Backwell Flax Bourton gain promotion despite defeat

PUBLISHED: 17:48 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:48 05 September 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.

Getty Images/iStockphoto

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.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other Sport Stories

Wed, 12:05

A disputed try near the end of the match saw Clevedon slip to another defeat.

Read more
Wed, 12:04

Yatton narrowly lost to Winscombe in this hard-fought local derby.

Read more
Wed, 12:04

Nailsea & Backwell suffered a narrow two-point defeat against near neighbours Weston seconds.

Read more
Wed, 12:03

Gordana enjoyed a comfortable victory over Old Reds, a team just below them in the league.

Read more
Wed, 12:02

Clevedon Town defeated Hengrove Athletic 6-1 to progress into the next round of the Somerset Premier Cup.

Read more
Wed, 12:01

Nailsea & Tickenham progressed in the Somerset County Cup against Stockwood Green.

Read more
Wed, 12:01

Nailsea United narrowly defeated Hengrove Athletic Reserves to move into the next round of the Somerset Senior Cup.

Read more
Wed, 11:59

Portishead Pumas Under-10 Girls proved too strong for Bristol Rovers supporter’s team, running out 8-0 winners.

Read more
Tue, 12:58

Portishead Tae Kwon-Do students celebrated success at this year’s British National Championships held in Birmingham.

Read more
Tue, 12:57

Clevedon cyclists have been out in force, taking part in several cyclocross events in the area.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications