Ellon’s Day at Harlaw

AGSFP’s 3rd XI made five changes to the team from the previous match, Ian Johnston, Doug Russell, Shaun Mountain, Rahul Gopal and Rama Mantha were replaced by Shriram Balasumbramanian, Agha Haider, Arun Chidhambaram, Jeston D’Costa, Jim Lee and Melvin Joy. Remaining team members were Sandeep Dhanamani (C), Kingshuk Gosh (Wkt), Paul Norwood, James Lord, Bhanu Yalamanchili.

FP’s won the toss and elected to field first, the opening batsman for Ellon were C Watson and Middleton. FP’s opened the bowling with J D’Costa and S. Dhanamani. Both the opening bowlers started off well however from the 5th over C Watson and Middleton started to hit the ball all over the ground. The rain did not help the bowlers keep to a tight line and length. At the end of 9th over Ellon had reached 62 runs for no loss. B Yalamanchili was brought on to bowl, replacing S Dhanamani at this stage the rain had become heavier. Both teams agreed to stop the match for few minutes to see if the rain would stop.

After a 20 minute break, the rain stopped and field was inspected by the captains to see if it was in a playable condition. The pitch was fine however the outfield was slippery. FP’s asked Ellon if they would like to call off the game due to the outfield condition. Ellon advised that they were happy and keen to play on. The FP’s captain sportingly agreed to resume the game and only call it off if it started to rain heavily again.

B Yalamanchili continued his spell, and at the end of 12th over Ellon reached 100 runs. FP’s tried all their bowling options, however C Watson and Middleton still managed to find the gaps. J Lord and A Chidhambaram replaced J D’Costa and B Yalamanchili.  Chidhambaram bowled a full toss delivery and Middleton completely missed the ball which hit the stumps, FP’s started to celebrate the fall of the long awaited wicket however the umpire from bowler’s end called that as a no ball. FP’s Captain explained to the umpire at the bowler’s that the square leg umpire had not called that delivery as a no ball. The umpire at the bowler’s decided not to change his decision even though the square leg umpire was sure that it was not a no ball. With disappointment FP’s continued to bowl.

M Joy and A Haider replaced J Lord and A Chidhambaram, both the bowlers started off with good line however the both the batsman were in good form at that stage. Ellon reached 200 runs without losing any wickets in 25 overs.

It was J D’Costa who took the first wicket for FP’s at the 32nd over, D’Costa bowled a full length delivery, C Watson tried to hit it straight for a boundary but missed the ball which hit the stumps. C Watson was out for 125 runs.

Proctor was the next batsman to come and lost his wicket to P Norwood when he was on 8 runs, A Haider taking a good catch to dismiss Proctor. J Lord took the third wicket by getting Middleton bowled. Middleton played an excellent innings and scored 147 runs, and at that stage Ellon declared their innings. The target for FP’s 321.

P Norwood and J Lee opened the batting for FP’s the right and left hand combination worked well for FP’s. P Norwood hit some lofted shots which raced to the boundary. The opening partnership had reached to 54 runs when P Norwood was bowled by S. Herridge for 30.

K Gosh was the next batsman, scoring 2 quick boundaries but was out for 8 runs, S Herridge picked up K Ghosh’s wicket. J Lord scored 5 and was bowled by C Morris. M Joy played some good shots however was also bowled C Morris for 19 runs.

C Watson managed to get J Lee out LBW, J Lee opened the batting and played until 32nd over scoring 45 runs. At this stage FP’s were 124 for 4, but unfortunately FP’s lost their last 6 wickets for 10 runs. Ellon bowled well to get the FP’s all out for 134, R Kennard and C Morris bowled well and claimed 3 wickets each.

FP’s3rds Ko’d by KK2nds

The last game of the Grade 4 season for AGSFP’s 3rd XI saw Kemnay-Kintore 2nd XI visit Harlaw. Seven changes to the team beaten the previous week saw Johnston, Chaitu, Gopal, Hart, Satya, Gillies return and Tammus Whyte play his first game of the season, joining Sandeep, Ghosh, Shriram, Kiran Bhanu.  Jim Lee, who in recent weeks had top scored with 45 and 52 not out (lazily made up of 13 x 4), was promoted to the 2nd XI.

