Disappointing day for Banchory 2nd XI as they lose out to Ellon

At last a Saturday when cricket could be played at Burnett Park and in reasonable conditions, albeit that the wicket was a bit soft and the outfield long because the grass had not been cut for a couple of weeks.

In what was a game played in good spirits, Banchory were beaten by the visitors, Ellon.

Banchory batted first but soon lost opener Sam Morris who was done by a ball that bowled him whilst keeping low which he was looking to hit the boundary.

Sandy Richards kept up his recent great form hitting a very useful 49, supported initially by skipper Ken Campbell who plodded along before being bowled for 11.

Iain Stirling hit a brisk 11 whilst Jamie Richards joined his brother and hit an entertaining 31.

A reasonable score looked on the cards but unfortunately the tail did not wag.

The only point of note was that Paul Morris continued his run of being not out having yet again run out of partners.

S Herridge was the pick of the Ellon bowlers finishing on 4 for 51.

Ellon had a number of useful batsmen in their line-up and A Stallard (63) and Chris Watson (35 not out) saw the visitors home with a number of overs to spare.

The Banchory bowlers were a little wayward with only Jamie Richards (1 for 6) showing constant control.

The bowlers, however, were not helped by a number of dropped catches. Stallard being dropped three times before being eventually caught by Karan Shuma taking a running catch low down at mid-off.

You could blame the dropped catches on Banchory’s defeat, however, Ellon were just as culpable so it evened itself out.

This Saturday the Seconds entertain table toppers Portcullis at the Burnett Park.