Backwell Flax Bourton up to third spot
PUBLISHED: 14:25 05 July 2017
Backwell Flax Bourton moved up to third spot in the league after a 53-run victory over Bristol Lions.
Bristol Lions 148
Backwell Flax Bourton continued their winning streak and moved up to third in B&D Division 5 with a fine 53-run win over Bristol Lions to keep their promotion hopes alive.
Batting first, Flax lost opener Ben Walter in the first over, edging one that nipped away and giving Bristol Lions an early advantage.
Fellow opener Tim Martin was joined by Ian Gear, who between them took the score past 50 in the 12th over before Gear was out for 16.
Now joined by Flowers, Martin remained calm and firm at one end and brought up his 50 in the 18th over. With Flowers punishing the loose deliveries at the other end and with the score past 100 at drinks, Flax looked set to go on to dominate.
Flowers fell shortly after for 15, which brought Tom Phillips to the crease who supported the now fluent Martin and together, they took the score past to 167 before Phillips fell for 27.
Martin brought up a stubborn 100 in the 37th over before falling with the score on 187, but Flax secured maximum batting points in the final over, leaving the Lions with a target of 202.
Graham Hill’s (6-1-16-1), miserly spell set the tone for a strong Flax second half. Sam Stokes (7-1-19-1) was introduced and continued the tight overs and with both openers back in the pavilion, Flax were on top with the score at 58-2.
Backed up by some brilliant fielding by captain, Mark Fitzgibbon who ran out dangerman De Alwis (34) with a direct hit, Flax were in charge at drinks. Shortly after, Darbon removed captain Subramaniyam to put Flax in a great position with the visitors on 77-3 from 23.
Peter Beale, making his first home appearance of the season was introduced and his devastatingly spell containing five wickets changed the face of the game completely, and finished with figures of 6.4-0-23-5 to help secure Flax’s second maximum point win of the season.
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