FPs Pull Off Rain Heist

Karan judged things perfectly

In a week where a heist at Hatton Garden dominated TV ratings, FPs pulled off a heist of their own in rather wetter circumstances. They secured an unlikely victory by 9 runs by rain calculator against Knigtriders to maintain their 100% record. Chasing just 186 for victory, FPs were deep in the mire at 23 for 4 but an unbroken stand of 106 between Harry Mapplebeck (38*) and Karan Anand (54*) pushed FPs ahead of the par score when the rain became too heavy for the match to continue. If Mapplebeck was the eager runner then Anand was the mastermind behind the plot, correctly deciding that the risk of trying to get the score high enough at the 20 over cut off was too high and rightly gambled that the game would last past the 20 over mark as the rain had relented. He only decided to gamble when it started to get wetter and he blasted 2 sixes in 2 balls to push FPs ahead and then played carefully to ensure they stayed there, knowing a lost wicket would put them behind. Umpire Tariq did a great job to keep the game going as long as it did but ultimately, despite frustration for all players and the official it just became too wet.

Knightriders may well regret throwing away a strong start having been 81 for 1 in 10 overs, only to lose wickets in the middle overs to Callum Herd (2/39) and Jophn Thomson (2/27), losing all momentum to then succumb to 185 all out. Having then had FPs 23/4 they spread the field which allowed Mapplebeck and Anand to bat risk free to set a platform to push the rate up later. Overall though it was a very competitive game between 2 determined sides. Continue reading

Teams for 25th and 26th May

Saturday – 1st XI v Knight Riders (H)

Meet 12.15 at Rubislaw

R Swiergon (c)
K Anand
M Challa
C Clelland (w)
C Herd
A Keith
H Mapplebeck
G Morrison
P Poosappadi
F Proud
J Thomson

Sunday – 1st XI v Cults (A)

Meet 12.15 at Allan Park

R Swiergon (c)
K Anand
C Clelland (w)
E Gubbala
C Herd
A Keith
H Mapplebeck
G Morrison
M Nattrass
P Poosappadi
F Proud

Sunday – 2nd XI v Stonehaven Thistle (A)

Leave 12.00 from Grammar Club

A Sood (c)
K Bali
N Chawla
Q Farhan
S Harrower
R Knudson
S Knudson
I Johnston
T Murray
P Norwood (w)
TBC

Rain Wrecks Saturday

Heavy rain overnight which continued for most of the day meant there was no chance of play at either Rubislaw or Methlick today. While FPs have been lucky so far managing to complete all 3 games previously in dubious conditions at times, this represented the 3rd week out of 4 for some sides with no cricket. With games on Saturday and Sunday next week, all sides will be hoping for improvement in the weather. 1sts take on Knightriders at home on Saturday and then face Cults away in the cup on Sunday. 2nds have a free Saturday and take on Stonehaven in the cup on Sunday.

Teams for 18th May

1st XI v Inverurie (H)

Meet 12.15 at Rubislaw

R Swiergon (c)
K Anand
E Gubbala
C Herd
A Keith
H Mapplebeck
C McKinney
G Morrison (w)
P Poosappadi
F Proud
J Thomson

2nd XI v Methlick (A)

Leave 11.30 from Grammar Club

A Sood (c)
C Clelland (w)
R Knudson
S Knudson
I Johnston
P Macklin
R Monnapillai
M Nattrass
R Wilkie
S Winstanley
J Youles

2nds Keep Up Winning Run

Aman Sood has been in good all round form

2nds kept up their great start to the 2019 season with a 3rd win from 3 as they continued to vanquish memories of 2018’s tricky campaign. Skipper Aman Sood was again to the fore hitting 72 of FPs 230 for 7 but was well supported by Ian Johnston (21) in a 101 run stand for the 3rd wicket. Elia Gubbala also made 27 and Mahesh Challa 23. The score was further boosted by 48 extras including 36 wides.

With the ball Mahesh Challa gave a nudge to the selectors with his 10 overs garnering him 3 for 25. Amand Sood and Sean Harrower both chipped in with 2 wickets, while Gubbala, Roland Knudson and Paul Norwood each took 1. FPs were well in charge when 2nd Knightriders slipped to 122 for 9, but a last wicket stand of 79 lifted the away side to 201 all out, thanks to 62 from Jaggavarapu and 32 not out from last man Tewari.

Chris Clelland continued his quest for the wicket keeping prize with another 3 victims in the 29 run win. Next up is a tricky away game at Methlick for FPs.

Scorecard 2nd AGSFPs v 2nd Knight Riders