2nd FP’s Win Leaves Queens Cross

2nd FP’s played their opener of the 2016 season against Queens Cross-Stoneywood Dyce at Duthie Park on Saturday 30 April.

Some tight bowling from FP’s kept QX-SD to a relatively chaseable total of 112-8. J Akhtar proved to be an immovable object at the top of the order, carrying his bat for a well-made 62no. Top of the FP bowling charts was K Whyte with 4-24, picking up two wickets in each of his spells. All the FP bowlers were tidy however, sharing the rest of the wickets at one apiece. Messrs. Eagles and Thomson were particularly frugal with ball in hand and FP debutant Palaniappan extracted some vicious turn from the blancmange-esque surface. Kudos also to D Russell, who kept with aplomb in the absence of regular keeper “Chalkie” Clelland.

Chasing 113 for the win under the new “no draw” format for Grade 2. FP’s were cruising at 92-5. Positive contributions from Palaniappan and Whyte, neither of whom were afraid to go aerial, along with some slightly lucky batting from Captain Barker, putting FP’s in pole position for the win. Unfortunately an inspired spell of bowling from A Rayner reduced FP’s to 92-9 in the space of a single over, which included a hat-trick. With Barker stranded at the non-strikers end he could do little to halt the procession of glum batsmen trooping off the field.

With one batsman remaining and 21 runs required for the win, things were looking squiffy for FP’s. Fortunately the one remaining batsman was the doughty J Thomson who dug in for a nerveless 9no to give Barker the chance to hit the winning runs and finish on 45no.

Thanks to Matt Carson who agreed to step up to Grade 2 from the 3rd team on his FP’s debut and made his fielding duties look easy. Also to Mehmood, also on debut, who went in higher up the batting order than perhaps he would have wished for. We look forward to seeing what he can do with ball in hand .

Man of the match – Shared between Barker and K Whyte.
Champagne Moment – A Rayner’s hat-trick ball.

Grampian too strong for 3rd FP’s Select XI

The new season saw several new faces and several old faces persuaded to turn out for AGSFP’s 3rd XI for the first Grade 4 match of the season.

Norwood held the innings together

Norwood held the innings together

The departure of a number (tbc) of players to a newly formed team and a perfect storm of holidays, exams, injuries etc meant the 3rd XI team of 10 included Canadian Gilles Gardner playing his first ever cricket match, schoolboy debutant Faraj Monnapillai,  two players who have not played since school in Nathan Jones and Bejoy Joseph, experienced schoolboy Matthew McCaughtrie playing his 2nd match for FP’s, very experienced Gary Stuart and Paul Norwood and the very, very experienced bearded duo Mike Hart and Iain Hopkin who were both around when the current fashion for beards was started by their former teammate W.G.


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Karan carries FPs to opening win

A fine all round performance from Karan Anand who hit an unbeaten 48 and took 2 for 15 in 10 tight overs secured an opening day win for FPs against AnandMannofield.  It was a somewhat rusty performance as having restricted the visitors to 147 for 8, FPs slipped to 73 for 5 and 107 for 6, but a composed unbeaten stand of 41 between Anand and Mapplebeck ensured FPs a 4 wicket win. Continue reading

Teams for 30th April

1ST XI V Mannofield

G Morrison (c) (w)
K Anand
J Davey
S Hameed
R High
A Keith
S Knudson
H Mapplebeck
A Senthil
R Swiergon
M Worsley

Meet 12.15 at Rubislaw

2nd XI V Queens Cross

M Barker (c)
M Carson
J Eagles
J Lord
B Manogna
F Mehmood
S Palaniappan
D Russell (w)
J Thomson
K Whyte
T Whyte

Meet 12.30 at Duthie Park

3rd XI V 2nd Grampian

I Johnston (c)
G Gardner
M Hart
I Hopkin
N Jones
B Joseph
M McCaughtrie
F Monnapillai
R Monnapillai
P Norwood (w)
G Stuart

Meet 12.30 at Harlaw

Dunecht Friendly Off

Due to rain and snow – today’s friendly at Dunecht is off.

The 1st league games are next Saturday with 1sts at home to Mannofield, 2nds play SDQX at Duthie Park and 3rds are at home to 2nd Grampian at Harlaw.