With the local cricket scene changing, the club decided we had no option but to transfer from the FCL to the Palace Shield for the following season, meaning this was our final full season in the FCL. Going unbeaten until June we were contending to retain the title. We did our usual thing of getting to the cup semi finals before deciding to lose but kept our league challenge running into September in a close title battle with St Annes. Sadly the meeting between the top two on the penultimate weekend was washed out and despite a final day victory, we were pipped to the title by 1 point. A valiant end to our time in the FCL and Peter Snape decided the time was right to hand over Chair duties and James Bamford was elected to lead us into the new era for the club.