Flax leave it too late

PUBLISHED: 14:36 15 June 2011




Backwell Flax leave it too late against Combe Down.

BACKWELL Flax won the toss and decided to bat first against Combe Down.

The wicket was slow and Combe Down opened with their spinners. Backwell’s centurions of last week found the slow wicket not to their liking, with Adam Watts falling to Doman for just nine.

Tim Martin hung around for 30 while at the other end a succession of batsmen were soon back in the pavilion. Only Gareth Griffith with a patient 40 that only included one four and a late flurry by Pete Beale (14) provided any further innings of note as Backwell ended 136 all out in the 39th over.

Combe Down made hard work of passing this total, being reduced to 48-3 with wickets for Beale, Hill and Phillips. The Hulbert brothers - Andrew (54) and Tom (22) then remedied the situation with a stand of 59. A late fight back saw Backwell took five wickets for 22 runs and reduced Combe to 129-8.

Martin (2-13) and Griffith (2-28) were in the fore of the fightback. The pick of the bowlers was Pete Beale with eight overs, seven maidens 1-2, the runs coming from his last over. Andy Cooper was again in fine form behind the wicket with two fine catches and a stumping.

■ Backwell Flax Under-15s lost the toss and were asked to bat first by Uphill Castle.

Walters and Stokes began in aggressive form before Sam Stokes fell to a good catch by Doe off the bowling of Wilcox for 46. Josh Selby joined Ben Walters at the wicket until he was run out for 19. Ben was not out for 57 in Backwell’s total of 135.

In reply, Uphill Castle were soon in trouble as Tom Smart (4-4) and Joe Delaney (2-9) made inroads into the Uphill batsmen, only Nicholls (14) and Sam Matthews (13) reaching double figures. Sam Hedges took the other wicket to fall as Uphill were restricted to 52-7.

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