by Luke Fletcher

Published by Pitch Publishing,
A2 Yeoman Gate,
Yeoman Way, Worthing,
Sussex BN13 3QZ

Contact: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk
Email: info@pitchpublishing.co.uk

Pages: 288

MRP: £16.99

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Nottinghamshire stalwart, Luke Fletcher, has released his engaging memoirs in Tales from the Front Line and it is nice to see a good county pro breaking into print with a whole fund of tales.

Readers may look with trepidation at the two pages and fifty chapters required just for the Contents. Fear not, it is not presumably the unabridged version of the Nottinghamshire all-rounder's life but he manages to pack a lot into the 288 pages and some of the chapters contain solely one story.

Above all, the story is a happy one and it is nice to see how much respect he pays to fellow players. I am not sure that I would have enjoyed being on the end of the Ricky Ponting tirade he mentions, though. A nice example of his respect for others is in his chapter on Favourite Foes when he mentions and stresses Sir Alastair Cook.

"Fletch" seems to be a popular person and cricketer and Tales from the Front Line contains fellow cricketers' observations which show his popularity and wholeheartedness on and off the field. He does not hang back in mentioning some of his antics, many of which, I am sure, will amuse.

He numbers Andrew Flintoff, who contributed the foreword, as a friend. It may be me but they look similar and I did have to look twice to see who was who. Both appear to play the game in a similar vein.

A serious head injury after being hit whilst in his bowling follow-through ended one of his seasons but mercifully he came away from the freak but unfortunate accident intact and could resume his career the following year.

Well done to Luke Fletcher and his co-writer, Dave Bracegirdle, for producing such a warm book. There is something endearing reading the introduction which starts "Hello. The odds are that you've never heard of me before and have picked up this book by mistake. " Anyone who does read Fletch's account will most certainly be aware of who he is by the end and there should be every good chance that they will enjoy his many tales.