Local cricket enjoyed a glory weekend when both Ellon Gordon and Methlick’s 1st and 2nds teams had notable victories, defying the cold weather in the process.
Ellon Gordon were easy six wickets winners away to Mannofield, enabling them to retain top place in Grade 1, while Methlick stay in pole position in Grade 2 after an equally convincing seven-wicket win at home to 2nd Knightriders.
2nd Ellon Gordon were pushed all the way by 2nd Mannofield, but eventually eased through by 27 runs, recording their first win of the season.
2nd Methlick were also first-time winners, beating 3rd Grammar by five wickets at Rubislaw.
Richard Greenfield and Ross Wade were the Ellon Gordon heroes, claiming nine wickets to help dismiss Mannofield for 105. Greenfield grabbed five for 26 runs, while Wade was no less impressive with his haul of four for 22.
The Ellon reply got off a bad start, losing four early wickets, including captain Scott White for 17 and opener Brian Veldsman for 19, but were rescued by a solid match-winning stand between Craig White (23) and Ben Webb (29), who were unbeaten at the end of the afternoon.
2nd Ellon Gordon made harder work of their win, battling back from 53 for six to reach 122 all out thanks to an inspired stand of 67 between Hamish Paterson (37) and veteran Andy Parks (22).
Parks then went on to take two valuable wickets to help the home side bowl out the Aberdeen side for 96. But it was Brian Turner who did the most damage, turning in the splendid figures of 5 for 25.
At Lairds, Stuart Kennedy was the home hero, starring with both bat and ball to keep Methlick’s promotion drive on course with a seven-wicket win, ensuring top billing in Grade 2.
Kennedy was in magnificent form with his in-swingers, claiming three wickets for 22 runs, but ably supported by new boy Welshman Richard Jenkins who was equally impressive with his figures of three for 32 as 2nd Knightriders collapsed to 119 all out.
Kennedy then proceeded to take on the visiting attack in a controlled, aggressive innings of 81 not out, but helped along by Sean Murphy who hit a belligerent 26, as the MCC eased to a comfortable seven-wicket win, looking every bit the part of a team set on bouncing back to the top flight of Grades cricket.
2nd Methlick survived a few late scares to beat 3rd Grammar away from home.
The home side were dismissed for 74 with Grant Cordiner rediscovering his action, and getting a just reward in figures of three for 11, while Rob Kennedy got in on the action with two for 20.
Methlick opener Alasdair Smith took on the Grammar attack with a splendid 21, mainly off one over as the intrepid visitors raced to beat the storm clouds, losing quick wickets in the process, but saved by some sensible middle order batting to register a first win of the season by the margin of five wickets.
All in all a great weekend for local cricket.