Eight wins in a row for Backwell Flax Bourton
PUBLISHED: 11:27 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 27 June 2018
Backwell Flax Bourton kept their 100 per cent record with a 106-run victory over Twyford House.
Backwell Flax Bourton 269-3
Twyford House 2nd XI 163-5
Flax won for the eighth time in a row and kept their 100 per cent record intact in a 106-run victory over Twyford House at Flaxmead.
Batting first after winning the toss, Tim Martin and Mark Fitzgibbon moved past 100 without incident.
Shortly after, Martin fell, caught behind for a solid 71. Fitzgibbon remained resolute at the other end which allowed the in-form Tom Phillips to move to his 50 with ease.
The pair put on a further 96 before Phillips was out after making a powerful 68.
Flowers entered the fray and with a quick fire 21, coupled with some strong running between the wickets began to move the score along at a pace with Flax eventually closing on 269-3, with Fitzgibbon finishing with a solid 75 not out.
In reply, Twyford lost their first two wickets with the score on 25, with Henry Acreman (9-1-22-1) and the impressive Elliot Marston taking the wickets.
Matt Darbon tied it down for Flax without taking a wicket in his spell of 9-4-12-0, although Andy Nairn started to hit out in an attempt to move things on but he fell to Sam Flowers, again caught by Burge for 37 with the score on 93 from 29 overs.
Only two further wickets fell between then and close, as Flowers took his second and Burge cleaned up Bailey, but it was Ian Nairn carried his bat for a determined 33 off 45 overs that held the reply together.
Flax head into the final game of the first half of the season with a 100 per cent record and the confidence to take on their own record of 14 wins in a row.
Winford Old Cathedralians 1st XI 86
Backwell Flax Bourton 2nd XI 263-8
Winford went in to this game with high hopes to strengthen their lead at the top of Division 12 as they entertained a struggling Flax 2nd XI, but it was Flax who stole the show with an incredible display that saw them demolish the league leaders.
Ewen Macgregor continued his streak of scoring well to the 40s, with an excellent 43, but a flurry of wickets tumbled around him to leave Flax at 82-4.
Matt Joyce scored a dominant 79 that included 13 fours and three sixes to set up a fantastic recovery. Graham Hill with a best score of 40 also starred as Flax closed on 263-8, the first time this season they have hit maximum batting points.
Winford set off with some intent, but it was Flax who drove their advantage home as wickets fell at regular intervals. Ella Budd with figures of 4-1-13-3 was the stand-out performer and overall the team endeavour was evident as Beale with an equally good return of three wickets closed things down for the league leaders.
Vardhana took the final wicket as Flax won for the second time this season to move out of the bottom two.