Backwell Flax Bourton romp to easy victory

PUBLISHED: 11:12 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:08 18 May 2018




Backwell Flax Bourton romped to an emphatic victory over Bradley Stoke, running out victors by 192 runs.

Bradley Stoke 2nd XI 46

BFB 1st XI 238-8

Jake Burge, once again delivered in a crushing victory for Flax, but it was Ben Walter whose confident innings of 84 laid the foundations for victory after a tricky start that saw the reeling on 55-5.

Mark Fitzgibbon won the toss and chose to bat and it was the skipper himself who fell first, with the score on 33. Phillips and Martin fell with only four added to that score.

Sam Flowers became the second Flax top order batsmen to depart without troubling the scorers and with Shaun Todd, making his Flax debut shortly following for just two, Flax were 55-5 from 16 overs.

However, with Walter standing firm and now joined by Burge, the recovery steadily took shape.

The two put on 135 for the sixth wicket and when Walter finally departed caught at point for 84, Burge took the Flax innings to a superb 238-8 from their 45 overs with some fine hitting in his unbeaten 72.

In reply, Graham Hill and Burge opened up the attack with typical accuracy with Hill (7-2-13-2) and the scoreboard at one stage read an eerie 6-6 off six over.

Jason Grail briefly held up Flaxes onslaught with a quick 19 but when he flashed at one outside off, Burge (6-3-20-5) had his fifth wicket and Bradley Stoke were beaten at 32-7.

Todd and Beale were introduced to work their way through the tail, taking the final three wickets for a further 14 runs and Bradley Stoke were all out for 46 in the 21st over.

BFB 2nd XI 190-5

YMCA 4th XI 189-5

The 2nd XI secured their first competitive victory in a wel-timed run chase versus YMCA at Flaxmead, led by the effervesant Vardhana that saw the two Flax teams register victories for the first time.

With no less than three members of the Budd family, Flax fielded a strong side and steadily worked their way in to the YMCA line-up after captain Ewen MacGregor won the toss and elected to bowl.

A resolute Millman (55) stood in their way despite some good accuracy from young Flax player, Elliott Marston. Vardhana was introduced and soon took the wicket of Rees, which left George, Ella and proud father Chris Budd to close the YMCA innings with a wicket apiece.

The Flax run chase started slowly with Richard Kinsgscott and Macgregor falling in quick succession. Chris Budd, kept the run rate up with some hard hitting but when he departed for 28, the reply looked shaky.

Vardhana (83 not out) had other ideas and scoring at a run-a-ball, Flax slowly came back in to the game. Supported by Georg Budd (15) and Adam Burn (15), Vardhana moved passed 50 and new Flax member, Wood (32 not out) quickly put the game beyond YMCA and take Flax home with an over and a half to spare.

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