Superb Team Effort propels FPs to Final

FPs reached their 1st ever Small Club Cup Final as they battled back from a low total of 156 all out to bowl out Tranent for 118.  It looked as if FPs were to taste an agonizing defeat as rain arrived with Tranent 1 run ahead of the rain target. Ironically they had been behind the whole innings and were 7 wickets down, yet the slightly unusual system only looks at scoring rate.  Thankfully the rain abated and FPs quickly bagged the final 3 wickets that they required to confirm a fine win. Batting wise only Karan Anand 37, Geoff Morrison 32 and Rutwik Hegde 29, made any real impression as the batting failed to fire.  Anand bowled well to claim 4 for 49, while Sajid Hameed took 3 for 11. Continue reading

Brutal FPs cruise to Duthie Park win

FPs demolished Mannofield by 113 runs in an utterly dominant performance.  With the game reduced to just 35 overs each due to rain, FPs still racked up 273, scoring at nearly 8 an over, as Rob Swiergon made a magnificent 96 not not and Karan Anand blitzed 49 not out from just 18 balls.  Geoff Morrison weighed in with 40, Rutwik Hegde hit 34 and Alex Keith hit 26 as the batsmen completely dominated.  Harry Mapplebeck then claimed 3 for 46 as FPs eased to victory. Continue reading

Teams for 25th and 26th June

1ST XI V Mannofield

Meet 12.15 at Duthie Park

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

2nd XI V Queens Cross

Meet 12.15 at Rubislaw

M Barker (c)
C Clelland (w)
J Eagles
S Ismail
R Knudson
B Manogna
P McDonald
R Monnapillai
M Nattrass
A Senthil
J Waldron

3rd XI v 2nd Grampian

Meet 12.30 at Sheddocksley

I Johnston (c)
L d’Costa
K Ghosh (w)
M Hart
Jo Lord
A Macdonald
T Murray
R Risan
D Selvaraj
G Stuart
J Youles

Sunday 1st XI v Tranent

Meet 12.15 at Rubislaw

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

Sunday Rubislaw XI v Gordonians

Meet 12.30 at Countesswells

I Johnston (c)
L d’Costa
K Ghosh (w)
Jo Lord
R Monnapillai
M Nattrass
D Selvaraj
A Senthil
J Thomson
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Academy expel FPs as “pitch” fails the test

FPs fell to a 4 wicket defeat to Academy on a pitch unlikely to be deemed suitable to graze wild sheep. It was an afternoon of the bizarre as both teams turned up to find a pitch that was neither cut or marked and was only discernible from the 6 inch long outfield due to the grass on the ‘pitch’ being a little bit shorter.  The game had everything, from Alex Keith having to paint the lines in bold blue, Sam Knudson being given out LBW for playing a defensive shot and the helmet being struck to score a notable 5.  It was great credit that a game was played at all and Academy played in an excellent manner, recalling Knudson after that LBW.

The whole game did raise far wider questions though, on how long the Grades will allow Sport Aberdeen to produce “wickets” such as this, where one ball hits you in the head and the next balls rolls along the ground.  While the recent rain is some mitigation for an under prepared pitch, it is no excuse, for the pitch not being rolled vaguely flat, the outfield being 6 inches long and there being no markings.  The game hinged on the toss, which FPs lost, but if cricket is going to prosper, there is no way that a ground such as this should be used, let alone in Grade 1. Continue reading

Teams for 18th and 19th June

1ST XI V Academy

Meet 12.15 at Sheddocksley

G Morrison (c) (w)
K Anand
S Hameed
R Hegde
A Keith
S Knudson
P McDonald
H Mapplebeck
R Swiergon
J Thomson
J Waldron

2nd XI V Methlick

Meet 12.15 at Rubislaw

M Barker (c)
C Clelland (w)
L d’Costa
K Ghosh
S Ismail
V Kandhari
R Knudson
B Manogna
R Monnapillai
M Nattrass
D Russell

3rd XI v 2nd Methlick

Leave 11.45 from the Grammar Club

I Johnston (c)
I Goodenough
B Joseph
J Lee (w)
Ja Lord
Jo Lord
A Macdonald
T Murray
R Risan
D Selvaraj
J Youles

Sunday XI v Gordonians

Meet 12.30 at Countesswells

I Johnston (c)
L d’Costa
K Ghosh (w)
R Hegde
R Knudson
S Knudson
R Monnapillai
M Nattrass
R Risan
D Selvaraj
R Swiergon