Flax cruise to comfortable victory

PUBLISHED: 11:23 23 May 2018

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Backwell Flax Bourton remain unbeaten as they defeated Midsomer Norton 2nd XI, who lost their last nine wickets for just six runs.

Backwell Flax Bourton 1st XI 102-1

Midsomer Norton 2nd XI 100

Backwell Flax Bourton made it three wins from three in the Bristol & District League Division 4 after another crushing victory at Flaxmead.

This time it was the spin bowling of Matt Darbon and Pete Beale that led the way to a nine-wicket win after a spectacular batting collapse by the visitors.

Flax lost the toss and were asked to bowl first on a hard Flaxmead deck. The seam attack of Joyce, Hill and Burge worked hard in the heat against a disciplined opening pair who moved the score on to 35 after nine overs, before Henry Acreman (9-1-41-1) struck in his first over.

Midsomer moved the score to 86-1 at the halfway point. Immediately after the drinks break, Flax skipper Mark Fitzgbbon decided to introduce the Flax spinners, Darbon and Beale.

Beale (7-2-13-4) removed the resolute Justin for 41 and this sparked an incredible collapse that saw the visitors lose nine wickets for just six runs.

At the other end, Darbon replaced Acreman and he ran through the middle order with figures of 3.5-2-5-5, his first five wickets of the 2018 season and Midsomer Norton were bowled out for 100 in the 34th over.

After a nervy start from both operners, it was Fitzgibbon who fell first, bowled by Davis with the score on 33.

That brought Phillips to the crease who after edging his first delivery through the slips settled in to a typical exhibition of tactical batting. With Martin (35 not out) at the other end, the modest total was eaten away, leaving Phillips (28 not out) to see Flax home at a canter by nine wickets inside 22 overs.

St Mary Redcliffe 2nd XI 221-9

Backwell Flax Bourton 2nd XI 170-8

Flaxs’ young 2nd XI continued to impress and can take a lot from the game, but this time in defeat at the hands of a strong St Mary Redcliffe team.

Flax started well with skipper Dave Harmer taking the first wicket in the second over. The Redcliffe captain Wayne Moore stood resolute at one end as wickets fell at regular intervals with Eddie Jones (7-0-47-2), Harmer and the impressive Danny Stewart (7-0-26-3) tying the score tied down at 98-4.

The fifth wicket partnership of 93 between Moore and Dominic Sprague proved to be the key, before Moore holed out with his score exactly on 100. The hosts moved the score on and closed on 220-9.

Flax’s reply started badly with Harmer losing his wicket with the first ball of the innings, which brought in Ewen Macgregor. He and new Flaxite, Richard Kingscott recovered well, taking the score to 67 before Kingscott was adjudged lbw for 19.

Supported by Andrew Wood (26), Ewen continued to work hard, but with wickets falling regularly and with Macgregor himself eventually going for 51, Flax eventually fell short on a respectable 170-8.

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