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2nd Stoney find Haven at Harlaw

For the second week in a row FP’s  3rd XI were under strength with only 10 men available for the Grade 4 game against an even more under strength Stonehaven 2nd XI who had only eight players arrive at Harlaw, 5 adults and 3 schoolboys,

The survivors from the previous weeks match Ian Johnston, Jim Lee, Michael Blues and Rajaa Monnappillai were joined by James Lord, Aly McDonald, Agha Haider, John Thomson, Rahul Gopal and this weeks debutant David Blues.

The weather had been damp during the morning and for the first time this season, no howling wind blowing the bails away. The toss was won again by FP’s and elected to bat first. FP’s supplied a couple of players to fill in the gaps in the field.

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FP’s blown away by Grampian

There was a grand total of two players available from the team which played in the previous 3rd XI match, the Johnston Rose Bowl cup thriller against Grampian CC, who were selected to play in the Grade 4 match at Sheddocksley, also against Grampian CC.

The survivors, Johnston and Lee were joined by debutant Alan Bruce, first game for 4 years Mike Blues, schoolboys Leston D’Costa, Raaja Monnapillai and Jason Alexander, with Sarav Rathinam, Naresh Kumar,  Sandeep Dhanamani completing the 10 player line up.

The soft pitch had the usual motor bike tyre mark at one end, on a length, (the bike owner obviously not a batsman, if CIS Sheddocksley are stuck for clues) and the boundary on one side was very short.

Once again the toss was won by a Blatter free FP’s, Grampian asked to bat first, and once again there was a howling gale blowing across the wicket which would prove tricky for the bowlers. It also proved tricky for the FP’s wind breaker and Grampians tented pavilion which both suffered damage and Young D’Costa had to be roped to Monnapillai during a particularly windy spell.

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FP’s 3rds bow out of Bowl in thriller

With only four players available from the previous match, FP’s 3rd XI had several debutants for the Johnston Rose Bowl 40 over Cup match against new team Grampian CC. Fortunately the 2nd XI did not have a game as numerous call offs left the 3rd XI short of bodies. The new to the 3rd XI players, braving life away from the grandeur of Rubislaw, were Magesh Devendran, Karthik Mohanan and Matt Barker. Joining them at Harlaw were John Lord, Kingshuk Ghosh, Rutwik Hedge, Doug Russell, Melvin Joy, Jim Lee, John Thomson and Ian Johnston.

The unbeaten run of tosses continued for FP’s as the captains chameleon coin continued confusing correct calling contending captains. As a result, FP’s decided to bat first on a bright but again very windy and chilly afternoon.

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Fighting draw for FP’s 3rds

Grammar FP’s 3rd XI to play Turriff at Harlaw was Ian Johnston, Sandeep Dhanamani, Kingshuk Ghosh, John Lord, James Lord, Rahul  Gopal, Agar Haider, Akil Thanga, Jason Alexander, John Thomson, a total of seven changes from the previous match.

There was a very strong wing blowing cross the wicket as the Turriff batsman walked out to bat, FP’s having won the toss. FP’s opening bowlers Thomson and Thanga both bowled well in the awkward conditions and the Turriff batsmen were unable to score a single boundary off the opening 10 overs, score 25 – 0. Thomson had bowled 5 – 3 – 2 – 0, accuracy personified while Thanga was very unlucky to also go wicketless in his 6 overs for 26, one over producing 2 Chinese cuts and a couple of difficult catches.

Schoolboys D’Costa and Alexander replaced the opener schoolboy Thanga and mature pupil Thomson but found the wind tricky at times. The first boundary came in the 15th over, but Alexander made the breakthrough in the 20th over when Thomson took a well judges catch at mid on to dismiss Lings for 38 (4 x 4), Turriff 67 – 1. Both bowlers were unlucky with LBW shouts and a couple of catches which just evaded the fielders. A combination of the strong cross wind and two left handed batsmen also a good test of their control.

Haider and Dhanamani came on to bowl and soon had to deal with a wet ball following a heavy shower which brought the teams off. Dhanamani took the second Turriff wicket thanks to a great reflex catch by Alexander at square leg who caught Chalmers one handed, Chalmers 27 (2 x 4), Turriff 129 – 2. Next ball Doss sliced a shot to mid wicket where D’Costa calmly took the catch, Turriff 129 – 3. Unfortunately Dhanamani was unable to emulate Mrs Dhanamani’s perfect delivery a couple of days earlier (a daughter, Madhu), and so the (possibly) once in a lifetime babies head wetting/hat trick was lost!

