Ellon 236 for 4
Stonehaven 218 for 9
Having finally lost their 100% record at Banchory the previous week, Stonehaven Thistle 1st XI faced another stern test away to Ellon. An overcast and showery Gordon Park saw Stonehaven win the toss and elect to field, with both teams reduced from full strength by injury and holiday absence.
The father and son Balsille partnership opened the bowling with Russell making immediate inroads, Ellon skipper Davies playing on for 8.
Opener Arora and H W Gordon then commenced a prolonged period of fine batting on an excellent track. Despite several changes the bowlers found it difficult to force any imposition with a wet ball and some great stroke play.
The 94 run 2nd wicket partnership was finally broken when a stooping R Balsille caught H W Gordon for 54 from the bowling of Brian Snelling.
Craig White soon followed, Walthern having him caught behind for 7 but Chris Watson stopped any further inroads and allowed Arora to complete a superb century on a drying pitch.
Watson’s cameo role concluded on 21 when S Balsille held a catch from the hard working D Long Jnr. Procter came to the crease and attacked some loose spin bowling, quickly taking his score to 10 when the Ellon captain called the innings closed on 236.
it was a sporting declaration given only 41 overs had been bowled, with Arora still unbeaten on 115.
The cloud slowly departed as Milroy and MacElearny started the STCC reply. Skipper Milroy, having scored a losing century the previous week, started positively and had opening bowler Wade removed from the attack after 2 overs. MacElearny too started to find the boundary but was trapped LBW by the dangerous Greenfield for 14 with the score on 55.
D long Jnr was unlucky to follow in the same fashion for 1 from the bowling of HW Gordon, although the score had moved to a healthy 80 as Milroy continued to accumulate.
Partnered by Brian Campbell the skipper found the boundary consistently before holing out in the deep for 65, with Wade taking his revenge.
S Balsille looked good with 3 boundaries before being run out on 14, Campbell was bowled by Greenfield for a steady 19 and Barry Milne too succumbed in the teens, caught in the deep on 13.
When R Balsillie was needlessly run out on 1 the balance was swinging in Ellon’s favour, however the hard hitting Jacobsen, supported well by Andrew Long, took the game to Ellon and put the fielders back on the ropes.
Jacobsen’s fine attacking innings, which included a direct hit off the roofed seating area in the park ended on 46 with the score now on 203, only 33 short with another 5 overs remaining.
eight wickets had now fallen and when Wathern was bowled for 4, Ellon attacked for victory. However, stern resilience from both Long and Snelling saw the final 4 overs out and secured the draw, with Thistle finally finishing on 218 for 9 from 49 overs.
An enjoyable game of cricket played in good spirit throughout.
Match Sponsor was The Station Hotel.