Ellon Gordon made it two wins in a row on Saturday, while Methlick’s first and second teams both had cup victories to make it a perfect weekend.
The only downside was the failure of 2nd Ellon Gordon to field a team in the first round of the Johnston Rose Bowl, making it five times this season that the Gordon Park side has given the opposition a walk over.
The first team compensated with a convincing 38 run win at home to Lahore Karahi in Grade 1, enabling them to push into sixth place.
Ellon Gordon batted first, accumulating 211 for the loss of seven wickets, owing much to Mike Tremlett who hit a sparkling 53 and captain Scott White who helped boost the home total with a cultured 42.
The home score proved to be too much for the visitors who lost wickets at regular intervals, eventually being bowled out for 177, thanks to some inspired bowling from White and Charlie George. The Ellon skipper grabbed four for 29, while George was no less impressive turning in three for 28, setting the team up nicely for a tilt at Crescent at the Links on Saturday, and an opportunity to move above the Aberdeen side in the league.
Methlick had a break from Grade 2 cricket at the Burnett Park where they were far too good for Banchory in the first round of the Bon Accord Cup, easing to an eight wicket win after restricting the home side to 108 for the loss of seven wickets. Les Maxfield and Brian Carr were the pick of the Lairds’ bowling attack, taking five three for 20 and two for 27 respectively. The Methlick reply was led by Stuart Anderson who was 25 not out when the game ended while Steve Murphy hit an unbeaten 23.
2nd Methlick were involved in a much closer affair at the Lairds in the Johnston Rose Bowl, easing to a one wicket win at the expense 2nd Grampian.
Rob Fryer demonstrated his considerable talent and experience with a peerless 60 as others lost their heads and wickets in chasing 127 to win after R. Kennedy had reduced the visitors to 126 for eight, taking five for 28.