Cults Artisans and Methlick serve up end of season cracker
CULTS Artisans and Methlick served up an end of season cracker in a match where four results were possible with two balls to go.
Methlick 198 for 9 drew with Cults Artisans 195 for 9
The Methlick total was largely indebted to a fine innings of 110 from Adrian Saward. Stuart Anderson supplied the support with 31, but it was a good comeback from Cults Artisans who were pleased to restrict the score to one of sub-200. Dougie Anderson took 3 wickets with Barry Milne and Neil Gillanders snaring two apiece.
With 45 overs to bat, Steve Dickie (69) and Richard Munro (29) were content to carefully plot their way along the victory path with a measured partnership.
When Munro and then Dickie were out, 50 were needed off the remaining 10 overs with 5 wickets remaining. After a brief lull, towering sixes from Gerry O'Brien and then Neil Gillanders brought the chase back to one of a run a ball from the remaining 6 overs.
Mark Munro (19) played some nice shots in a welcome return to form and the game entered the final over with 6 runs required for a Cults Artisans victory and 2 wickets required by Methlick.
After some watchful play by Munro and Graeme Golder, conscious of having 8-year old Lewis Munro as the batsman to come, four runs were needed from the final ball of the match.
The crafty Colin Addison was able to contain Munro to a flick to square leg and the batsman was then run out as Golder attempted to bring confusion to the fielders.
An exciting way to end the Cults Artisans campaign and a match which brought the first draw of the season.
Elsewhere, Cults were content to hold Stonehaven to a draw at Mineralwells in Saturday's Grade 1 match (Stonehaven 180 for 8, Cults 123 for 7). Sunday's rearranged rearrangement was again washed out v. Kintore. With the Turriff Cup finals day, Kintore, and the relegated Banchory still to play, the team looks like they'll be playing into mid-September.