Methlick Cricket Club marches on with another victory
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No surprises were expected as champions elect, Methlick Cricket Club, travelled to Counteswells to face a third Gordonians side that was easily despatched in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season, winning by six wickets, writes Mark Woodhouse.
On paper it was a slightly weakened Methlick line-up that took the field to bowl but the regular opening partnership of Tim Duffy and Adam Veersema dished up four maidens in the first six overs to give a strong start to what is normally a high scoring pitch, and it was skipper Duffy taking the first wicket bowling Cormack for two.
The opening spell of six overs each only produced 29 runs and the first change of Tom Acton and Colin Addison continued in the same vein.
It was Gangan Addison that broke the back of the Gordonians innings taking three wickets including the only resistance from Yar and Mukhopadhya, scoring 25 and 36 respectively, Jamie Jones taking a particularly spectacular catch in slips to remove Nair.
The Gordos innings ended all-out for a disappointing 110, well below par. Duffy returned to polish off the tail with an outstanding 10 overs conceding only 12 runs and taking three wickets. Addison took 3 for 11 of his seven overs.
Methlick’s reply started with a slight wobble as Shahid Choudhary was bowled for five, but fellow opener Tom Acton put pressure on the Gordonian bowlers hitting out for 24, putting Methlick on 38 for 2.
After this it was the Steve Murphy and Veersema show. Murphy hit three sixes and six fours to reach his half century.
Veersema continued his great form with the bat to finish off the victory with a six to remain not out on 23.
So Methlick continue on course for a 100 per cen season winning by eight wickets in only 18 overs.
Next week they face the biggest hurdle to this as the visitors to Lairds, Huntly, look for revenge for their earlier season defeat.
Methlick seconds, despite a rearguard action with the bat from Ryan Lyndsay and Alan Hill producing 52 runs, were victims to a resurgent Stonehaven by 115 runs with Macaulay-Dicks weighing in with 116. Liam Davis, Fraser Grant and Alan Hill each bagged two costly wickets.
Fraser Grant lead out the team as captain for the first time and opened the bowling.