Cults keep cool on trip to Ellon

CULTS Cosalt kept their Grade 1 title hopes alive with an impressive away win at third place Ellon.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 15th July 2010, 10:28 am

Put in on a greenish wicket in damp drizzly conditions, Cults were soon in trouble with Ed Spearman gloving a delivery from Ellon's Wade in the fourth over. Following a mini-recovery Cults found themselves at 40 for 3 after ten overs with Sreedish Devadas being bowled by Scott White and Debo Barman being run out soon after.

However that brought together the talismanic pair of Kapil Laghate and Ajay Induchudan, who have both been in excellent form and have got Cults out of a few holes this season. They steadied the ship and at a good run rate left Cults in a handy position when their 90 run partnership was broken by some sharp fielding by Ellon veteran Charles Wolrige-Gordon. He pounced on a pushed stroke to mid-on from Ajay and ran him out with a direct hit for 38.

The score at this point was 128 for 4 off 26 overs but when Kapil holed-out to deep mid-wicket for 85 and the score was 160 for 5, Ellon might have hoped to round up the innings quickly and give their batsmen time to score the required runs.

However, new batsmen Aqeel Ajazi and Siddhesh Sawant had other ideas as they powered their way to an unbeaten 100 partnership. With some splendid hitting Aqeel (73no) and Siddhesh (46no) took Cults Cosalt to 282 for 5 off 46 overs.

In response Ellon went off like a train with 28 off the first 4 overs but after Craig White was bowled by Asif Akhtar, Ellon never looked like making the total.

Arora went in the next over to Vignesh Krishnamoorthy, who also removed Harry Wolrige-Gordon an over later, and Ellon were left to try and hold on for a draw.

It then became a game of attrition with John Barrett and Charles Wolrige-Gordon holding up the Cults attack but Rahul Meghani had other ideas. He had Barrett LBW in his first over and continued with regular wickets each time Ellon looked like they might just save the game.

When Wolrige-Gordon was ninth out for 39, playing on to Rahul, it was only a matter of time and Rahul took his fifth wicket in his next over to end with figures of 5 for 24.

Elsewhere, top team Bon Accord's match versus Grammar was called off owing to the weather which hit a number of matches throughout the Grades, including the Grade 2 encounter between Cults Artisans and Methlick.