr Salmond warmed to the task of toasting the 10-year-old cricket club.

Mr Allan said: “He was in great form, gently poking fun at us all.

“He clearly likes Methlick, for why else would he come back to visit us.”

He added: “We get great support from all the community. It’s a great place to live. The cricket club is right at the heart of affairs.”

Methlick Cricket Club is one of the great success stories in Scottish sport with its own ground, appropriately named Lairds. In the 2012 season the club reached the dizzy heights of Grade 1 in the Aberdeenshire leagues.

The evening was chaired by club chairman Charles Coulson, while club president Lord Aberdeen reported back on the 2014 season.