FPs batting failed again as they were bowled out for just 87 in 44.3 painful overs by Kintore. It leaves FPs in deep relegation trouble with some very tough games to come. Some excellent bowling from Laird and Jones, assisted by some ponderous batting, numerous dropped catches in the field and two key LBWs going against FPs made sure it was a day to forget.FPs lost the toss and were asked to bat on a very green wicket and lost Morrison LBW for 1 in the 6th over LBW to Jones. Skipper Knudson joined Lord and after a 21 ball stay, fell caught by Singer off Laird for 3, and next ball Lord was caught by Cowie off a good Laird delivery departing for a duck from a desperate 42 balls, FPs 8 for 3 in 13 overs. It did not get better as McDonald was bowled by the deadly accurate Jones for 3, FPs now at a shambolic 14 for 4.
After some brief respite Eagles was then bowled for 6 by Deasi as FPs slid further to 27 for 5. Khan and MacDonald then came together and at least did double the score, eventually hitting the 1st boundary in the 32nd over. But just when it looked like FPs might manage something competitive, MacDonald guided Cowie straight to Jones to fall for 19, shortly after Khan fell for the same score, given LBW to spinner Kalyankrishan.
Bakhshi and Norwood then did add 17 runs in good time, before Prosser held Bakhshi on the boundary. Sam Knudson attempted some big hits but was caught by Laird off Kalyankrishan for 5 ahead of James Lord also being caught by Laird off Cowie for 1. FPs all out 87.
87 never looked like being enough, but FPs struck early, Stalker clean bowled for 5 by Sam Knudson. It nearly got so much better in the next over as Laird was extremely close to being LBW from an in swinger from Lord, but much to FPs dismay the umpire said no.
With Laird and Kancherla running well and attacking the bowling, FPs opted to turn to Eagles who straight away Laird launched for 6 before he appeared to be plumb LBW playing all round a straight ball but again the neutral umpire ruled not out, clearly to wicketkeeper Morrison and bowler Eagles complete astonishment. However, FPs did not help themselves as off Bakhsi, the normally super reliable MacDonald dropped Kancherla at mid wicket, and then next ball Morrison standing up, dropped a top edge off one that Bakhshi dug in.
Laird continued his assault on Eagles who had his head in his hands as McDonald twice spilled chances on the boundary that he is reknowned for claiming. With the game up Laird, hit one over for 18 off Eagles. FPs thought they at least had a consolation when off Bakhshi’s bowling, Morrison cunningly stumped Kancherla who had wandered out of his ground, only for the batsmen to be reprieved by a not out decision to the FP fielders horror. It pretty well summed up the afternoon and Laird completed his fine innings of 44 not out with another 6 as Kintore ended finished on 90 for 2.
Despite a number of reprieves, Laird showed the correct attitude when chasing a low score and took advantage of the chances he was given. However, the game was won by Laird and Jones’ fine 1st innings bowling and FPs slow scoring and if FPs are to recover this season they will need to find their batting and catching form. FPs take on Stonehaven in the cup on Sunday before leaders Bon Accord next Saturday in matches they will not start as favourites.