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.
FPs are delighted to today confirm that they have reached deal with the local council to buy the Duthie Park and erect a 25,000 all seater cricket stadium on the site. The deal will mainly be financed by the independently wealthy Gary DW Stuart and is the culmination of a dream born many years ago. There will be something for everyone in the new stadium, with a ladies only area know as the Mapplebeck enclosure, the 6 hitting Johnston Zone, for the best view of the maximums and the less magnificent but no less important Morrison Cover Drive Stand situated at the side of the stadium.
The Buchan youth development area will be sure to be a popular haunt for would be spotters of talent from other clubs. The trophy cabinet is expected to be relocated to the new arena, although this part of the development will be rather smaller than Stuart’s grandiose stadium plans.
Commenting from his cruise ship, Mr Stuart remarked that he had “been delighted to have avoided most of the planning rules in place by hiring his own well paid lawyers and is thrilled that the NotoDuthie pressure group have been silenced”. He refused to comment on if he would be a hands on owner sharing tips on legside wide bowling or not. Club Stalwart Roland Knudson confirmed he has been engaged in a 20 year deal to supply scones to the new arena and will also continue to buy all patrons beer regardless if it is his round or not.
Indoor nets continue this Wednesday at the Grammar Gym. All welcome, please be there for the 8pm start, we have the hall booked for 2 hours.