I. Smart was  hitting out whenever he could  and reached his 50 with a boundary. Turriff were looking to score quickly but Dhanamani found his own perfect delivery when he bowled D. Laing for 9 (1 x 4) Turriff 147 – 4 off 36 overs.

Smart was farming the bowling well and D. Laing  had contributed 5 runs to a stand of 39 when opening bowler Thanga finally took a well  deserved wicket, bowling Laing with a beauty, Turriff 186 – 5 off 41.5 overs.

New batsman F. Smart was too keen to keep his dad on strike and was run out backing up too far by a quick piece of thinking by Thomson who very calmly (too calmly for his teammates) took aim and threw down the stumps, 191 – 6. With the last ball of the 43rd over Thomson also took a well deserved wicket by bowling C. Duncan middle stump for 0.

Smart finished on a hard hit 73 n.o. (2 x 6, 8 x 4), Turriff totalling 191 – 7 off 43 overs.

Bowling figures for FP’s, Thomson 11-3-27-1, Thanga  8-0-35-1, D’Costa 6-0-27-0, Alexander 6-0-21-1, Haider 5-0-31-0, Dhanamani 7-0-45-3.

FP’s bowlers were troubled at times by the wind and wet ball but stuck to the task, having several good shouts for LBW, and were supported well in the field with Alexander again outstanding.

FP’s came out to bat with the wind even stronger then before and D. Laing took full advantage of the cross wind bowling from the Cromwell Road end. The first three huge inswinging deliveries were well kept out by John Lord, but the fourth ball saw Lord move too far across the line and he was bowled off his leg for a duck, FP’s 0-1. First ball of Laing’s next over saw Haider fatally go back and across his stumps and was given out LBW for 1, FP’s 5 – 2.

Kingshuk Ghosh and James Lord then dug in and played very mature cricket to get FP’s out of a potential heavy defeat, batting for 25 overs against good accurate bowling. Lord took full advantage of the first change of bowling when he played 3 majestic pull shots to the boundary off 4 balls in new bowler Doss’s first over, an excellent change from disciplined defence to attack.

The third wicket stand was eventually broken when Lord was bowled off his back foot by C. Duncan for 25 (5 x 4), FP’s 85 – 3 off 27.2 overs, the stand worth 80 runs.

Ghosh was again showing great concentration and determination and helped add a further 21 runs with Gopal  until being caught off opening bowler Lings for a well constructed innings of 34 (3 x 4), FP’s 106 – 4.

Turriff had recalled both opening bowlers in an attempt to break through, and it worked as both Dhanamani and Thanga were dismissed in quick succession without adding to the total of 107, FP’s 107 – 6 off 33 overs. This left 15 overs for FP’s to secure a draw, eight of which to be bowled by the openers.

But Gopal and schoolboy D’Costa batted with determination and survived nine overs until D’Costa was out to a good catch for 7, FP’s 124 – 7 off 41.4 overs.

Johnston joined Gopal in the middle and saw Gopal survive being bowled by I. Smart when the ball hit the off stump, but the bails instead off flying off, formed a pyramid over middle stump, with the ball flying off to the boundary for 4 runs. Gopal declined the advice given by one of the fielders to walk, but two balls later decided to play across a straight ball and was rightly given LBW for 18  (1 x 4), FP”s 134 – 8 off 45 overs.

Alexander and Johnston saw out the remaining overs, both 0 n.o. FP’s scoring 134 – 8 off 47 overs.

Top wicket takers for Turriff Laing 12-5-13-4, I. Smart 3-1-6-2.

FP’s were indebted to Ghosh and Lord for an excellent stand which at one stage might have given FP’s an outside chance of going for a victory. This was a good draw for FPs with everyone contributing and gaining valuable bowling and batting experience.

Man of the Match – Kingshuk again kept well and batted very well

Champagne Moment – Jason’s reflex catch





FP’s 3rd XI sunk by Siyapa

For the second week in a row, the temperature was due to be 8 deg (‘feels like 2 deg’), strong SE wind, but at least  this week, dry. The team selected for the FP’s 3rd XI expedition to Sheddocksley was Ian Johnston, Sandeep Dhanamani, Kingshuk Ghosh (wkt), James Lord, Rutwik Hegde, Rahul Gopal, Jason Alexander, Leston D’Costa, Akil Thanga, new man Agar Haida, John Thomson. Unfortunately, Sandeep phoned on Saturday morning to advise that his wife had gone into labour so with this being a very conservative club, he was promptly dropped. Continue reading