An opening day defeat at a freezing cold Rec, but a decent run out with more positives than negatives for the Fleckney boys against a strong Great Glen side.
Home captain Kev Kisby decided to field first and for reasons that must've been down to some club bet, decided to open with last years Sunday Player of the Year Andy Holmes.
Andy, bless him, can bat (a bit), but it's fair to say he didn't win his gong last year for what he does with the ball! But his two overs of pies gave the opposition the encouragement they needed to bat aggressively, and for thirty overs that's what they did.
Batsman came and went, normally retiring with a half century, but then the skipper brought himself on to bowl with Kavit and they both picked up some wickets - Kav 2, Kev 3.
Ten bowlers were used and Max Potter deserves credit for picking up a couple of sticks and also going for less runs than most.
Great Glen's final total was a whopping 321 but they only scored 43 off the last ten overs with three of their batsman scoring unbeaten fifties.
After a quickish tea and a minutes silence for the Duke of Edinburgh, Fleckney went out to bat with Andy and One Pad at the crease.
Andy did what he did last summer with the bat (although he did it a bit quicker than last year, there was even a six!!) before he retired on 52.
Mike Hextall batted nicely and with power to hit 38 and the likes of Kev Kisby, Max and Julian got some valuable time at the crease. There was even time for a Scott Roberts cameo (22*) to keep everyone warm at the end, as Fleckney ended on 209 and batted the full forty overs, another good sign.
All in all, a worthwhile exercise against a side three leagues higher than us.