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Mapplebeck Blitz Carries FPs to Cup Final

Mapplebeck claimed 5 wickets

Harry Mapplebeck’s brilliant spell of pace bowling ensured FPs made the Aberdeenshire Cup Final in fine style as they blew Mannofield away for just 76 for a 133 run winning margin. Mapplebeck took 5 for 37 as he continuously sent stumps cartwheeling bowling 4 and having key man Yahathugoda LBW in a match defining effort. FPs showed great intensity in the field as all bowlers chipped in, Prash producing the ball of the day to trim Callum Martin’s bails during a great opening spell. Earlier Eddie Steinson struck an excellent 61 to help FPs to a competive 209 for 8 from their 40 overs. Continue reading

Block Party Top the bill at Kemnay

Morrison blocked his way to 49

Geoff Morrison’s powers of concentration ensured FPs took the spoils on a tricky deck at Kemnay as he battled for 121 balls and 134 minutes over his 49 as he blocked Academy into submission. It was not an innings for the purist, that contained just 3 fours and 1 six but it was effective and it set things up for Karan Anand to smash 22 not out from 12 to see FPs home by 4 wickets. Academy had set a competitive 168 all out, worth many more due to the long grass, Mark Forbes taking 3 for 25, but FPs chased it down with 8 overs to spare. Continue reading

FPs see off Grampian

Morrison batted carefully to carry his bat

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.

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Injury Ends 7s

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 out of 2020

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….