Yet again this season rain put paid to cricket as both 1s and 2s were unable to get any play at home to Cults or away to Stonehaven. After 1s lost a bowl off on Thursday to go out of the cup, 2s at least did win their bowl off, by a margin of 2-1, Sean Harrower and Kapil Bali with the hits.
With Freuchie scratching in the CS Challenge Cup on Sunday, FPs have another weekend with no cricket but at least are through to play Huntly at home 2 weeks on Sunday.
Hopefully next weekend will see some better weather.
Mahesh Challa came to FPs rescue as he struck 44 batting at number 9 to lift FPs to an improbable 202 for 9. Harry Mapplebck made a very patient 28 to hold things together after FPs had faltered to 52 for 5 and 101 for 6 with only Rob Swiergon (37) making a contribution in the top order. Challa batting at 9, rode his luck but tried to block the good balls and attacked anything in his zone hitting 3 huge sixes. He then nipped in with a key wicket as FPs bowled out a determined Ellon for 170 despite a poor day in the field where many chances went down. Top bowlers were Callum Herd (2/29) and Karan Anand (3/38), for the visitors Rich Greenfield took an excellent 5 for. Continue reading →
In a week where a heist at Hatton Garden dominated TV ratings, FPs pulled off a heist of their own in rather wetter circumstances. They secured an unlikely victory by 9 runs by rain calculator against Knigtriders to maintain their 100% record. Chasing just 186 for victory, FPs were deep in the mire at 23 for 4 but an unbroken stand of 106 between Harry Mapplebeck (38*) and Karan Anand (54*) pushed FPs ahead of the par score when the rain became too heavy for the match to continue. If Mapplebeck was the eager runner then Anand was the mastermind behind the plot, correctly deciding that the risk of trying to get the score high enough at the 20 over cut off was too high and rightly gambled that the game would last past the 20 over mark as the rain had relented. He only decided to gamble when it started to get wetter and he blasted 2 sixes in 2 balls to push FPs ahead and then played carefully to ensure they stayed there, knowing a lost wicket would put them behind. Umpire Tariq did a great job to keep the game going as long as it did but ultimately, despite frustration for all players and the official it just became too wet.
Knightriders may well regret throwing away a strong start having been 81 for 1 in 10 overs, only to lose wickets in the middle overs to Callum Herd (2/39) and Jophn Thomson (2/27), losing all momentum to then succumb to 185 all out. Having then had FPs 23/4 they spread the field which allowed Mapplebeck and Anand to bat risk free to set a platform to push the rate up later. Overall though it was a very competitive game between 2 determined sides. Continue reading →
Heavy rain overnight which continued for most of the day meant there was no chance of play at either Rubislaw or Methlick today. While FPs have been lucky so far managing to complete all 3 games previously in dubious conditions at times, this represented the 3rd week out of 4 for some sides with no cricket. With games on Saturday and Sunday next week, all sides will be hoping for improvement in the weather. 1sts take on Knightriders at home on Saturday and then face Cults away in the cup on Sunday. 2nds have a free Saturday and take on Stonehaven in the cup on Sunday.
2nds kept up their great start to the 2019 season with a 3rd win from 3 as they continued to vanquish memories of 2018’s tricky campaign. Skipper Aman Sood was again to the fore hitting 72 of FPs 230 for 7 but was well supported by Ian Johnston (21) in a 101 run stand for the 3rd wicket. Elia Gubbala also made 27 and Mahesh Challa 23. The score was further boosted by 48 extras including 36 wides.
With the ball Mahesh Challa gave a nudge to the selectors with his 10 overs garnering him 3 for 25. Amand Sood and Sean Harrower both chipped in with 2 wickets, while Gubbala, Roland Knudson and Paul Norwood each took 1. FPs were well in charge when 2nd Knightriders slipped to 122 for 9, but a last wicket stand of 79 lifted the away side to 201 all out, thanks to 62 from Jaggavarapu and 32 not out from last man Tewari.
Chris Clelland continued his quest for the wicket keeping prize with another 3 victims in the 29 run win. Next up is a tricky away game at Methlick for FPs.
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