Reduced Ellon side lose out to Siyapa
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Despite only being able to field nine players in their Grade 2 fixture last Saturday Ellon Gordon put up quite a creditable performance against Siyapa in the reduced over game due to the heavy shower just as the game was about to start writes Ean Mackie.
Most of the credit goes to Skipper Greenfield for an excellent batting display that brought him top score of 55.
Ellon elected to bat first on losing the toss and due to having an under strength side.
Although the game had been reduced to 30 overs they didn't fancy having to chase over 200 runs in order to try and win the game.
Addy joined Greenfield to open the innings but unfortunately didn't last long being out in the fifth over.
The fall of this wicket brought Ovenston in to join his skipper in what became a 64 run partnership for the second wicket with Ovenston's contribtion of 32 being his highest innings to date for the Club.
He turned out to be the ideal partner to Greenfield at this stage of the innings giving him as mush of the strike as possible.
It was, however, Greenfield who was out first for an invaluable knock of 55 which included four massive sixes.
At the fall of Meikle's wicket it prompted Ovenston to become more aggressive to push the score along but it also brought about his downfall when he was bowled by Shahid in his first over at the start of his second spell which also conicided with the beginning of the end of the Ellon innings when he captured three wickets in an eight ball spell.
The fact that Ellon had succeeded to completing their allotted 30 overs was an achievement in itself considering the strength of the side they had been able to field.
Ellon Gordon 108 for 7 -- R.Greenfield 55; A.Ovenston 32; H.Shahid 3 for 28; Yousuf 2 for 14
With Greenfield not fit to bowl at his usual pace and Wade not fit to bowl at all Ellon had no choice but to open their bowling attack with Fraser and young Van Heerden and their opening overs contained the batsmen quite well.
The most unlikely bowler brought about the break through when Addy had Banjua out hit wicket when the score was 31.
New batsman Sibdain wasn't going to hang around hitting five fours in his innings of 23 before being trapped by Greenfield lbw when the score was 83.
Greenfield claimed a further two wickets including opener and top scorer Memon, to an excellent catch by wicketkeeper Meikle, before victory was achieved in the twentieth over. Although Ellon had been beaten by 6 wickets they hadn't been disgraced as things could have been so much worse.
Siyapa 109 for 4 ( in 19.2 overs) -- S.Memon 36 ; F.Sibdain 23; R.Greenfield 3 for 11
This week Ellon travel to Harlaw to take on Grampian in the first of two consecutive games when it is hoped that they will be able to field if not a full side at least one with greater depth to it.
Their top four leading batsmen were all not available last Saturday.