Flax crash in top of the table clash
PUBLISHED: 12:27 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:27 02 August 2017
Backwell Flax Bourton were well beaten by league leaders Pakistani Express in a top of the table clash.
Backwell Flax Bourton 74
Pakinstani Express 75-2
Backwell Flax Bourton lost ground on the league leaders Pakistani Express as they crumbled to defeat in this top of the table encounter.
Mark Fitzgibbon once again won the toss and elected to bat first, seeking to take advantage of the away teams travel disruption which meant the first two overs went by with the visitors fielding with just six.
That’s about as positive as it got for the home team as they put in their worst performance of the season in probably the most important game to date this season.
Fitzgibbon was first to fall in the second over, bowled by Malik with the score on five, looking to pull a short delivery that stuck in the wet pitch. Tom Phillips joined Martin and with the ball moving around dug in to take the score to 49, before Phillips was caught behind for 17.
Flax found themselves three down in the same over as a lack of concentration from Martin (25), saw him chip a full toss back to Zuhaib and that signalled the start of a catastrophic collapse, that coincided with the introduction to the attack of Junaid Khan.
Khan proceeded to rip through the Flax middle and lower order in a devastating spell which saw him take 5-20 runs from his nine overs, leaving Flax with no answers to his accurate pace bowling.
No further Flax batsmen reached double figures and the sorry collapse was complete when the final wicket pairing of Hill and Acreman disagreed on a single and Iqbal ran out the turning Hill and Flax were all out for their lowest score of the season at 74.
In reply, Pakistani Express never really looked troubled by the Flax attack as they slowly chipped away at the shrinking target. Acreman did remove opener Furqaan with score on 29, which brought man of the match Khan to the crease, who with some lusty blows quickly took the game away from the home side.
He eventually fell with Express needing just five to win and shortly after Flax were out of their misery as Pakistani Express proved why they are the league leaders.
Flax remain in a strong position in second spot and look forward to the match versus Woodpeckers on Saturday at Flaxmead.