Category Archives: 2nd XI Match Reports

Grenades Keep Their Powder Dry

11 June 2016 – The Grammar Grenades faced table toppers Inverurie at Kellands Park on Saturday. The team lined up M Barker (c), C Clelland (w), J Eagles, G Morrison, S Ismail, P McDonald, R Monnapillai, D Russell, G Stuart, J Waldron, K Whyte. Morrison a last minute addition in place of Garratt who bolstered the ranks of the 3rd XI at Turriff.

The weather was wet and miserable but with the wicket remaining firm, and the outfield not too soggy, both teams agreed to make a go of it.

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Grenades Fizzle Out

Saturday June 4 – The Grammar Grenades (FP 2nd XI) lined up against Fraserburgh in Grade II hopeful of adding another victory to their tally of 3 this season in the Grades. They lined up M Barker (c), C Clelland (w), S Ismail, Jo Lord, B Manogna, P McDonald, R Monnapillai, S Mountain, A Senthil, G Stuart, K Whyte.

Captain Barker lost the toss and the Grenades were put in to bat, not a bad outcome given the strength and depth of the line-up. Things started comfortably enough with openers Lord and Clelland adding runs without being unduly troubled. Unfortunately some accurate bowling and solid catching in the field strangled progress and a middle order failure, yet again, left FP’s with a below-par total of 144 a.o. FP’s yet again failed to bat out all the allotted overs and only P McDonald 23 and S Mountain 22 showed any real intent. Pick of the bowlers for Fraserburgh were P Chinta 4-39 and R Duthie 3-28.

Having defended lower totals this season, the Grenades felt relatively confident as they went to the field. The early wicket did come but unfortunately a series of dropped catches, some easier than others, and some slightly fortunate batting at times, got Fraserburgh over the line for the loss of 6 wickets. C Bowie did the damage for the Broch scoring 71, ably supported by his Brother L Bowie with 24. For the Grenades B Manogna continued his excellent form this season taking 2-16 and G Stuart made a welcome return to action with 2-21. With a flurry of wickets late on in the Fraserburgh innings, it looked as though an extra 20-30 runs would have really put them in trouble.

Next week Grades opponents are the high-scoring and table topping Inverurie at Kellands Park.

Grenades Explode in the Cup

On Saturday 28 May FP’s 2nd XI, colloquially known as the Grenades, faced a slightly weakened Queens Cross – Stoneywood Dyce team at Rubislaw in the Bon Accord Cup. The team sheet read M Barker (c), K Whyte, C Clelland (w), J Eagles, R Hegde, Jo Lord, P McDonald, B Manogna, F Mehmood, R Monnapillai, B Joseph.

Winning the toss, Barker chose to bat first, and openers Lord and Clelland took to the middle. Stately progress was made until the drinks break at 20 overs with the score at 56/1. Lord had been the only wicket to fall and with the Captain’s endorsement, Clelland and new batsman Hegde went into full 20/20 mode, moving the score along apace with some fruity boundaries.

Hegde and Clelland eventually gave up their wickets but not before scoring 35 and 52 respectively. Paul Mac also chipped in with a lively 25 before unfortunately missing a cheeky daisy cutter from Taylor. Frustratingly, as in a few recent games, the FP’s middle order went a bit missing and they stumbled rather than strode to a total of 159, failing to make use of all the overs, with the last wicket falling in the 37th. Of the final 7 batsmen, only Manogna made it into double figures.

For QX-SD best bowling figures went to Rosie with 5-44.

Despite having slightly under performed with the bat, FP’s still felt they would have enough bowling to defend the total. Resident bookie Eagles was refusing to give odds on an FP’s win, such was his confidence in a positive outcome.

Despite some positive innings from Chowdry (52), Akhtar (18) and Rosie (15), Eagles was to be proved right and QX-SD succumbed to FP’s pressure, being all out for 130 in the 38th over. Pick of the bowlers were Whyte with 3-22 and Eagles with 3-50, although Manogna was very unlucky not to take a wicket, bowling as he did with pace and discipline. FP’s fielding was much improved with catches sticking and a couple of run outs into the bargain.

Man of the Match – C Clelland, for a fine knock.
Champagne Moment – Mehmood’s running catch to dismiss danger man Butt.

2nd FP’s Take the Balmoral High Ground

On Saturday 14 May 2nd FP’s travelled to the historic and surprisingly sunlit surroundings of the Balmoral Estate. The team lined up Barker (C), Whyte (VC), Mehmood, Siva, Mountain, Clelland (W), Lord, Eagles, Manogna, Knudson R., Garratt.

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2nd’s Undone by KKCC

FP’s 2nd XI met Kemnay Kintore at Rubislaw on Saturday 7 May 2016. This was the 2nd’s first home fixture of the season against a newly promoted and ambitious KKCC.

Losing the toss, FP’s were put in to bat against a strong bowling attack who extracted pace and bounce from the Rubislaw astro track. Few of the top order made a significant contribution, Barker top scoring¬†with 21 hard fought runs. Lower down the order a late rearguard action from Mehmood helped FP’s to a total of 94 a.o. Pick of the bowlers for KKCC were Fyffe with figures of 5-14 and Mirashi who took 3-19.

Defending a low total, FP’s were always going to struggle but went about their task with determination and enthusiasm. A few catches went down which didn’t help matters, but KKCC always looked like having enough at the top of the order to take them over the line. They achieved the required amount¬†for the loss of one wicket, taken by Siva who deserved more from his devilish session of spin. Top scorers for KKCC were J Thom with 40no and Kola with 30no.

FP’s travel to the historic surroundings of the Balmoral Estate next weekend, where they will meet Crathie, the other newly promoted team in Grade 2.