Although only two weeks of the season have been completed, the Grade 1 table is already beginning to assume a familiar shape.
Joint leaders, with a maximum 60 points from their opening games, are Cults, who on Saturday comfortably beat promoted Inverurie, and Ellon who followed up their opening weekend defeat of Stonehaven by beating Banchory at the Gordon Park.
Close behind meanwhile follow Bon Accord, who bounced back from their opening weekend defeat by Grammar FPs to make it another weekend of misery for Stonehaven, who have yet to get past the 100-run mark. A stubborn half-century from Alastair Mudie meanwhile enabled nine-man St Ronald to cling on for a 51-over draw against Grammar at Rubislaw.
In Grade 2, the two demoted sides continue to have full points, Kemnay inflicting a second defeat on Dunecht, while Academy were gifted a walkover against Stoneywood-Dyce. After their opening weekend win, Crescent lost out to Mannofield at the Duthie Park, while at the same venue 45 from club secretary Roy Ritchie was not enough to enable Artisans to overcome Anchorians. Knocks of 60 from Gavin McIntyre and undefeated 40 from Simon Devlin steered Gordonians home against 2nd Cults at Countesswells.
Individual performance of the day was a maiden century and four wickets from 16-year old Alex Starling of 2nd Banchory, which however was not enough to stave off defeat by 2nd Ellon for whom Jamie Hoare top-scored with 84. Portcullis's A Prentice made it two half-centuries in two games, as the former Customs & Excise team crushed 2nd Grammar by ten wickets; while elsewhere Caledonian recorded their first win since securing promotion from Grade 4, beating Fraserburgh by 7 runs, and Methlick & Crathie played out a draw at Lairds.
In the opening round of matches in Grade 4 relegated Turriff overcame 2nd Stonehaven in a low-scoring match at Marywell Park, while 2nd Methlick and 2nd Mannofield won the first two group games in the Johnston Cup.
MrPurple May 7 2006 - 7:46pm