On Saturday 26th of September at 6:12 pm FP’s lifted the Aberdeenshire Grade 1 title for the 1st time in 75 Years, sending a message to the rest of the league that the times are changing and with a strong team ethic you can achieve anything.
A good crowd gathered to watch FPs clinch the title
Going into the game FP’s knew that after the dramatic events of Kellands Park the previous week they would only need 14 points to secure the league title but captain Swiergon insisted his team go for the kill and prove a point to the chasing pack.
On a sunny Saturday lunchtime after a Friday of rather heavy rain FP’s arrived at Inverurie for what was to be a hard fought win.
Arriving at 12:15 and being greeted by veteran spinner Jessiman cutting the wicket skipper Swiergon knew the pitch would have a big part to play in the days play. After consultation with ex-skipper Morrison and real-skipper Keith the decision was made that we should just win, losing the toss Inverurie decided to insert FP’s and in the absence of Morrison, Clelland opened the batting with Keith. Continue reading
FP’s moved swiftly past Mannofield to keep their title hopes alive on a sunny day at Rubislaw
After the highs of FP’s win against Bon Accord last weekend they knew that if they were to push Bon Accord all the way they will have to maintain their winning streak.
FP’s made a few changes due to post-match commitments and lined up Keith/Clelland/Steinson/Swiergon/Davey/Anand/Senthil/Herd/Mapplebeck/Knudson Sr/Thomson.
FPs just edged out Bon Accord in an enthralling game at Rubislaw. Alex Keith hit a fine 75 and was well supported by Eddie Steinson, Harry Mapplebeck and Karan Anand who all made 24. Anand keeping calm at the end to be unbeaten, along with Chris Clelland who made a priceless 8 not out. It means that FPs are now hot on the heels of the leaders in the Grade 1 title race. Earlier, the unlikely name of Eddie Steinson produced an inspired bowling spell with 3 wickets as Awan made 70 for the visitors.
FPs made light of a tricky surface at Ellon to rack up 267 for 9 before dismissing their hosts for just 58 in a highly one sided contest. A careful 33 from opener Clelland set a good platform for Eddie Steinson (64), Karan Anand (61) and Arul Senthil (32) to launch an assault on the change bowlers as FPs made a total way above what was realistically chase-able. Despite Ben Webb’s excellent 42, Ellon could only muster 58, with Harry Mapplebeck knocking over the top order (3-25) and Roland Knudson removing the middle order with 3 for 3.