Backwell Flax Bourton gain promotion despite defeat
PUBLISHED: 17:48 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:48 05 September 2017
Backwell Flax Bourton clinched promotion in the last game of the season, despite losing to Bristol Lions.
Bristol Lions 187-9
Backwell Flax Bourton 114
Backwell Flax Bourton 1st XI gained promotion to the Bristol & District Division 4 as runners-up, despite losing their final game of the season.
Flax went in to the game knowing that just five points from the available 30 was all that was required to cement promotion after a rollercoaster of a season.
Mark Fitzgibbons’ men were asked to bowl first and reduced the hosts to 39-4 after Matt Joyce produced figures of 9-3-18-2, with Sam Stokes and Pete Beale taking the other wickets.
Further wickets fell to Beal, Harmer, Walter and Stokes as Bristol Lions finished on 187-9, while Flax picked up four bowling points.
In a familiar tale, Flax made hard work of things and were reduced to 68-3. Ben Walter and Ben Howe took the score to 83 before Howe fell and that sparked a clatter of wickets.
This left one target for Flax as the match result was now never in doubt and at 90-7 the new target of 100, for the fifth bonus point seemed a mile away. Burn and Stokes took the score past 100 and Flax into Division 4.
The final few wickets fell with somewhat of a whimper, but the job was done and Flax can reflect positively on a tricky season.