Lairds was a fantastic sight to behold on Saturday, with all credit to Charlie Coulson and Neil Purdie for the fantastic work done to bring the ground back from the almost swamp-like conditions of a few weeks ago. Sunshine and a slick outfield gave the prospect of plenty of runs as Tim Duffy put Gordonians in to bat.

It took the skipper only 10 balls before he took his first wicket when Khosla missed a swinging Yorker and was bowled for a duck. However this brought the expected danger-man Ahmed into the middle, who’s two previous knocks had produced 83 and 132 runs. Duffy managed to snag Pandit for 6, with Stuart Kennedy taking the catch, but it was always going to be how to get rid of Ahmed and his partner Sheikh.

Addison did his best to keep the runs to a modest level but last week’s hero, Rob Kennedy, introduced early, went for quite a few and Jamie Jones had 4 wild overs as Ahmed cruised to his 50 from a total of 58 with Sheikh just holding an end up.

Ahmed had eased past his century and looked to go on for many more until Duffy came back for his second spell and with his penultimate ball of his last over bowled an in-swinger that took his leg stump, to end the 130 run partnership with the centurion scoring all but 30 of the runs for 110.

At the River End, Stuart Kennedy’s similar left arm in-swing had been unproductive and after 6 fruitless overs had gone for 51. In a remarkable spell that followed he ended with figures of 5 for 55 with 5 wickets falling in only 9 balls as the tail collapsed. What could have been a relatively modest score in regards to the innings from Ahmed was spoiled by some wild bowling and erratic umpiring as 38 wides were given with Gordonians ending all out for 247.

After tea, a solid partnership was required at the top of the order from Woodhouse and Anderson to set the scene for some of the bigger hitters later on. The Gordonian opening attack bowled accurately but couldn’t disrupt the batters as a 50 partnership was reached.

Anderson was the first to succumb, caught and bowled by Das for 31. Tom Acton weighed in with a quick 13 but was caught by Sheikh. Stuart Kennedy then played an aggressive innings to keep the  run-rate to a decent level, but just as things were starting to look positive, Woodhouse had to retire hurt on 38 due to a calf pull. His request for a runner was denied by the Gordonians captain, and it was only afterwards discovered that runners were only disallowed in Internationals.

Addison came out to be dismissed straight away without scoring as things started to look bleak. But then came Paul Macdonald playing some nice square shots  and once again the scores started to flow. Kennedy’s innings came to an end for 39 but Methlick had moved the score along to a respectable 180 for 4 but only 7 overs were left to score 68 runs.

Macdonald quickly followed Kennedy for a fine knock of 32, but the tail were unable to stay with the silky touches of Bremanesen who was unbeaten on 19, as Duffy went for a Golden Duck. MCC ended all out for a respectable 201, but had managed maximum bowling and batting points in a high scoring game.

By Mark Woodhouse.