Aberdeenshire were put firmly in their place by Watsonians at Mannofield.
The Edinburgh side proved to be more likely Eastern Premier title winners than their lack lustre Aberdeen opponents, easing through convincing seven wicket winners.
Shire lost the toss and were asked to bat, but failed to impress, and were bowled out for 100 with only captain Chris Venkse and fellow South African Chris Ngoepe making any impact against the accurate visiting attack.
Venske, who scored 25 and Ngoepe 28, said:”It was disappointing after our tremendous win against Forfarshire last week.”
In the Strathmore and Perthshire Union, Stoneywood-Dyce kept their bid to return to the top Scottish flight on target with a resounding 108-run win at home to derby rivals Mannofield.
Stoneywood-Dyce owed much to a stand of 175 between former captain Shaun Coetzer(88) and overseas player Liam Lindsay (89), giving the Peoples Park side a total of 256 for the loss of seven wickets.
The Mannofield total of of 148 was bolstered by a sparkling 54 from former Stoneywood- Dyce favourite Willie Anderson.
For the home side David Kidd was the chief wicket-taker with three for 31, underlining their ability to produce homegrown talent.
“It was a good all round performance from the guys,” said Jack Mitchell, the Peoples Park captain.
In the first full programme of the Aberdeenshire Grades, the pick of a sun-blessed day was at Allan Park.
After a season away from the most attractive ground due to flood damage, last year’s Grade 1 runners-up Aberdeen Grammar FPs were good winners in a low scoring affair against Cults.
Having restricted the visitors to only 118, Cults looked on track for an easy win, only to fall short after being bowled out for 71.
Defending champions Bon Accord sent out a warning to all other clubs after amassing 304 for seven, running out 134 run winners away to Kemnay/ Kintore.
Opener Fazal Awan led the way with a superb 106.