Ellon Gordon’s good run of Grade 1 form came to an abrupt halt at the Gordon Park on Saturday when they were comprehensively beaten by Crescent by five wickets after being bowled out for 125.
The Ellon innings never got off the ground apart from a sterling 46 from Craig White, although opener Brian Veldsman hung around for a stubborn 19, while others around him contrived to get themselves out.
The meagre Ellon total of 125 was never going to be enough on one of the best days of the summer against a fired up visiting who easily reached the target with five wickets in hand, despite some good line and length bowling from Richard Greenfield and captain Ben Webb.
The pair claimed two wickets apiece on a day to forget for the home side who now have two games in which to get their game in order for the final of the Aberdeenshire Cup on Sunday August 21.
The show piece of Grades cricket is scheduled to be played at Mannofield, but given the drainage problems at the top North - east ground, there are major concerns about the availability of the famous venue which once played host to the Australian ‘’invincibles’’ of 1948, led by Sir Donald Bradman.
Out at Balmoral a rejuvenated Methlick bounced back from a poor run of results to almost certainly condemn Crathie to relegation, easing through by 17 runs.
Methlick amassed a solid 192 for the loss of seven wickets before restricting the home side to 175 for nine. Steve Murphy was in sparkling form for the Lairds men, masterfully stroking his way to 76, but getting good support from Stuart Anderson who weighed in with a gem of a knock of 32, giving the home side a mountain to climb.
In fairness to Crathie they battled to a respectable total of 175 before running out of overs. Graham Cordiner was the pick of the Methlick attack, taking to three wickets for 32, setting themselves up for a final Grade 2 game at Methlick on Saturday when the meet relegation haunted 2nd Grammar.