Ellon Gordon’s two sides got their respective seasons under way in Grade 1 and Grade 4 with impressive wins at the expense of local rivals Methlick, writes Jack Nixon.
With both clubs denied games on the opening day of the season by the weather it was a bonus to have both Lairds and Gordon Park bathed in sunshine for the vital derby games.
In the event,it was the Ellon sides who had the most to smile about, launching their campaigns with impressive wins.
After winning the toss Methlick invited Ellon Gordon to bat on a slow, damp wicket more suited to bowling than batting.
Veteran bowler Colin Addison - enjoying his 40th season in the game - bowled extremely well, turning in a sound spell to end the afternoon with two wickets for 24.
Notwithstanding the conditions and the guile of the former Ellon player, it was the visitors who enjoyed the best of the session, ending up declaring the innings after 42 overs with 190 on the board for the loss of six wickets.
Impressive knocks from captain Scott White (42 not out), Ben Webb (69), and Brian Veldsman (29), setting the homesters a testing target which they failed to hunt down despite stout resistance from Stuart Anderson(44) and Scott Murphy(29).
Ellon’s bowling attack was well led by White who took three for 26, and Ross Wade three for 23. Richie Greenfield chipped in with three of his own to end the home innings for 115, 75 short of the Ellon total.
In the clash of the second elevens at Gordon Park, Ellon Gordon captain Chris Watson’s decision to put the visitors in paid instant dividends thanks to an inspired spell of bowling from Hamish Paterson, who reduced Methlick to 30 for the loss of four wickets from which they never recovered, slumping to 62 all out.
Paterson ended the day with five for 14 from eight overs, outshining his brother Keir who also enjoyed a stint which yielded a similar amount of runs and three wickets.
Only Shadid offered any serious resistance, stubbornly defying the home attack, ending the day 12 not out.
Despite the early loss of Ken Montgomery, Ellon cruised to an eight-wicket win, boosted by a late thrash from skipper Watson which included two sixes, but it was an unbeaten 38 from Tom Proctor which was the backbone of the 64 scored by the home team.