Fraserburgh continued their season’s good form, beating Methlick for the first time at Lairds on another glorious day. Plenty of runs were expected with a shaved outfield and the heavy roller had been used to flatten the wicket and squeeze out any remaining moisture as the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.

From the outset the batsmen decided to attack and were pretty punishing on Aussie, Veerasema, whose first spell of 3 overs went for 27. Addison and Duffy managed to keep a tight rein on the scoring but chances weren’t taken and the opening stand moved on to 50. The score had reached 61 from 16 overs when Grant Cordiner came on to replace Duffy. His slow wobble started to take effect and in his fourth over had Watson stumped for 22.

Fraser Lawrence had been dropped by Cordiner off his own bowling and made Methlick pay as he went on to his half century. Veerasema came back for another spell and had O’neill caught cheaply by Jamie Jones, but Liam Bowie quickly got in his stride and was also plundering runs.

Cordiner bowled a Jaffa pitching leg stump and hitting middle to dismiss Lawrence for 59. Flowerdew went quickly, again to Veerasema and Methlick started to think about a collapse. It never came as Chris Gospel started hitting out at everything and, as Bowie was finally bowled by Jones for 36, Souter came in to inflict further punishment to the home bowlers.

Fraserburgh finished on 216 for 6 of which 60 runs came from only 4 overs. Cordiner had bowled 9 superb overs for only 10 runs and his final over went for 21.

After tea the wicket started to act improperly, sometimes jumping from a length and sometimes shooting along the ground. None of the batsmen seemed to come to terms with it apart from Stuart Anderson who had a fantastic unbeaten knock of 83, with only Woodhouse and Veerasema pitching in with 12 each as Gospel took 4 wickets and Duthie 3. Methlick ended up with a below-par 148 reflecting a mediocre batting display and a short loss of concentration on the bowling side and will need to improve on these fronts after recording a third successive defeat when they visit Knight Riders at Groat’s Road next Saturday.

By Mark Woodhouse.