Social Media favourite Callum Herd produced a fine all round showing
Callum Herd is a man who does not like to end a night early, but some late hitting ensured FPs chased down the tough task of 227 earlier than expected, with 3 overs to spare. He had earlier slowed a Knightriders juggernaut that had threatened to post well in excess of 300 with some crafty off spin and was badly let down by some dreadful catching, keeper Morrison producing one of the worst drops you’ll see in many years. Herd then built on som
Herd is congratulated after a catch was finally held off his bowling
e good batting by Keith 79 and Morrison 40 who put on 83 for the 1st wicket, to smash 34 in 20 balls to lead FPs to the brink of the win, which Senthil completed in fine style. Earlier for Knightriders Mahan made a fine 86 and Vijay an excellent 76 in a stand of 150.
Morrison struck an important 39
FPs recorded their 2nd win of the season in a bad tempered encounter as the Allan Park welcomed cricket back to Cults. After FPs made just 122, Cults looked well set to record a comfortable win, but the combination of some excellent pace bowling, good fielding and a sporting pitch ensured it was FPs who won by 51 runs as they dismantled Cults for just 71. Karan Anand (3-5) grabbed the headlines with a stunning hat trick to seal the win, but he was well supported by Sajid Hammed (3-19) and by openers Rob Rutnam (2-28) and Harry Mapplebeck (1-13). There was little to note with the bat for FPs with only Geoff Morrison (39) and Rob Swiergon (16) making an impression but at least sharing a vital stand of 54.
Sam Knudson picked up 3 wickets
FPs cruised to a comfortable 8 wicket win against Crescent as the 2017 season kicked off on a cold day at Rubislaw. FPs were always in control having reduced their opponents to 22 for 5 within the 1st ten overs, before eventually dismissing them for 85. The wickets shared round with Karan Anand 3 for 11 and Sam Knudson 3 for 24 doing the bulk of the damage. FPs had an early scare when they lost Alex Keith in the 1st over of the reply but Geoff Morrison (13 not out) steadied the ship and aggressive innings by Rob Swiergon (25) and Karan Anand (40 not out) led FPs to victory with 25 overs to spare.
After the success of the inaugural Aberdeen Indoor Premier League (AIPL), FPs were invited to join the 2nd season and recently opened their campaign with a win and a loss. Having been well beaten by a strong Royal Challengers Rubislaw team, boasting FPs player Rob Swiergon (already contracted to RCR), FPs found their feet in the 2nd game defeating last year’s champs, the Indi Dons by 29 runs.
Karan Anand was the only player to make runs against RCR but in the 2nd game against IndiDons, Anand with 33 was well supported by Nattrass with 21 and D’Costa with 29 in making 101 in FPs’ 8 overs.
Dangerman Alex Keith (another FPs player rostered to another franchise) was superbly run out early before a string of stumpings, catches and run outs from keeper Morrison ensured FPs cruised to victory. Agha Haider’s leg spin, Thomson’s accuracy and Manonga’s swing causing many problems.
FPs next games are on Sunday 20th November against Grampian Strikers and then later in the day against Ball Smashers.
FPs line-up Morrison (c) (w), Anand, D’Costa, S Knudson, Manonga, Haider, Nattrass, Thomson.
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