Flax Bourton record back-to-back victories

PUBLISHED: 14:19 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 17 May 2017

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Backwell Flax Bourton recorded back-to-back victories with a fine team performance at Bristol Civil Service.

Backwell Flax Bourton 150-3

Bristol Civil Service 149-9

Flax secured back-to-back wins from their first two games of the B&D League Division 5 with another fine team performance on a lively pitch at Bristol Civil Service.

Led by a rapid 50 not out from man of the match Matt Darbon, Flax coasted past the hosts target of 149-9 inside the 26th over with seven wicket in hand and go into Saturday’s game full of confidence as they look to maintain their 100 per cent start to the campaign.

Captain Mark Fitzgibbons’ decision to insert Bristol Civil Service seemed a risky one as Jason Phillips took advantage of an uncharacteristic and sluggish start from Flax by punishing some average fielding and wayward bowling on.

Phillips comfortably helped himself to a 50 in a first wicket partnership of 76 that was only broken when Phillips holed out to Joyce at long leg off the bowling of Flowers for 61 in the 19th over.

With wickets in hand and Flax struggling for rhythm, the hosts looked set for a significant total until Matt Darbon (9-2-17-4) took the ball and with a superb display of slow bowling, helped Flax grow fiercely back in to the game.

Darbon’s devastating spell ripped through the hosts’ middle order and gave Flax the lift to raise their standards and take firm control of the game.

The next eight wickets were at a cost of just 48 runs which despite a stubborn ninth wicket partnership of 21 saw Flax in control at tea, restricting BCSCC to 149-9 from their 45 overs.

In reply, after some accurate bowling on a worsening pitch, Flax quickly found themselves two down and under pressure with the score on 36. However, Ben Howe steadied the Flax ship with a careful 22 to see off the opening bowlers and helped set things up for Sam Flowers (44) and Darbon (50).

Coming together in the 16th over, with the score on a precarious 56-3, Flowers and Darbon set about the target in a typically aggressive manor, powerfully taking the game beyond Bristol Civil Service in a devastating partnership that saw 94 runs scored in just 9.5 overs.

Darbon finished unbeaten on exactly 50 from just 35 balls, including six fours and three sixes, which rounded off a superb afternoon for the middle order powerhouse.

Flax now entertain Bradley Stoke at 1.30pm on Saturday at Flaxmead, looking for a third straight win to maintain their strong start to the season and would welcome all support in a key fixture.

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