Backwell Flax Bourton back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 08:28 23 August 2017

The cricket club wants to create a new ground to the rear of Mark First School.

The cricket club wants to create a new ground to the rear of Mark First School.

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Backwell Flax Bourton defeated Abbots Leigh to climb back to second spot in the B&D Division 5.

Abbots Leigh 155

Backwell Flax Bourton 156-2

Flax welcomed a return to winning ways and at the same time climbed back to second in the B&D Division 5 after a comfortable win at Abbots Leigh.

Skipper Mark Fitzgibbon won the toss and opted to bowl first, asking his bowlers to take advantage of the soft surface. Opening bowler, Matt Joyce duly obliged by returning figures of 9-5-9-0, pinning Abbots Leigh back and laid the foundations for a solid first half.

At the 23 over stage, Abbots Leigh were 58-0 and Sam Flowers was introduced to the Flax bowling attack and single-handedly tore through the home sides resistance, taking six wickets and spectacularly running out Abbots Leigh skipper, James Holdsworth with a direct hit from 40 yards.

Stokes chipped in with two wickets and Harmer wrapped things up in the final over with Flowers leading the side off with his season best numbers of 9-1-31-6.

In reply, Fitzgibon and Tim Martin led the charge and washed away any early nerves and with drinks beckoning, Fitzgibbon fell for 30 and with the total at 93. Martin, on 48 was joined by Tom Phillips (27 not out) who, with a relatively untroubled partnership of 60, took the game out of Abbots Leigh’s reach.

Flax’s only blemish on an otherwise faultless performance was marked when Martin fell with just two needed for a gutsy 82. Soon after, Ben Walter hit the winning runs and Flax recorded a much-needed maximum point win.

Backwell now face their final two matches with promotion now back in their hands, knowing that two wins will see them finish as runners-up. University of Bristol Staff are next up in their final home game of the season on Saturday.

Abbots Leigh 155

Backwell Flax Bourton 156-2

Flax welcomed a return to winning ways and at the same time climbed back to second in the B&D Division 5 after a comfortable win at Abbots Leigh.

Skipper Mark Fitzgibbon won the toss and opted to bowl first, asking his bowlers to take advantage of the soft surface. Opening bowler, Matt Joyce duly obliged by returning figures of 9-5-9-0, pinning Abbots Leigh back and laid the foundations for a solid first half.

At the 23 over stage, Abbots Leigh were 58-0 and Sam Flowers was introduced to the Flax bowling attack and single-handedly tore through the home sides resistance, taking six wickets and spectacularly running out Abbots Leigh skipper, James Holdsworth with a direct hit from 40 yards.

Stokes chipped in with two wickets and Harmer wrapped things up in the final over with Flowers leading the side off with his season best numbers of 9-1-31-6.

In reply, Fitzgibon and Tim Martin led the charge and washed away any early nerves and with drinks beckoning, Fitzgibbon fell for 30 and with the total at 93. Martin, on 48 was joined by Tom Phillips (27 not out) who, with a relatively untroubled partnership of 60, took the game out of Abbots Leigh’s reach.

Flax’s only blemish on an otherwise faultless performance was marked when Martin fell with just two needed for a gutsy 82. Soon after, Ben Walter hit the winning runs and Flax recorded a much-needed maximum point win.

Backwell now face their final two matches with promotion now back in their hands, knowing that two wins will see them finish as runners-up. University of Bristol Staff are next up in their final home game of the season on Saturday.

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