Steinson made an important 43
FPs held their nerve to record another victory, this time against Stoneywood Dyce. A strong fielding display and a disciplined effort with the ball meant FPs were able to restrict Stoneywood to 167 for 7 in their 45 overs and despite a less than brilliant batting display FPs eased home by 2 wickets in a fairly forgettable encounter, Eddie Steinson making an important 43. Continue reading
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
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
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.
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.