FPs defeated Grampian by 5 wickets on a very tricky pitch at Sheddocksley. Chasing 180 for victory, the innings was marshaled by a fine rear guard effort from Geoff Morrison who carried his bat for 49 not out. He and Alex Keith put on 89 for the 1st wicket as Keith struck 55, before Morrison dug in to see FPs home. FPs were fairly unfortunate with the ball after a good start, Prash claiming 3 for 17, but the wickets were shared around.
1st XI v Grampian (A)
Meet 12.15 at Sheddocksley
K Anand (c)
G Morrison (w)
2nd XI v Methlick (H)
Meet 12.15 at Rubislaw
I Johnston (c)
FPs won their opening game versus Knightriders in the 7s amassing 102 in their 36 balls, Karan Anand making 35 not out, Alex Keith 18, Ranald Wilkie 19 and Sam Knudson 20. Douglas Russell then produced an outstanding over of slow medium pace to knock over Siva and Vaduganathan claiming 2 for 12. Some excellent all round bowling and fielding meant FPs won comfortably by 28 runs.
The 2nd game, effectively the semi final was abandoned in very unfortunate circumstances. FPs were batting and had reached 78 for 0 when Karan Anand launched the penultimate ball high towards long off. Abrar making great ground to superbly catch it one handed but while moving at speed he collided with Kache who was also running at speed. The sickening collision left both players badly injured and both had to be taken from the field by ambulance. The game was rightly abandoned and FPs wish both players their best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
FPs exited the Turriff Cup to Knightriders at a gloomy Groats Road on Tuesday evening. Despite a very good start with Mapplebeck and Poosappadi striking early, Knightriders made 156 for 8 thanks to 56 from Siva. Herd claimed two wickets for 25 with a good spell of offspin but FPs were always facing a tough chase. A slow start combined with 3 very quiet middle overs meant FPs fell behind the rate and lost wickets as they tried to up it, with only Karan Anand 56 and Eddie Steinson 28 making noteworthy scores.
FPs play in the 7s on Wednesday but are without many key players due to a certain stag party….
Meet 17.30 at Rubislaw
Matches starts 18.00 v Knightriders
K Anand (c)
Followed by 19.30 v Crescent
Finals at 20.15