The rainy drive out to Turriff was not very encouraging for AGSFP’s 3rd XI as they had hoped to carry on the good form from the previous weeks. Due to late team changes and some traffic problems, FP’s captain Ian Johnston was late for the toss which had resulted in FP’s batting first. With heavy drizzle and a dodgy weather forecast, the captains had agreed to reduce the game to 35 overs a side and hopefully ensure both teams would have a bat.
The FP’s line up showed only three survivors of the victory celebrations of the previous week with John Lord, John Youles, Jim Lee, Aly MacDonald, Matt Garratt, Matt Carson, Kingshuk Ghosh (w), Matthew McCaughtrie joining Johnston, Vinod Karmilla and Leston D’Costa.
AGSFP’s 3rd XI were relieved to hear on Friday that for the first time this season, Ellon 2nd XI had raised a team and so a sunny Saturday would not be cricket-less. Actually it was FP’s who were fortunate to have a full team with debutantes Ross Collier and schoolboy Usman Farooq being very late additions, joining Ian Johnston, Tamus Whyte, Vineet Khandari, Doug Russell (w) Leston D’Costa, Vinod Karmilla, Gilles Gardner, Rafeek Risan, Faraj Monnapillai in the line up.
There were six changes to the Grammar 3rd XI to play against Aberdeen Super Kings in the Johnston Rose Bowl 40 over cup tie. This weeks venue due to the sinkhole at Harlaw, which the council are still looking into, was to be Kintore. Joining survivors from the previous match against Stonehaven – Ian Johnston, Agha Haider, Vinod Karmilla, Reezan Risan, Vineet Khandari were Ben Frizzell, Doug Russell, Leston D’Costa, Gilles Gardner, Jim Lee (w) and this week’s debutant Syed Ismail.
The Friday night late call off had been overcome, but with the toss already lost and FP’s ready to take the field, a phone call from Kemnay asking where our FP’s teammates were, was a bit worrying.
The FP’s batting helmets should have been light blue this week as it was a United Nations of a 3rd XI chosen to play Stonehaven 2nd XI at Harlaw, with seven nations represented, namely Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and a Malteser. The line up was Ian Johnston, Gary Stuart, Aly Macdonald, Matt Carson, Roland Knudson, Faraj Monnapillai, Vineet Khandari, Vinod Karmilla, Agha Haider, Rafeek Risan and Jerry Moir.
The toss was won by Stonehaven skipper Dave Long Snr who invited FP’s to bat first. The weather was sunny but windy and the overnight and morning rain had long since dried up. There was a change in the outfield, a sinkhole/escape tunnel from Rubislaw had recently appeared inside the boundary but had been fenced off so securely that even Donald Trump would have approved.
The first reunion match between Grammar Former Pupils and Grammar Former Players was due to take place at Harlaw but was changed to Sheddocksley Lower due to pitch unavailability.
The 2016 Aberdeen summer had been and gone during the week but at least it meant that the sometime minefield of a pitch would be dried out, hence the non appearance of the local sniffer pit bulls and their fearless handlers. Unfortunately this also meant the outfield would be faster than the ‘experienced’ team of Former Pupils would have preferred while fielding. Continue reading