Backwell Flax Bourton continue their winning streak

PUBLISHED: 10:24 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:24 25 July 2018

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DAVID MARIUZ

Backwell Flax Bourton continued their excellent winning streak with a comprehensive victory over Midsomer Norton.

Backwell Flax Bourton 233-6

Midsomer Norton 2nd XI 107

A superb team performance from Backwell Flax Bourton in their crucial B&D Division 4 match at Midsomer Norton saw the league leaders continue their winning streak after a dominant display.

Flax skipper Fitzgibbon once again won the toss and elected to bat first with third-placed Midsomer Norton full of confidence after one defeat in five.

Flax lost Fitzgibbon with the score on 19, but Tom Phillips and Tim Martin helped the Flax innings take shape. Both reached their half-centuries as they added 121 for the second wicket.

Shortly after the second drinks break, Phillips fell for 52 and Martin was stumped for 76 with the score on 160. Jake Burge was next to go just three runs later and Flax found themselves stuttering at 163-4.

Sam Flowers entered the fray and in a typical display of power hitting, the score moved on beyond a run ball as he smashed the ball to all parts of the ground in a tremendous knock of 42 as Flax finished on 233-6.

Midsomer Norton began their reply as an accurate Flax attack of Burge and Acreman tied things down. Acreman was the first to strike before Burge took two wickets in two balls to reduce Midsomer Norton to 36-3.

Acreman took his second wicket and accurate spells from Joyce and Todd ensured the Midsomer Norton response was stifled.

At 78-6, Flax were well in charge. Todd (7-0-26-3) picked up his second and third wickets either side of a caught and bowled from Pete Beale, which left Midsomer Norton on the brink at 89-9.

A brief flurry in a 10th wicket partnership saw the score to 107 before Flowers was introduced to wrap things up with his first delivery.

Flax are now 12 wins from 12 and face second-placed Pakistani Express in a crunch fixture at Flaxmead on Saturday.

Backwell Flax Bourton 2nd XI 163

St Mary Redcliffe 2nd XI 168-5

Table-topping St Mary Redcliffe won by five wickets in this close encounter at Flaxmead, despite a fantastic performance from Flax’s Harsha Vardhana.

His 84 runs and three wickets were notable in defeat after it seemed that the hosts would secure an unlikely win. With only three Flax batsmen making double figures, a scoreline of 163 never seemed it would be enough to stop the runaway Division 12 leaders.

Only Matt Darbon (8-0-25-2) and Vardhana took wickets as the visitors cruised to victory by five wickets.

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