Despite a strong showing with bat and ball, an already relegated FPs eventually closed out a disappointing Grade One season with a narrow loss away to Cults.
Inspired by a sterling 71 from Rob Swiergon in his last game as skipper, FPs mustered a competitive 205 all out, aided by an uncharacteristically playable Allan Park wicket and the impartiality of having a qualified umpire.
Good opening spells from all-rounders Poosappadi and Sood kept a lid on Cults’ batting, and at the half way stage they were well behind the eight ball.
But a quick-fire 53 from Singh put the home side back on track, before Ajazi and Shehman finished the job with three overs remaining.
FPs fell to another loss but on another day may well have been victors mainly due to dropped catches but also in part to some close decisions not falling their way. Having racked up 210 for 9, thanks to 38 from Rob Swiergon and 31 from Geoff Morrison, FPs struck in the opening over Govind claiming a brilliant catch but FPs were rather languorous in the field as key chances were dropped as Crescent closed out a 5 wicket win. There was some good news as FPs learned that the stumping rule was still in force after all this season, Morrison finally awarded one after many ‘close’ calls this season. Continue reading
FPs fell to an 8 wicket loss as what had at one point appeared a very encouraging afternoon ended up in a familiar outcome at Harlaw as FPs moved over the wall to assist Rugby. FPs having batted 1st made 200 for 7, which was well below par considering FPs put on 101 for the 1st wicket, in 17 overs. A swashbuckling innings from Alex Keith of 73 from 77 and 42 from 50 from Mike Nattrass initially appearing to put FPs on course for a score of around 280. However some canny slow bowling slowed FPs progress and they ended on just 200. An early wicket gave FPs hope, but an excellent 94 from Mohit Khosla ensured Gordonians were comfortable winners, a number of dropped catches and short bowling costing FPs. Continue reading