Aberdeenshire stunned their critics with an astonishing late season win at the home of Scottish cricket, destroying Grange’s chances of winning the Eastern Premiership.
Shire captain Chris Venske was equally confounded by his side’s surprise four-wicket win against the title-chasing Edinburgh side.
He said: “We have been threatening for some time to turn someone over, and today we got it right after putting them in, and keeping at them right from the start to restrict them to 223 for nine from 50 overs.
“We then fancied ourselves to get the runs, and were given the perfect start from Kenny Reid (62) and Ian Kirk (89), who put on 128 for the first wicket, making it easy for the rest of us when we batted.”
The much-vaunted Grange batting line-up was badly damaged by Chris Ngoepe and Connor Shorten, who each grabbed three wickets.
Meanwhile, Stoneywood-Dyce – who have already won the Strathmore Union – were given the day off after their game with Perth Doocot at the Peoples Park was rained off without a ball being bowled. Second-placed Gordonians were equally frustrated by the weather at Countesswells, where the home side reached 156 for the loss of eight wickets from their over allocation before the rain closed in, with Meigle on 24 for one wicket.
Mannofield got a result after bowling bottom-side Kinloch out for 121 before easing past the visitors’ total for the loss of only seven wickets.
In the ACA Grade 1 title race, the domination of Bon Accord looks set to end after they were skittled out for 63 at Kellands Park by Inverurie, who, despite the best efforts of the weather, cruised to a 10-wicket win.
Aberdeen Grammar took over at the top, this despite not being able to get the better of Academy who, after being bowled out for 162, were closing in on victory having reduced the visitors to 47 for four at Sheddocksley, only to be cruelly denied by the rain.
At the bottom of the table Kemnay-Kintore kept their chances of staying up alive after beating Cults by five wickets at Bogbeth Park.
Mannofield kept their bold bid to avoid relegation going with a win at the expense of doomed Ellon-Gordon.