Backwell Flax Bourton extend their lead at the top

PUBLISHED: 10:51 19 July 2017

A cricket scorebook and pink balls for a T20 fixture

A cricket scorebook and pink balls for a T20 fixture

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Backwell Flax Bourton extended their lead at the top of the B&D Division 5 with a comfortable victory over Civil Service.

Backwell Flax Bourton moved 24 points clear at the top of the B&D Division 5 with a comfortable victory over bottom-placed Civil Service on a wet and gloomy afternoon at Flaxmead.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Sam Stokes (8-1-31-1) continued his role of opening bowler and accounted for Sharma in the first over, with Harsha Vardhana taking a comfortable catch at gully.

Graham Hill followed up this up with Sandar hitting to the safe hands of Sam Flowers at cover point, leaving the away side reeling at 28-2.

Henry Acreman (9-3-29-0) and Matt Darbon slowed the scoring with the latter picking up a wicket, followed by one for Vardhana. Flax were hungry for more wickets and were rewarded when the impressive Darbon (9-2-23-4) took two more.

At 144-6, there was still time for another Darbon wicket and one for Hill as the Civil Service innings dribbled to a close at 150-8.

Flax got off to an awful start as captain, Fitzgibbon went back to a full delivery and was bowled by Foreman without troubling the scores.

Bristol Civil Service were buoyed by this early success, but Tim Martin had other ideas as he took nine from the second over and eight from the third with boundaries on both sides of the wicket.

Martin and Ben Walter picked up the pace and quickly moved on to put the result beyond doubt, with Martin bringing up a boundary-filled 50 in the 14th over.

The high risk strategy did account for Walter (35) however, but at 116-2, Flax were in a strong position at the 20-over mark. Flowers scored a quick 25 and a six to win over mid-wicket as the target of 151 was reached before the drinks break and with Tim Martin unbeaten on 71.

Four wins on the bounce now for Flax and clear daylight at the top of the division, leading the march from Bradley Stoke, who they entertain on Saturday in a top of the table clash.


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