Jake takes five as Flax win

PUBLISHED: 12:03 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:03 09 May 2018

Jake Burge.

Jake Burge.

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Overseas pace bowler started well for Backwell Flax Bourton as he took five wickets and led his side to victory.

Backwell Flax Bourton 203-7

Frenchay 2nd XI 78

After a rain-affected pre-season, newly-promoted Flax got off to a winning start in Division 4 of the Bristol & District league as overseas paceman, Jake Burge tore through Frenchay at Flaxmead with five wickets on his debut.

Earlier, Frenchay had won the toss and sent Mark Fitzgibbon and his men in to bat on a soft looking track.

Fitzgibbon and fellow opener Tim Martin steadily progressed the score passed 50, before Martin was first to fall for 38 in 18th over, with the score on 84. That brought Tom Phillips to the crease who quickly got in to his stride.

Phillips passed the 50 mark with a fine late square cut, but was out soon after for a sparkling 56. Fitzgibbon followed shortly thereafter for a dogged 53 and with 10 overs remaining and the score on 178, Flax looked set for a daunting total.

Buoyed by those key wickets, Frenchay found some confidence and discipline in their attack, taking a further four wickets and leaving Flax crawling past the 200 mark for maximum batting points.

In reply, Frenchay lost their first wicket early as Joyce (5-2-9-1) took the outside edge of Evans’ bat and Martin collected low to his right.

Ably supported by the miserly Hill and Acreman (7-3-10-0) Frenchay found it hard to score. When overseas debutant Jake Burge (7-1-32-5) was introduced, the task got even harder.

Burge tore through the top order with a fiery spell of pace bowling and he also starred in the superb team run-out, that left Frenchay adrift by a distance at 55-7.

Pete Beale replaced Burge and finished the job in typical fashion, bowling all three lower order batsmen to complete a 125-run victory and see Flax take maximum points.

Knowle 3rd XI 218-6

BFBCC 2nd XI 190-5

History was made on Saturday afternoon as Flax sent out a Saturday 2nd XI for the first time in the Bristol & District League.

Knowle won the toss and elected to bat which looked a great decision as opener and captain, Mike Coutiour led the way with a superb 136 as Knowle posted 218 from their 40 overs.

Young Flax seam bowler, Ella Budd was the clear pick of the Flax attack with an impressive spell that saw her return figures of 7-1-26-2.

The Flax reply looked steady with Howe (56) and Walter (45) the backbone of the innings and at the halfway stage with 95 on the board, the second 20 looked to bring a nail-bitting finish, however Flax lost wickets at the wrong times and the chase eventually became too great.

A fantastic effort by a Flax team that contained four players from the growing youth section and on their performances, show a positive future ahead.

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