Cup defeat for Ellon cricketers
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Quilter Cheviot Ellon Gordon's involvement in this years' Bon Accord cup didn't last long considering they were comprehensively beaten by Fraserburgh last Saturday.
It's hardly surprising considering the overall strength of the 10 they were able to field for the tie.
This included only two recognized bowlers in a game that required at least five.
No fewer than eight of those who have already played this year were unavailable.
Fraserburgh had first use of a good batting strip backed up by an extremely fast outfield and this was to prove to be the case as the Bowie brothers went to town to rank up an opening partnership of 199 in 19.3 overs of a 20 over innings.
Admittedly they were helped along the way by two dropped catches and somewhat wayward bowling where just under half the overs bowled conceded less than 10 runs per over.
Hence the reason why extras amounted to 42 of which 20 were wides.
To be fair to Cory and Liam most of the bowling was there to be hit and that's exactly what they did. Cory with fourteen 4's in his 85 and Liam twelve 4's and one 6 in his innings of 72.
The only wicket to fall was taken by Richard Greenfield in the final over of the innings.
In all, due to the lack of front line bowlers, Ellon called upon no fewer than eight players to try their luck.
Fraserburgh 204 for 1 in 20 overs --- C.Bowie 85 not out, L.Bowie 72; R.Greenfield 1 for 18
Ellon's task of trying to overtake the Fraserburgh total began with the opening partnership of Addy and Buchan and progress was going along extremely well until Ryan Duthie had Buchan caught at cover off a skier when the total was 52.
Skipper Greenfield joined Addy but unfortunately after a couple of lusty blows out of the ground he was caught by Chris Gospel in the deep off the bowling of Leanne Broadley.
Woolrige Gordon was next in and he too fell to a skier at the start of an exceptional spell of bowling by Andrew Henderson that saw him capture five wickets in the space of 19 deliveries to knock the stuffing right out of the Ellon response.
The killer blow, however, being the dismissal of Addy, who had been batting exceptionally well, when he was stumped off the bowling of Broadley. Ellon were eventually all out for 132 some 72 runs short of the Fraserburgh total.
Top scorer for Ellon was Addy with 55 which included three 6's and five 4's , backed up by Buchan with 24 and Greenfield 16.
As mentioned above the top bowler for the home side was Henderson with 5 for 24 in his three overs.
Ellon Gordon 132 in their 20 overs --- A.Addy 55, G.Buchan 24, R.Greenfield 16; A.Henderson 5 for 24, L.Broadley 2 for 15
This Saturday Ellon return to Grade business when they entertain 2nd Grammar FP' s at the Gordon Park.
Let's hope they can put out a team capable of adding another 30 points to their Grade position.
Meanwhile in Grade 3 – 2nd Methlick got the better of 2nd Gordonians at Lairds Park with 50’s from Grant Cordiner and Tom Acton helping the home side reach 188 for 6 from their 40 overs.
In reply 2nd Gordonians were bowled out for 133 with Mike Bremaneson taking 3 for 18.