Saturday’s visit to everyones’ favourite ground, Sheddocksley, was a cold and windy affair to befit the location. The long grass in the outfield meant that runs would be hard to come by on a usual treacherous wicket.
Methlick opened the batting and Woodhouse and Stuart Anderson had to take great care with balls both jumping off a length and then shooting along the ground. The two batsmen seemed to be coping well and started to bat aggressively until Woodhouse went for a run to mid-off thinking the ball had passed the fielder and was run out on 8.
Alasdair Smith joined Anderson in the middle and after a short flourish Anderson was caught off Josino for 9.
The innings continued with small partnerships looking as though they would blossom and then coming unstuck. Kallepu looked in good form as he hoisted Josino for 6, but when trying to do the same with Paul was caught on the boundary for 9.
With Smith continuing to plunder singles Addison came and went for 11 and Bremanesen for 6 singles. Vice-captain Veersema seemed to be the batsmen to take on the bowling, hitting out at anything loose, but was eventually LBW to the accurate Varghese for 23.
Looking to get to 120, which seemed on the cards at one stage, and was probably worth 160 under other conditions, the tail failed to wag as Jones went for one, Brian Anderson the day’s only duck and Duffy for 4, leaving Jay Allan stranded not out nought, as Methlick crawled to 103 all out.
After tea Grampian batted aggressively with their local knowledge of conditions, and this was probably the way to go rather than trying to protect wickets on the erratic track. Josino and Varghese hit out and reached 57 before the first wicket fell to Duffy, bowling Josino for 32.
With a small total to get the Grampian batsmen continued in a similar vein, but then wickets started to fall in quick succession. The home team eventually won, but Methlick did well to take 6 wickets, with honours going to Duffy 3 for 28, Addison 2 for27 and Brian Anderson taking one with his dibbley-dobblies.
By Mark Woodhouse