The last game of the Grade 4 season for AGSFP’s 3rd XI saw Kemnay-Kintore 2nd XI visit Harlaw. Seven changes to the team beaten the previous week saw Johnston, Chaitu, Gopal, Hart, Satya, Gillies return and Tammus Whyte play his first game of the season, joining Sandeep, Ghosh, Shriram, Kiran Bhanu. Jim Lee, who in recent weeks had top scored with 45 and 52 not out (lazily made up of 13 x 4), was promoted to the 2nd XI.
KK won the toss and asked FP’s to bat on a dull but dry afternoon. Johnston and Ghosh opened the batting for FP’s but recent batting hero Ghosh was soon out without scoring playing down the wrong line to Gibbs and was bowled. Gibbs then hit Johnston’s leg stump, out for 3 and FP’s were 8 – 2 off 3.2 overs. Gopal got off the mark with a good shot off his legs for 4, but was next out LBW for 5.
Chaitu had looked comfortable but was given out LBW having scored a good 11 ( 1 x 4). Hart hit a lofted straight drive over Gibb’s head then timed a nice shot off his legs to the boundary, but was bowled by Soni for 10, FP’s 44 – 5 off 11.3 overs.
Satya soon edged behind off Gibbs and Shri was bowled for 1 as FP’s collapsed. Gillies was bowled for a duck by Soni, FP’s 53 – 8. Sandeep made 5 before Gibbs struck again and the biggest partnership of the innings helped save a bit of pride for FP’s when Kiran Bhanu and Whyte added an entertaining 35 in 6 overs. Whyte was unlucky to be brilliantly caught at mid-wicket having scored 12 ( 2 x 4) leaving Kiran Bhanu 15 n.o. (1 x 4). FP’s all out 97. Best bowling was J. Gibbs who bowled a great spell of 12 – 0 – 31 – 7, Soni took 2 – 23 and L. Thom 1 – 16.
A good tea was taken between innings and KK opened the batting with B. Thom and Fowlie. FP’s needed a quick breakthrough but KK had scored 24 before the 1st wicket fell, Thom LBW to Sandeep for 7 (1 x 4). The second wicket had added 32 runs when Bhanu had Coe well caught in the covers by Chaitu for 17 (2 x 4).
FP’s struck again when Gillies took a brilliant one handed catch at gully to dismiss Turner off Sandeep for 0, KK 62 – 3. A great bit of fielding by Gopal saw Fowlie run out for 26 (3 x 4) and West was then bowled by Sandeep for 5 and when Cole was bowled by Kiran Bhanu, FP’s had brought themselves back into the game with KK at 74 – 6.
However batsmen Reeve J and Reeve D countered attacked well and soon knocked off the required runs ending 12 and 13 n.o respectively to see KK home by 4 wickets. Wicket takers for FP’s Sandeep 3 – 32, Kiran Bhanu 2 – 47.
Not a great end to the season for FP’s, too many batsmen playing poor shots partly due to a lack of match practice for many.
There was a good fight back which quietened KK for a while, but the FP’s total was just not good enough.
Champagne Moment – Gillies one handed catch
Man of the Match – Kiran Bhanu’s good all round performance, top scorer and top wicket taker for FP’s