Category Archives: 1st XI Match Reports

FPs put in spirited performance but fall to defeat in season curtain closer

Despite a strong showing with bat and ball, an already relegated FPs eventually closed out a disappointing Grade One season with a narrow loss away to Cults.
Inspired by a sterling 71 from Rob Swiergon in his last game as skipper, FPs mustered a competitive 205 all out, aided by an uncharacteristically playable Allan Park wicket and the impartiality of having a qualified umpire.

Good opening spells from all-rounders Poosappadi and Sood kept a lid on Cults’ batting, and at the half way stage they were well behind the eight ball.
But a quick-fire 53 from Singh put the home side back on track, before Ajazi and Shehman finished the job with three overs remaining.

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Cresent Chase down FPs at the Beach

FPs fell to another loss but on another day may well have been victors mainly due to dropped catches but also in part to some close decisions not falling their way. Having racked up 210 for 9, thanks to 38 from Rob Swiergon and 31 from Geoff Morrison, FPs struck in the opening over Govind claiming a brilliant catch but FPs were rather languorous in the field as key chances were dropped as Crescent closed out a 5 wicket win. There was some good news as FPs learned that the stumping rule was still in force after all this season, Morrison finally awarded one after many ‘close’ calls this season. Continue reading

FPs well beaten by Gordos

FPs fell to an 8 wicket loss as what had at one point appeared a very encouraging afternoon ended up in a familiar outcome at Harlaw as FPs moved over the wall to assist Rugby. FPs having batted 1st made 200 for 7, which was well below par considering FPs put on 101 for the 1st wicket, in 17 overs. A swashbuckling innings from Alex Keith of 73 from 77 and 42 from 50 from Mike Nattrass initially appearing to put FPs on course for a score of around 280. However some canny slow bowling slowed FPs progress and they ended on just 200. An early wicket gave FPs hope, but an excellent 94 from Mohit Khosla ensured Gordonians were comfortable winners, a number of dropped catches and short bowling costing FPs. Continue reading

Lack of Runs costs FPs

Mapplebeck took 2 wickets

FPs difficult season continued as they lost by 4 wickets against Inverurie despite a determined display at Rubislaw. Having made 160 all out, it was always a tough ask for the bowlers but despite a strong start, dropped catches and marginal calls did not help FPs as Inverurie edged to a vital win. Only Aman Sood with 41, Alex Keith 32 and Harry Mapplebeck 27 threatened with the bat but no stand of significance meant the batting never really got going. Harry Mapplebeck bowled a fiery opening spell taking 2 for 21 in his 8 overs and Aman Sood picked up 3 for 46, but 44 from Fraser Lawrance and 38 from Jordan Thom helped Inverurie to their target.

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FPs slump to Mannofield loss

Harry Mapplebeck returned to the fold

FPs batting stumbled and collapsed again as they could only muster 107 all out with no one making 20. FPs had brief hope as they struck twice early to reduce Mannofield to 7 for 2, but a good stand between John Dickinson (51) and Rutwik Hegde (28) of 77 helped Mannofield close out a comfortable win. Continue reading