Maximum points for Flax in top of the table clash
PUBLISHED: 11:50 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:50 26 July 2017
Backwell Flax Bourton gained maximum points in a top of the table clash against Bradley Stoke.
A fine team performance saw Backwell Flax Bourton through in this top of the table encounter at Bradley Stoke, as Flax once again dominated with both bat and ball.
With heavy rain clouds in the air and the chances of a match threatening cloudburst interrupting things, a frustrating afternoons cricket seemed likely as Flax skipper, Mark Fitzgibbon once again won the toss and without hesitation elected to bat first.
Things began slowly for Flax as Tim Martin was first to fall in the 11th over, which at 32-1 brought Ian Gear to the crease.
He and captain, Fitzgibbon quickly rebuilt the innings, moving the rate forward and at the halfway stage had reached 80.
Gear was first past his 50 and Fitzgibbon followed shortly thereafter as the partnership moved the score past 160. Gear was bowled for a classy 65 and Fitzgibbon (67) was caught soon after.
Sam Flowers tucked in to some loose bowling, hammering four maximums in one over as he raced to an important 40 from just 25 balls before being bowled with the score on 209, as Flax reached 238-7.
With Matt Joyce back and leading the attack for Flax with Graham Hill (9-2-33-1) reduced the hosts to 49-2.
Acreman (9-0-35-3) picked up three wickets in the middle order and with Stokes removing the middle stump of Beaven after an entertaining 19, Bradley Stoke were now in trouble at 120-6.
Dave Harmer claimed the next two wickets and Joyce (8.3-0-27-3) was reintroduced to wrap things up with a maximum point win.
A superb all round display from Flax as they go into their second top of the table clash in two weeks back at Flaxmead on Saturday versus their title rivals, Pakistani Express.
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