KK won the toss and asked FP’s to bat on a dull but dry afternoon. Johnston and Ghosh opened the batting for FP’s but recent batting hero Ghosh was soon out without scoring playing down the wrong line to Gibbs and was bowled. Gibbs then hit  Johnston’s leg stump, out for 3 and FP’s were 8 – 2 off  3.2 overs.  Gopal got off the mark with a good shot off his legs for 4, but was next out LBW for 5.

Chaitu had looked comfortable but was given out LBW having scored a good 11 ( 1 x 4). Hart hit a lofted straight drive over Gibb’s head then timed a nice shot off his legs to the boundary, but was bowled by Soni for 10, FP’s 44 – 5 off 11.3 overs.

Satya soon edged behind off Gibbs and Shri was bowled for 1 as FP’s collapsed. Gillies was bowled for a duck by Soni, FP’s 53 – 8. Sandeep made 5 before Gibbs struck again and the biggest partnership of the innings helped save a bit of pride for FP’s  when Kiran Bhanu and Whyte added an entertaining 35 in 6 overs. Whyte was unlucky to be brilliantly caught at mid-wicket having scored 12 ( 2 x 4) leaving Kiran Bhanu 15 n.o. (1 x 4). FP’s all out 97. Best bowling was J. Gibbs who bowled a great spell of 12 – 0 – 31 – 7, Soni took 2 – 23 and L. Thom  1 – 16.

A good tea was taken between innings and KK opened the batting with B. Thom and Fowlie. FP’s needed a quick breakthrough but KK had scored 24 before the 1st wicket fell, Thom LBW to Sandeep for 7 (1 x 4). The second wicket had added 32 runs when Bhanu had Coe well caught in the covers by Chaitu for 17 (2 x 4).

FP’s struck again when Gillies took a brilliant one handed catch at gully to dismiss Turner off Sandeep for 0, KK 62 – 3. A great bit of fielding by Gopal saw Fowlie run out for 26 (3 x 4) and West was then bowled by Sandeep for 5 and when Cole was bowled by Kiran Bhanu, FP’s had brought themselves back into the game with KK at 74 – 6.

However batsmen Reeve J and Reeve D countered attacked well and soon knocked off the required runs ending 12 and 13 n.o respectively to see KK home by 4 wickets. Wicket takers for FP’s Sandeep 3 – 32, Kiran Bhanu 2 – 47.

Not a great end to the season for FP’s, too many batsmen playing poor shots partly due to a lack of match practice for many.

There was a good fight back which quietened KK for a while, but the FP’s total was just not good enough.

Champagne Moment – Gillies one handed catch

Man of the Match – Kiran Bhanu’s good all round performance, top scorer and top wicket taker for FP’s

 

King Ghosh rules at Methlick

The sun shone brightly at Methlick for the Grade 4 match between AGSFP’s 3rd XI and promotion chasing Methlick  2nd XI. The ground looked great, the wicket was straw coloured and firm, the outfield fast, perfect conditions for cricket.

For the first time this season FP’s were under strength with only 10 players, the team being Johnston, Dhanamani, Norwood, Rama Mantha, Ghosh, Gopal, Yalamanchili, Mountain, Lord and Russell.

AGSFP’s won the toss and invited Methlick to bat first. Methlick opened the batting with captain Rob Fryer and Gerrie as the pacemaker.
Yalamanchili opened the bowling for FP’s and it took him only 11 balls to take his first wicket when Gerrie suffered a heart stopping moment by playing on and had to take the walk, alone, Methlick 9 – 1.

Fryer and new batsman Anderson then added 20 runs before Yalamanchili struck again with 2 wickets in 2 balls in the 9th over. Anderson was well caught off by wicket keeper Ghosh off the back of the bat, Anderson out for 10 (2 × 4). Yalamanchili took his third wicket ball thanks to a fabulous catch at point by Shaun Mountain who dived to his right and just got his fingers under a dipping shot by MacLean, Methlick  29 - 3 off 9.5 overs.

