Initially downcast, he was eventually able to settle on the positives after a game from which both teams retained unbeaten records.
"Immediately after the game it felt like a defeat, because you look at the wee things you could have done that could have got you over the line," he said. "But, on reflection, we can take a lot of positives, because there were times when it looked as if we might lose."
That was the case when, with his side chasing Renfrew's 216-6, they lost their ninth wicket with 15 runs still required. Callum Leck and Matthew McClymont showed great composure to guide Ayr to within a run of victory. They had needed three runs from the final ball but had to be content with two and a share of the spoils.
McElnea and Neil Smith had put on 90 for the first wicket as Ayr looked like racing to victory - the captain was top scorer with 54 - but they were pegged back by some tight bowling, particularly from Imran Adrees.
Earlier, Shahid Abbasi carried his bat for a brilliant unbeaten century as Renfrew looked to build on their opening day win over Drumpellier. The Reivers batsman did benefit from a couple of dropped catches and McElnea added: "These are the things you look back on and realise you have to improve on for the next game. Take nothing away from Abbasi, though; he took advantage of the drops and batted beautifully."
Sammy Zia was the star of Uddingston's 80-run win over West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent. The champions went into the match seeking to make amends after their opening day defeat at Ayr and got off to the worst possible start when they lost Amir Gul in the first over. Zia was joined by Gautham Rai and Matt McEwan in partnerships of 53 and 48 as the Bothwell side fought back impressively. McEwan, whose 29-ball 36 included three 6s, looked like taking the match away from West until he was unluckily run out at the non-striker's end by Dave McNulty's athletic deflection.
Zia, a former United Arab Emirates cap, went on to dominate the remainder of the innings with a well-crafted 97 as Uddingston posted 211-9. He looked set for three figures until the inside-out shot over the offside field which had brought several of his nine boundaries also proved his undoing when he spooned a simple catch to Ross Brown off Gavin Smith. West's reply faltered as wickets fell at regular intervals, Jon Newell and John Blain offering most with 28 and 24, while five Uddingston bowlers took two wickets each.
Richie Berrington marked his Clydesdale debut with a half-century as the Titwood club flexed their muscles with a commanding win over top flight new boys East Kilbride. Con de Lange also reached 50, while Majid Haq opened the batting with 45 and Muhammad Awais provided the final flourish with three maximums in his 21-ball 40 to propel Clydesdale to 237 for eight. De Lange completed a fine all-round display with four wickets and Zeeshan Bashir had three as the Torrance House side stuttered to 110 all out.
Drumpellier suffered an 89-run defeat at Dumfries, where Peter Lojszczyk top-scored for the hosts with 40 of his team's 157 tally. Patrick Druce then took 5-25 and Niall Alexander 4-21 as Drumpellier were bundled out for 68.