Many thanks for all the messages of support that we have received in the last 48 hours following our league triumph. We have received messages from many former players, many past opponents and from many current opponents and local cricket supporters.
We have done our utmost to respond to everyone individually, but it is always a challenge given all the various mediums. But if we have missed you – we do appreciate your support.
We congratulate Bon Accord on yet another triumph, both they and Knightriders were formidable opponents throughout the season and it took all we had to keep them at bay in the league.
Finally, the team wish to thank those who came to support on Saturday and everyone that took the time to support us throughout the season. We look forward to welcoming you all back next season.
FPs have won grade won for the 1st time in 75 years, in an outcome few would have predicted back in April. Requiring 14 points to be sure of the title, they made 174 for 9 thanks to 48 from skipper Rob Swiergon and 55 from Karan Anand. Youngster Leston D’Costa also batting superbly for 32 overs to anchor the innings. This meant FPs had 9 points and when stalwart Roland Knudson claimed the 5th wicket, FPs were champions. FPs eventually closed out a huge victory as Kemnay Kintore were dismissed for 51, Karan Anand claiming 5 wickets.
It has been a tremendous team and squad effort during the season, with every one of the 19 players who turned out in grade 1 this season contributing to a magnificent achievement.
There was no chance of play on a wet Saturday
After persistent heavy rain overnight, the rain continued all morning on Saturday meaning all 3 games were wiped out for FPs along with most sides in Scotland. It was a bitter blow as after some really hard work to source players after 2 scratchings, 3rds were set to complete their 1st game of the season against 2nd Kemnay Kintore. 1sts clash with bottom of the table Ellon was called off as was 2nds away clash with 2nd Grampian.
With the weather looking better for Sunday, the Rubislaw XI should start their league campaign after previous postponements with a game at home to Gordonians.
Next Saturday, cricket may well take a back seat for a number of the long established clubs and players due to a certain game in Glasgow, but not with standing FPs have 3 Saturday fixtures, 1sts at Bon Accord, 2nds at home to Stonehaven and 3rds are scheduled to travel to 2nd Stonehaven.
The following day 1sts host Edinburgh Accies in the CS Challenge Cup, the trophy brought in to replace the Small Clubs Cup which FPs won so magnificently in 2016.
Running a cricket club doesn’t get any cheaper and we need to look at every opportunity to bring in additional funds. The Committee are currently looking at options to improve our outdoor practice facilities and any sponsorship which we can find will help out enormously.
We have opportunities to suit any pocket; individuals or corporate:
- Matchball Sponsorship @ £25 per game: You or your company will be mentioned on the website fixture list and match report with a weblink as well as promotion on our Twitter and Facebook accounts
- Website Advertising @ £100 for 12 months: A banner or large button advertisement which will run for a year on our popular website
- Club Sponsorship: We would be happy to discuss options for any individual or company who would like to sponsor the club or make a significant donation, which could include our playing kit, equipment and facilities at Rubislaw or Junior development.
If you, your company or anyone else that you know would be interested in anything from a single matchball sponsorship to a tailored sponsorship deal then please contact Chris Clelland by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our outdoor nets are (just about) ready and the first session is this evening (Thursday 20th April). We start at 6pm and will run until around 8pm. Please try and be there as close to 6pm as you can.
Nets continue next Tuesday and Thursday.