Grammar FP’s 2nd XI were back at full strength for the visit of Crescent to Rubislaw. Missing from the victory was centurian John Davey along with Paul Norwood, Doug Bennett and into the team came Kieran Whyte, Mike Blues, Doug Russell, Magesh and schoolboy Andy Milne.
Crescent lost the toss and opened the batting with Tharanaj and Godia. The first scoring six shots were boundaries, with Whyte unusually going for three fours in one over, a lightening outfield not helping.
Nick Blyth made the breakthrough in the 6th over when he had Godia given out LBW for 4, Crescent 24 – 1. Crescent skipper Swabey also got off the mark with a boundary, but was Blyth’s next victim when he was bowled for 11 (2 x 4) Crescent 42 – 2. Blyth produced a perfect fast yorker in his next over to bowl Birch for a duck, Crescent 45- 3 off 11.5 overs.
Whyte had found his line and length, but was having no luck as the batsmen played and missed several times, Whyte bowling 7- 1 – 25 – 0. Vijay replaced Whyte from the Cromwell Road end, but had problem finding his length and opener Tharanaj continued his tactic of having a go at anything not on a length. Magesh came to bowl from the Pavillion End after another excellent spell from the in form Blyth who bowled 7 – 2 – 22 – 3.
Magesh opened with a maiden, but in his second over took 2 wickets in 2 balls when he bowled Ward for 8 (1 x 4) and then Ramalingas, leaving Crescent 79 – 5.
Next over Vijay bowled Bathgate with a good yorker, Crescent 80 – 6, and in his following over, Vijay took two more wickets, both bowled by good straight, full length balls, including the key wicket of Tharanaj for 45 (1 x 6, 7 x 4), Crescent 90 – 8 off 21 overs. Tharanaj had been severe on anything short from the first over and not afraid to play aerial shots.
Gibson was playing with sensible aggression, and with Maclennans help added 19 valuable runs taking Crescent to 115 all out, Magesh bowling Maclannan for a duck. Gibson batted well, scoring 25 no (1 x 6, 3 x 4) and was unfortunate Crescent had only 10 men. For FP’s, Magesh took 3 – 21, Blyth 3 – 22, Vijay 3 – 38.
FP’s had 66 overs to score the 116 runs requires and openers Fryer and Rama got off to a steady start scoring 16 in 4.5 overs when Fryer mistimed an on drive and was caught by mid on for 14 (2 x 4). Rama had taken 10 off Gibsons 3rd over, but was out caught off Swabey for 12 (2 x 4), FP’s 31 – 2.
Blyth had hit three good boundaries, but was out when bowled by Gibson for 12, FP’s 51 – 3. Johnston and Pehlaj added 15 runs when Tharanaj produced a good ball which moved in off the wicket and hit the top of off stump bowling Johnston for 3, FP’s 65 – 4.
Vijay got off the mark with a boundary, and together with Pehlaj added a match winning 55 runs in 8 overs before Vijay was out very well caught by Ramalinhas at deep mid wicket for 14 (2 x 4). Russell did not face a ball as Pehlaj finished the game off. Pehlaj finished 55 no (8 x 4) and produced his best batting display for FP’s, with some lovely shots off his legs. Timing was the key for Pehlaj.
This was a well deserved fifty following a long net session earlier in the week, practice making perfect. It also justified the two rounds of applause he gained due to a score book mix up.
FP’s won the game comfortably in the end taking advantage of an under strength Crescent. FP’s bowlers proved that line and length works, taking two wickets lbw and seven bowled.
Man of the Match – Pehlaj, kept wicket very well and was top scorer in the match.
Champagne Moment – Pehlaj very cooly reaching his ‘second’ fifty.