Next over a good piece of bowling by Dhanamani brought FP’s the 4th wicket when Campbell was dismissed LBW for a duck, Methlick 30 – 4.

Methlick staged a bit of a recovery with Gordon defending well and Fryer playing some text-book back foot drives and using his feet well to the spinners, but fortunately for FP’s also finding the fielders, obviously Fryer had not been reading the Boycott Book of Batting he owns.

The 5th wicket had raised 24 runs when a change of bowling brought immediate success when first ball from Gopal had Gordon out safely caught at square leg by Lord for 3, Methlick 52 – 5 off 14.1 overs.

Gopal was hit for 3 x 4 in an over but kept his cool and gained revenge next over when opener Fryer was out well caught behind by an alert Ghosh for 28 (4 × 4), Methlick 76 – 6.

Mountain replaced Dhanamani who had bowled a good spell being unlucky not to take more wickets. Leg break bowler Mountain was turning the ball square, at times too much for the batsmen to hit.

But it was Gopal who had the aggressive Allan out when Rama made his usual immaculate job of taking a skier at mid wicket, Allan out for 23 (3 × 4), Methlick 102 for 7. Next ball Gopal saw Norwood take a good catch at mid on to dismiss Cordiner for a quick 12 (2 × 4).

Next batsman in was young Kennedy, who broke the Kennedy attacking mould by playing an immaculate defensive shot to avoid the hat trick ball. Russell replaced Mountain and in his second over had young Kennedy well caught at slip by Norwood. The last wicket added a frustrating 26 runs as Gopal tried in vain for his 5th wicket but few arial shots from Day avoided the fielders. Russell ended the innings with a straight ball to dismiss Hyde for 2, Day not out 16 (3 x 4), Methlick scoring 132 off 33.2 overs.

FP’s were on top during most of the Methlick innings, Yalamanchili bowled a great spell, apart from wides again being the top scorer off his bowing, 8 – 2 – 23 – 3, Dhanamani bowled accurately, 8 – 0 – 26 – 1, Gopal was unlucky not to get a five-for, Russell finished off the innings by bowling straight, 4.2 – 1 – 7 – 2, Mountain bowled some unplayable deliveries, and some playable, 4 – 0 – 24 – 0. Extras was comfortably highest contributor to the Methlick total of 44, again way to many.

The last tea away tea of the season was the best away tea of the season, a vegetable curry proving very popular with one or two of the less dedicated FP’s players.

Norwood and Rama opened the batting for FP’s and soon settled any nerves with Rama hitting a great straight drive for four. Rama had to leave early and as a result was cleaned bowled going for an expansive drive, out for 13 (2 × 4), but the opening stand was worth a solid 26 runs.

Next batsman in Ghosh and Norwood then added 23 runs without too many risks taken, the advantage of having 57 overs to score the runs meaning no risks necessary, and the fast outfield giving full value to the batsmen. Things went well for the batsmen and it was a surprise when Norwood was out caught off Cordiner for 24 (1 × 4), FP’s 49 – 2 off 20 overs.

Russell joined Ghosh and batted calmly to help take the score past 100, both batsmen playing sensible cricket and enjoying batting on a decent track on a day made for batting.

FP’s were within striking distance of the Methlick total, when Russell was out caught  for 18,  Johnston was soon out LBW for 2, one run less than helpings of the vegetable curry, proving runs don’t always follow curries.

Lord joined Ghosh in the middle as Fryer brought himself on to bowl. But having seen off Fryer, Ghosh opened up, hitting a couple of sixes over mid wicket. With 3 runs required Ghosh then finished the game with a huge 6 over mid wicket, this time into a field. Ghosh knew his own score and the number of runs required and showed great confidence in finishing the game and reaching a maiden 50 in such emphatic style.

Ghosh ended 51 n.o. (3 x 6, 4 x 4) and Lord 6 n.o (1 x 4).  Best bowling for Methlick, B. Anderson 12 – 3 – 23 – 3

FP’ s thoroughly deserved their 3rd victory of the season, beginning well and being in control throughout the match with good bowling fielding and batting from the 10 man team. After a match played in great spirit it was good to share a drink with the opposition.

