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.
Number 11 John Thomson top scored with 30 not out and took the winning wicket as FPs won a compelling game at Inverurie. FPs looked dead and buried at 73 for 9 but Chris Clelland (26no) at 9 and last man Thomson combined to add an unbeaten 58 to lift FPs to 131 for 9. Prash then bowled a fantastic spell to take 5 for 19 as FPs turned the game round to win by 21 runs. Continue reading →
FPs title hopes were all but ended as they crumbled to a 30 run defeat to Knightriders at Groats Road. Having bowled well, FPs let the initiative slip as they allowed Knightriders to make 151 for 8 and then batted poorly on a tricky wicket, being bowled out in the final over, only Karan Anand 38 and Rob Swiergon making any impact.
For Knightriders, Tenneti batted well to make 49 with Prash claiming 2 wickets for FPs. There were also 4 run outs as FPs fielded well in the most part. 5 wickets for Vijayraj meant that Knightriders pushed FPs behind the rate and ultimately claimed a deserved victory.
With the title now out of grasp, FPs face Inverurie away on Saturday in a battle to claim 2nd spot. They will have to do it without a string of players including Anand, Senthil and Herd who are either injured or unavailable, but it sure to be a good contest.
Man of The Match
Prash bowled well against his previous side.
The number of run outs – proper village fare…
Harry Mapplebeck was the FPs hero as he top scored with 36 and claimed 3 for 18 as FPs won a tight contest at Ellon by 3 runs. Having been dismissed for an under par 144 on a challenging wicket, FPs bowled and fielded superbly to turn the tables and claim a vital win and move back up to 2nd in the league. Karan Anand also took 3 wickets including bowling Middleton to seal the match, Ellon perhaps regretting turning down a number of singles as the match reached it’s conclusion.
Weather again put paid to cricket on Saturday as 1s game at Cults was rained off, the 4th rained off game against Cults this season. 2s were awarded a walkover by Stonehaven which boosted their league position. There was at least some cricket on the Sunday as the 3rd XI lost by 80 runs to Mannofeild in the development league.
There is a lot of cricket planned this week with the development team in action on Tuesday against Gordonians at Rubislaw before the 7s on Wednesday as FPs take on Knightriders and Inverurie. It is then back to league business for 1s against Gordonians at Countesswells with the 2nds having a free league week. However 2s do have a big game on Sunday as they tackle Methlick in the cup semi final.
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