Ellon Gordon fought out a closely contested Grade 1 match with Knightriders, but in the end had to bow the knee to the Aberdeen side.
Methlick, meanwhile, bounced back after last week’s disappointment at Fraserburgh to win its Grade 2 game away to 2nd Grammar.
Ellon batted first, but struggled on a heavy, yielding track, though thanks to an inspired knock of 50 from opener Stuart Davies who in the company of Tom Proctor(42) lifted the visitors’ total to 177, for the loss of six wickets. The home reply was well up to the challenge, even if they lost seven wickets in hunting down the required total, handing Ellon an unwelcome defeat after the heroics of last week. Rich Greenfield was the pick of the Ellon bowlers, taking two wickets for 24 runs.
At Rubislaw, Methlick got back on the promotion trail against high-flying 2nd Grammar who had been in second place before the game, but replaced by the effort of the Lairds’ team after a comfortable six wicket win.
The bowling of Brian Carr and Colin Addison restricting the home side to a meagre 104 all out. Carr turned in impressive figures of six for 23, while Addison was no less effective, capturing four wickets for 21.
Addison made strong claims for the man of the match award when he scored an unbeaten 21 when it was the turn of the Methlick side to bat. Stuart Anderson was, however, top scorer with a not out 29, mostly at the wicket with the indefatigable Addison, who simply gets better as the seasons roll by.
At the Gordon Park 2nd Ellon Gordon gave Aberdeen Super Kings a run for their money, mainly due to the efforts of its own veteran Scott Middleton who scored a swashbuckling 77 out of his side’s 159 all out before going on to star with the bowling in a tidy spell that yielded only 22 runs while claiming two wickets. Sadly, his gallantry was of no avail as the visitors passed the home total with two wickets in hand. 2nd Methlick’s game at Lairds with 3rd Grammar was called off due to the heavy rain during the week.
On Saturday Ellon Gordon host Bon Accord and Methlick entertain Kintore - Kemnay on Grade 2 business.