ELLON Gordon’s most prolific batsman in the 149 year old history of the club has had more memorable moments to look back on than most, including 25 centuries in Aberdeenshire Grades cricket, but he has also had his disappointments.
Such a set back happened to the quiet, but effective Jonny Barrett last week when, after scoring an unbeaten 112 against Stonehaven he was dismayed to see the rain come down, forcing an abandonment of the game.
The upshot of the down pour was that the 43 year olds’ score is a non-counter, and will be expunged from the record books.
“Once is bad enough, but this is the second time it has happened to me, as last season at Inverurie the same thing happened, but that’s life and hopefully there will be other opportunities,” said an astonishingly philosophical Barrett who was more concerned to see his side do well in Grade 1.
Last weekend, the likable Barrett was at Allan Park to play Cults against whom he enjoyed one of his greatest triumphs when he top scored in the final of the Aberdeenshire Cup on August 22, 1995.
Among those who enjoyed the Ellon Gordon players 93 not out was Graeme Nixon who was at the other end when Barrett hit the winning runs.
“It was a great occasion for the club, but Jon was as cool as a cucumber. I was a little less relaxed,” said Nixon.
Sadly for Ellon Gordon, history did not repeat itself, as lost to the home club.