With club stalwart Chris Clelland confirming that he will be leaving Aberdeen on the 27th of March, we will be welcoming all to the club on Saturday 21st of March to say one more thanks to him for all of his hard work and to wish him and his family well in their future endeavors. We will be gathering at 1730 in the main bar of the Grammar Former Pupils’ Club.
We’re sure that Chris would appreciate seeing anyone there that can make it, and if anyone wishes to get in touch please feel free to let us know so we can pass on your goodwill.
Hopefully, most of us are also aware of the immense impact he has had on our club over a span touching on 30 years, both as a player and committee member, most recently fulfilling the roles of Secretary and Treasurer. This has been alongside acting as Secretary for the FP Club Centre.
With his name always in the running for the “Clubman of the Year” award in recent seasons, it is further testament to the work he has put in t
o ensure we are able to play cricket each summer, including acting as
fixer to get games on, mediator between captains/vices/players over selection matters and one for a reliable drinks order when back at the club – export sales will no doubt be hit hard!
The 1st XI fixtures for 2020 have been announced, FPs will have the 1st week of the season off and start on the 2nd of May away to Knightriders. The 2nd XI and Sunday fixtures will be published once we have them.
1st XI Fixtures
2nd Knightriders (A)
9th Crescent (H)
10th Kelso (A) – CS Challenge Cup 1st Round
16th Bon Accord (A)
23rd Inverurie (H)
24th Galloway or Comrie (A) – CS Challenge Cup 2nd Round*
30th Aberdeen Super Kings (A)
6th Cults (A)
14th CS Challenge Cup Quarter Final*
20th Gordonians (H)
27th Siyapa (H)
28th CS Challenge Cup Semi-Final*
4th Knightriders (H)
5th Grampian (H) – Aberdeenshire Cup Quarter Final
11th Inverurie (A)
18th Bon Accord (H)
25th Crescent (A)
26th Aberdeen Super Kings or Crescent – Aberdeenshire Cup Semi-Final*
1st Grampian (A)
8th Aberdeen Super Kings (A)
9th CS Challenge Cup Final*
15th Siyapa (A)
22nd Gordonians (A)
23rd Aberdeenshire Cup Final*
29th Cults (H)
* Fixtures marked with an asterisk are contingent on success in earlier rounds.
Despite the poor weather, the new season is only 2 months away and once again FPs will be running 3 teams. They will be in Grade 1, Grade 2 and the Sunday development league. Following on from the AGM, Rob Swiergon once again leads the 1st team and will be assisted by Prash. Aman Sood will captain the 2nd XI and Paul Norwood continues as the Sunday captain.
Looking back at 2019, Karan Anand again dominated the awards, winning 6 trophies, cleaning up the batting trophies with 545 runs at 54.5 and the bowling trophies taking 27 wickets at 12.6. He also won the club fielding trophy with 8 catches and a run out. He will be sure to be looking to defend them all in 2020!
The 2nd XI batting (Proctor Cup) was won by Aman Sood with 324 runs at 24.9 and veteran spinner Roland Knudson won the Hopkin bowling cup taking 17 wickets at 18.9. He also scooped man of the match in the Bon Accord Cup Final. Aman added 16 wickets at 20.9 to his batting to claim the 2nd XI all rounder.
Pete Macklin was the top batter in the 3rd XI and Callum Herd nipped into win the bowling prize from his couple of appearances! Qasim Farhan was named young player of the year after an encouraging season.
The departing Chris Clelland will have some nice trophies for his new guest house, deservedly winning The Sandy Davidson Memorial Trophy for his outstanding contribution not just in 2019 but for many years previous. He was also voted by his fellow players as Clubman of the year and fittingly won the Doug Moir Trophy for Champagne moment of the season for his match wining 6 in his final game against Crescent.
With 2019, behind us, FPs look forward to 2020 and have already received the cup draws. In the CS Challenge Cup, we face a lengthy and rather tricky away trip to ESCA Championship team Kelso on the 10th of May. In the Aberdeenshire Cup, we have a bye in the 1st round and then face Grampian on 5th July at Rubislaw and if successful would face ASK or Crescent at Rubislaw in the semi final on 26th July.
The 2nd XI have been grouped with Fraserburgh, Stoneywood Dyce and Mannofield as they bid to defend the Bon Accord Cup.
Outdoor nets will commence in mid April and anyone keen to attend should get in touch.
Chris Clelland a true club icon bowed out in style.
Chris Clelland bowed out in spectacular style as he once again got FPs over the line to secure a 2nd placed finish. Over his 26 seasons at the club he has been famed as a traditional finisher and he did it again before waving goodbye as he heads south to start a new venture. More renowned as a deflector and nudger, with a quick running style, he saved his best for last launching a six over square leg to win the game by one wicket. FPs had done their best to lose a game that should have easily been won, but Clelland hit a 4 and that 6 to make sure the season and his FP career ended on a high. Skipper Swiergon hit an excellent 70 as FPs eventually chased 185 for victory. Crescent well represented by openers Thangaraj with 52 and Quereshi with 41, ahead of Hamid claiming 5 wickets did their best but a last wicket stand of 12 got FPs home. Karan Anand ended the leagues leading scorer with 504 runs.
Man of The Match
Rob Swiergon controlled the chase with 70 before being the plumbest LBW of the season.
Clelland’s winning 6. A fitting end to a man that will need about 4 to replace for all the work he does for the club.
Man of the Match Roland Knudson rolled back the years with a spell of 4 for 6 as the 2nd XI claimed the Bon Accord Cup in fine style at Peoples Park, stunning favourites and league leaders Siyapa. Having posted a very competitive 136 for 8 from 20 overs, Rajaa Monnapillai and Ranald Wilkie ripped through the top order to reduce Siyapa to 8 for 4 in the 3rd over, before Knudson took over claiming a triple wicket maiden as Siyapa were bundled out for just 68. Sean Harrower took the final wicket(2/13) as FPs straight bowling lead to a string of batsmen being bowled or LBW.
With the bat for FPs, there were contributions throughout without anyone making a big score. Clelland 23, Gubbala’s 19 and various double figure contributions from others, as well as 21 extras meant it was a good all round showing from the team.
We run three elevens in the local Aberdeenshire Grades and play our home games at Rubislaw on Harlaw Road.
We're always on the look out for new talent (of all levels!). If you're interested in playing then fill in the contact form or come along to our regular practice sessions at Rubislaw on Thursday evenings, from 6pm onwards.