The match played between FP’s and Methlick on 11th June was a match the participants won’t forget in a hurry as for the main part the game was played in miserable wet conditions on a weekend which had only 2 other matches played in Aberdeen.
The two captains Rob Fryer and Stewart Kennedy deserve great praise for persuading their teams to start the game, never mind completing the match as the rain got heavier and the players got wetter.
FP’s bowlers started well as the new artificial wicket at Rubislaw soaked up the rain. But then Kennedy found his timing and began to up the scoring rate, with some good shots off his legs as the FP’s bowlers struggled to control the sodding sodden ball.
But then skipper Fryer cleverly brought on Doug Russell to bowl and with his first ball, Russell had Kennedy LBW to his ‘slower’ ball for 58, Methlick 87- 1 off 13 overs.
Russell bowled well slowing the scoring rate during his spell of 8 – 1 – 18 – 2, as did Andy Milne who bowled 5 – 1 – 17 – 1, his wicket courtesy of a sharp piece of work when Pehlaj who stumped Young.
Grammar opened the batting with Fryer and Rama and the score had Rama was out for 4, FP’s score 11 - 1. Blyth soon followed also out for 4, FP’s 16 – 2.
Left hander Pehlaj started carefully, but was soon hitting shots all round the wicket, including the not seen often enough shot, his graceful cover drive. Both Fryer and Pehlaj tend to score along the ground, so must have been frustrated by the longish wet outfield.
Fryer was out for 33 (4 x 4), score 92 – 3 off 24 overs. New batsman Karthik batted sensibly and the 4th wicket added 73 runs off 12 overs and with victory in sight Karthik was out for 29 ( 1 x 4), FP’s score 165 – 5.
Russell then helped Pehlaj see FP’s home with 6 overs to spare, Pehlaj ending a brilliant 96 not out (8 x 4)
Both teams deserve great credit for playing to the finish in miserable conditions, especially the young Methlick team who played to the end without complaint.
Keeping the ball dry was impossible, and the bowlers had to bowl with a roundish bar of soap, not helping accurate bowling, and underfoot conditions deteriorated in the dismal weather.
Man of the Match – Pehlaj, batted brilliantly to get to within four of his hundred, and kept wicket well in tricky conditions.
Champagne Moment – Probably getting out of the rain.