Tim hits record score for Backwell Flax Bourton
PUBLISHED: 10:46 08 August 2018
A record breaking unbeaten 202 by Backwell Flax Bourton opening batsman Tim Martin helped his side to a comprehensive victory over Stapleton.
Backwell Flax Bourton 366-4
Stapleton 2nd XI 265-8
A record breaking 141-ball unbeaten 202 from Flax opener Tim Martin was the highlight of the afternoon in a free-scoring match that saw Flax get back to winning ways and extend their lead at the top of the table.
Mark Fitzgibbon took charge with a boundary-laden 24 at just over a run a ball before being caught for 39 in the fifth over. Martin then took charge as in partnership with Tom Phillips put on 143 for the second wicket.
Phillips went for 33, caught behind and Flowers fell shortly after for eight in similar fashion to his captain, just one run after the total passed 200 and with Martin already on 100.
Martin remained resolute and in imperious form as he moved on at over a run-a-ball, with Harsha Vardhana (31) now at the other end. Martin reached his 150 in the 36th over and just before Vardhana was lbw with the score on an imposing 287-4.
Burge supported well with an 18-ball 24, but it was Martin who continued to remain firm and the opener carried his bat, reaching his 200 in the last over and helping Flax to a huge total of 366-4.
Stapleton took to the field in determined fashion and after being held down to 38 from 10, but seeing off the opening spells of Burge and Joyce, seemed to have weathered the early storm.
Shaun Todd, who replaced Burge was first to strike, picking up two wickets. Herny Acreman was next in on the action as he bowled Bawdon for 25, followed by a wicket for Matt Darbons, with the home team teetering at 130-4.
Darbon removed Birkinshaw for a stylish 23 and Kishor for 27 as Flax continued to strengthen their grip.
The returning Burge took the seventh wicket and Flowers bowled Sooden to leave Stapleton 216-8, but a determined ninth wicket partnership of 31 frustrated Flax as that fifth bowling point eluded them, but more importantly, Flax were back to winning ways as they head in to the local derby against Claverham at Flaxmead on Saturday at 1.30pm.
Backwell Flax Bourton 2nd XI 265-5
Mells 1st X1 170
Flax seconds secured a fourth win of the season to claw their way out of the bottom two in B&D Division 12.
Flax skipper Dave Harmer elected to bat as he welcomed Ian Gear back in to the fold for his first appearance of the season. He with fellow opener, Richard Kingscott played well to see off the early threat of the new ball, before both fell in quick succession.
Ewen Macgregor (67) and Ben Howe (66), then came together to put on a match winning 148 for the third wicket before Adam Cooper with a powerful 36 not out and Andrew Wood (18) took Flax to 268-5.
Mells were, constricted in the early stages as the Flax opening pair of Hill and Gear put them behind the run rate, which was ably supported by some fine fielding from both Kingscott and Wood and further good bowling from Budd and Jones.
Hill, as the pick of the Flax bowlers with excellent figures of 8-0-30-3 returned to take key wickets, leaving Pete Beale (5-0-22-2) and Harmer (4.4-0-7-2) to wrap things up with the final wickets in an excellent tight spell that saw Flax home by 95 runs.