Backwell Flax Bourton cruise to another victory

PUBLISHED: 11:10 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 29 August 2018

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League champions Backwell Flax Bourton cruised to their 16th victory of the season against Twyford House.

Backwell Flax Bourton 1st XI 213-6

Twyford House 2nd XI 161-6

Newly crowned B&D Division 4 champions, Backwell Flax Bourton cruised to their 16th victory of the season in a subdued affair at Penpole Lane.

Flax won the toss and elected to bat first. The opening partnership of Fitzgibbon and Martin was reunited and they made a slow but steady start against some accurate bowling.

With the score on 13, Martin was bowled, which brought Sam Flowers to the crease who instantly raised the run-rate, before Fitzgibbon was run out with the score on 30.

Flowers, now joined by Phillips continued to hit the fence. The pair put on 95 before Flowers fell lbw for a dazzling 59, which brought Jake Burge to the crease, before Phillips was unfortunately run out on 50 at the non-strikers end.

Burge was in fine form and supported by Todd, Wilmott and Joyce pushed the score to 213-6 at tea.

In reply, the Twyford chase never really got started as the reliable and accurate trio of Burge, Acreman and Joyce strangled the reply inside the first half of the innings.

Acreman (8-0-31-2) struck first, with the score on 26, but the second wicket didn’t fall until the 23rd over when the impressive Joyce (9-3-11-2) took two wickets in two balls.

Just four runs were added before Burge had his second victim as Flowers (9-1-28-2) took two quick wickets. A late flurry from Welsh and a final Flax wicket and a second for Acreman were the final highlights as the Twyford reply fell short at 161.

Backwell FB 2nd XI 220-3

Winford Old Cathedralians 180

Flax secured consecutive league victories for the first time this season which sees them edging closer to safety in B&D Division 12, needing eight points from their final game.

Flax won the toss and batted with Ewen Macgregor and Ben Howe putting on just under 100 for the first wicket before Macgregor fell for a fine 59.

Howe continued to dig in, now with Vardhana smashing the bad ball before he was adjudged lbw for 22.

Andrew Wood produced his best knock of the season with a hard hitting 43, to support Howe as he carried his bat for a innings of 57 that supported a fine total of 220-3.

Flax hit the Winford reply hard from the off, as wickets from Harmer, Hill, George Budd and Beale to leave Winford in trouble at 140-7.

The victory was completed by Flax youngsters, Budd and Ben Jones as Winford were bowled out for 180, giving Flax a vital 30-point win in their bid to avoid relegation.

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