Champagne Moment – normally Mountain’s catch would have won it, but Ghosh reaching his maiden 50 with a 6 takes the award


Man of the Match – Kingshuk with 2 catches and a match winning 51 n.o.

Champions!

Grammar FP’s 2nd XI claimed the 2014 Grade 3 title with a comprehensive nine wicket victory over Mannofield 2nd XI at Rubislaw.

The line-up for FP’s was as follows:
Magesh Devendran (c), Matt Barker (vc), Arun Kumar Chithambaram, Chris Clelland (wkt), Guru Thangamani, Jim Lee, John Eagles, John Youles, Kieran Whyte, Mahesh Narayanan, Rama Mantha.

The ever dependable Devendran won the toss and opted to field, trusting in his vaunted bowling attack to clean up the opposition for a low score.

Whyte and Narayanan opened, both swinging the ball but finding the cross-wind testing. Narayanan was the first to strike, clean bowling both opening batsmen, Natras and Herd, in consecutive overs to reduce Mannofield to 14/2 after 8 overs.

Whyte was next to pick up a wicket, dislodging Brereton with a beautiful outswinger which caught the edge and sailed through to Thangamani at gully where he calmly pouched it. The score 23/3 after 11.

Mannofield rallied slightly to put on 12 for the next wicket before the partnership was broken by Devendran who tempted Alawattage (I am dubious about the spelling of this name) into skying one to the in-rushing Whyte at deep mid-on who took a great catch.

Sweeney hit a couple of boundaries but was bowled by Whyte in the next over, his ball just clipping the bail off the top of off-stump to reduce Mannofield to 42/5 in the 18th.

The writing was on the wall for Mannofield by this point and the remaining wickets fell in quick succession. Zanie was bowled by Eagles after dancing down the wicket; Mian stumped by Chalkie, also trying to dance with Eagles; Lumsden given LBW to Eagles, decidedly not dancing anywhere.

This left the two youngest members of the Mannofield team, the Elliot Brothers, to show the rest how it was done. The younger Elliot played some lovely straight batted shots and was well applauded by both teams until Devendran decided to spoil the party, inducing the young lad to chip one to Barker at short cover to end the innings. Mannofield all out for 58.

With only 25 overs bowled by FP’s the decision was made to bat straight away and take tea afterwards. Clelland and Barker took to the middle, Clelland to face.

Despite looking in good knick and cutting a lovely boundary in the first over, Clelland was deceived by Brereton’s first ball which pitched and straightened to take out his off-stump leaving the score 13/1 in the 2nd.

After this early scare FP’s knuckled down to business, Narayanan joined Barker in the middle and the pair proceeded to knock off the remaining runs inside 7 overs. Barker finished on 27 not out (5 x 4), Narayanan on 23 (2 x 4). As Barker hit the winning boundary to clinch the league title he turned to the pavilion arms aloft to find his Captain off on a beer run, the scorers arguing over whether the score was correct and his remaining team-mates inside setting up tea. Obviously the big celebration is being saved for next weekend’s Reid Cup Final!

The game was won with the same dedication and skill shown throughout the season with everyone contributing in the field, backing up the talented bowling attack. Much credit must go to Captain Devendran whose dedication and leadership made a big difference over the course of the season.

Next up the Reid Cup Final against Portcullis at Duthie Park.

MOM – Mahesh Narayanan, for his contribution with both bat and ball.
Champagne Moment – Barker securing the league title with a leg-side (surprise surprise) boundary.

Vijapur Vigil Guides FPs to improbable win

FPs recovered from a seemingly hopeless position of 33 for 6 to chase down 136 to win with just 7 balls left in an absorbing contest.  Vijay Vijapur was the hero making a superb and chanceless 54 not out as he batted 30 overs to steer FPs to victory.  He was ably assisted by the lower order as 1st Paul Norwood (11) helped add 41 for the 7th wicket and then Sajid Hameed (13) and Gary Stuart (15*) helped FPs over the line.  Earlier they had done well to restrict Mannofield to 135 for 8 in 46 overs as Gary Stuart took 3 for 28 in 11 overs. Continue reading