Backwell Flax Bourton record overwhelming victory against Claverham

PUBLISHED: 08:23 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 15 August 2018

James Clack.

James Clack.


Backwell Flax Bourton kept up their title challenge with a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Claverham.

Backwell Flax Bourton 1st XI 39-0

Claverham 2nd XI 35-9

League leaders Flax moved one step closer to the B&D Division 4 title with a comprehensive win over a Claverham side, ravaged by unavailability.

In an afternoon when conversations about the rain were about ‘when’ it would come rather than ‘if’ it would, a result with that forecast seemed highly unlikely.

However, with Flax homing in on the title and their opposition looking vulnerable with just 10 players, Flax skipper Mark Fitzgibbon had little hesitation than to throw the new ball to Jake Burge.

Burge duly obliged with figures of 7.1-3-12-7 in an astonishing spell of pace bowling that blew the visitors away.

It was Hill however, who struck first in the second over with his first ball as Raymond top edged skyward to a grateful Martin behind the stumps.

Andy Mayers followed shortly thereafter two become Burge’s first wicket, as a lively outswinger was well held at gully by Harsha Vardhana.

Gamble and Copeland put on a steady 24 to offer some resistance as the rain threatened, but Burge broke through as Copeland edged a delivery to Martin, leaving the score at 26-3.

Gamble was next to go with Burge knocking back his off stump Clack followed shortly after. Godden followed him back to the pavilion just two balls later and Claverham were teetering at 29-6.

Shaun Todd got involved, bowling Croker with an in-swinger, leaving Burge to torment the final two Claverham batsmen, before bowling them both and Claverham were all out for 35 in the 15th over.

Fitzgibbon and Martin quickly got to work, taking 12 from the first over and then 10 from the third as the modest target was eaten away.

Martin hit the winning runs from the first ball of the fifth over and Flax had won in the nick of time as within moments of them leaving the field, the rain set in for the afternoon.

Flax now go in to their final three games, with 90 points available and with a 67-point lead over their nearest rivals.

James Clack being bowled by Jake Burge. Picture: Kath Hill.

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