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8 down but not out

Updated: May 20

Fleckney V Narborough and Littlethorpe

There is something perhaps peculiarly British about a team being happy that they lost but less severely than at one point expected. Something akin (maybe) to Horatio Nelson lying mortally wounded during the battle of Waterloo missing an eye and an arm but reporting “You should see the other fella…..”

The two teams had proclaimed themselves somewhat under strength so after some deliberation captain Scooter elected to bowl. Obviously favouring a better tan over team sentiment.

There were some good moments. Lennon Devlin getting his first senior wicket, Twinkle Loomes producing an inswinging beauty to get himself on the board and Frank getting possibly his four millionth wicket since the last Ice Age but to be fair the Fleckney effort in the field left a bit to be desired. Catches went down , the fat keeper said (and with obvious frustration) he couldn't even catch covid and the out cricket was sloppy. 218 seemed a long way to travel.

Long way to travel became a light year within 5 balls of the reply. Farhan dragged one on from well outside off peg and Sunday debutant Avinash ( who had showed considerable promise with the ball) went for a big drive first ball and left enough space for a double decker bus and five ounces of leather to get through.

Haroon (34) and Mandeep (25) steadied the ship before another dip left Fleckney at 84 for 7. Even three figures seemed unlikely, indeed it looked about as promising as an all you can eat diner with empty serving platters and a hungry lion throwing a piercing stare in your direction.

However step forward Mohit who struck an unbeaten 76 and almost a run a ball in a fantastic knock. He was aided and abetted by the skipper (14) and then an unbroken 64 run partnership for the 9th wicket with the vice captain as Fleckney recovered to 191. Mohit is not the most vocal or demonstrable bloke in the world but by these words we hope he knows how valuable his efforts were this afternoon.

It was a lovely afternoon spent with friends in warm and pleasant surroundings. You can spend too much time concentrating on winning and losing or you can let your heart be full that you are part of something so wonderful. That is the Fleckney way and we are simply blessed.

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