FPs strolled to their 3rd win in a row as their efforts to avoid relegation continued to pick up pace as they easily defeated Gordonians. Ali Bakhshi was once again in fine form with the ball claiming 3 for 28 from 12 overs and he was well supported by Gary Stuart who bagged 4 for 27 as Gordonians were bundled out for just 65. Despite a couple of early wickets and then 2 late wickets FPs easily chased down the runs in 15 overs as Booth made 24 and Davey 25 not out in a 6 wicket win.FPs won the toss and welcomed back Tom Booth and John Eagles in place of the injured John Lord and the unavailable James Lord. FPs kept things tight initially and the first wicket fell to a run out, as Godinthain attempting an impossible 2 was easily beaten by Bakhshi’s throw, Morrison completing the job to go for just 6. Butt soon followed a large nick easily collected by Morrrison behind the stumps for 4 off Bakhshi.
Stuart replaced Vijapur who was struggling with his shoulder and struck in his 3rd over bowling Devlin off his pads for 3. Next to go was Venkat superbly caught by McDonald at silly mid off for 4. Smith lasted no time as he was bowled by Bakhshi for a duck as Gordonians slipped to 26 for 5.
Stuart then delivered a double blow as he had Rajesh plumb LBW for 2 and then dispatched Rohit next ball, Khan diving forward to claim a fine catch. The hat-trick ball was bang on the money, but Jones hit it straight for a couple. Jones and Phani then combined in a useful stand and Phani hit Gordonians only boundary before Jones departed tamely chipping to Knudson at the unusual position of cover to depart for 11.
Eagles replaced Bakhshi after his 12 overs for 28 which gained 3 wickets and new man Eagles took just 10 balls to claim 2 for 1 as first his full toss was well held by a diving Booth at deep square leg and then he comprehensively bowled Brown for a duck as Gordonians were all out 65.
With Lord injured Morrison opened with the under the weather Pehlaj and they quickly added 14 in 2 overs before Pehlaj miscued a hook and was caught for 3 off Rohit. Morrison departed with the score on 20 as he also miscued Rohit and was caught for 3. This brought birthday boy Booth and Davey together and they added 35 in stylish manner, Booth hitting 3 fours and a huge six as he made 24 before being surprisingly bowled by Jones. Jones then dispatched McDonald first ball, but the hat-trick ball went a bit wrong and was wided. Davey took over where Booth let off driving straight for four, before finishing with an imperious pull over square leg for 6 as he finished on 25 not out.
The win, all but condemns Gordonians to Grade 2 next year, but FPs can still escape, although next week’s contest with Banchory will be pivotal.