Six wins in a row for Backwell Flax Bourton
PUBLISHED: 10:22 13 June 2018
Backwell Flax Bourton stretched their lead at the top of the table to 48 points thanks to a resounding eight-wicket victory over Claverham 2nd XI.
Claverham 2nd XI 90
BFB 1st XI 92-2
Backwell Flax Bourton made it six wins in a row in B&D Division 4 with an emphatic eight-wicket win over a spirited Claverham at Henley Lane thanks to a six-wicket haul from Shaun Todd.
After their table topping win in week five over Stapleton, Flax made the short trip to Claverham full of confidence as captain, Mark Fitzgibbon elected to field after winning the toss.
Caddick survived a thin edge in the first over but that was the only chance as Miles (47) hammered boundary after boundary and put Flax in unfamiliar territory as the score quickly progressed to 71 from just 11 overs.
Jake Burge finally emerged with the wicket of Miles as he miscued a powerful stroke, this time taken behind point by a juggling Matt Darbon.
Caddick followed Miles in the next over, well-taken low down by Tim Martin in the covers to give Acreman a well-deserved wicket.
This then signalled a remarkable turn around as Flax tore through the remaining eight batsmen with just 13 being added to the total. BFB youngster Elliott Marston (4-1-9-2) impressed with an excellent spell of seam bowling that was rewarded with two wickets.
Shaun Todd however claimed the bowling accolades in an immaculate spell that saw him take six Claverham wickets, including a hat-trick for just four runs and Claverham were bowled out for 90 inside 20 overs.
The Flax chase suffered an early blow as Martin chipped one to Caddick at gully with the score on 18 which brought Tom Phillips to the crease.
With typical calmness, Phillips steadied things for the victors and with a quick-fire 53 took Flax within two runs of victory before scooping a pull shoot to square leg.
Fitzgibbon (23 not out) hit the winning runs the next ball and Flax were home in the 19th over.
Flax now entertain Chew Magna 2nd XI at Flaxmead on Saturday as they look to defend their 48-point lead at the top of the division.
BFB 2nd XI 88
Old Down 2nd XI 89-5
Flax 2nds slipped into the bottom two of B&D Division 12 after a five-wicket defeat by Old Down at Flaxmead.
Old Down elected to field after winning the toss and quickly set to work on the Flax top order as Ben Riggs (8-3-12-4) took four of Flaxes top six and with Whyman and Williams also, chipping in, the hosts were reeling at 27-7.
From there, a winning score was always going to be a difficult task, but captain Dave Harmer and Pete Beale with an unbeaten 28 gave the score some respectability from what had been looming and the Flax attack something to bowl at as they were finally bowled out for 88.
In reply, Old Down wobbled losing their first three wickets with only 32 on the board, but a steady 32 from Mark Williams capped a solid display from the all-rounder and despite losing two more wickets, the total never looked in doubt as they cantered home inside 20 overs with five wickets in hand.