Australian signs up for Backwell Flax Bourton

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:00 20 February 2018

Jake Burge.

Jake Burge.

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Backwell Flax Bourton Cricket Club has announced the signing of their overseas player for the new season.

With the new cricket season approaching, Backwell Flax Bourton Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of Australian fast bowler, Jake Burge from Palm Beach Currumbin, Queensland, as their overseas player.

Jake will be an important new addition for the club, bringing energy and pace to the Flax bowling attack as the newly promoted 1st XI set their sights on success in Division 4 of the Bristol & District League.

In addition to his on-field contribution, Jake will also support the future of the club by lending his support to the growing youth section that now offers cricket to boys and girls at age groups from under-9, through to under-15s.

Last season saw the introduction of an ECB supported initiative to promote cricket skills, called ‘Allstars cricket’ for under-9s which saw Backwell Flax Bourton receive national recognition for excellence as this level generated 45 new cricketers - the highest number in the North Somerset area.

The club’s youth co-ordinator, David Lloyd, was a key figure in the signing of Burge and said: “Jake is a fantastic young cricketer and we are all very excited to see him in the Flax colours.

“He will be a key part of the five-year development plan that has been designed to get the club back where it belongs, as one of the west countrys’ best clubs known for its strong focus on youth development.”

The club currently offer cricket to all ages and abilities, with midweek cricket played by The Irregulars, two Saturday teams with a newly-formed 2nd XI playing Saturday cricket for the first time in 2018 and fresh from winning the 2017 Sunday Conference Division 3, the Sunday 1st XI.

Training for the season has begun with all teams training at The Downs School. Adults train on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm and youth teams between 6-7pm on Sunday evenings.

With expansion in mind, Flax are looking for new players too, so if you would like to be involved at any level, please contact David Lloyd on 07534 501144.

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