Flax Bourton back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 15:41 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:41 06 June 2017


Flax Bourton returned to winning ways with a crushing 183-run victory over Woodpeckers.

Flax returned to winning ways on their president’s day after a classy Tom Phillips ton inspired a crushing 183-run victory over their tenants, Woodpeckers.

Skipper, Mark Fitzgibbon won the toss and elected to bat and with boundaries coming from both openers in the early overs, Flax looked set to take the game to the visitors.

However, with just 25 on the board and five overs in, Flax found themselves with both openers back in the pavilion, which quickly became 39-3 after a superb direct hit from Richard Griffin ran out Ben Walter, which brought Tom Phillips to the crease.

He and Sam Flowers steadied the ship until Flowers miscued a full toss straight to mid-wicket, leaving Flax in trouble at 67-4.

Phillips however looked in imperious form and built a patient 141-run partnership with Harsha Vardhana (47) that took the score beyond 200 and when Tom finally fell for a magnificent 101, Flax reached an imposing 260-8.

Woodpeckers’ reply began slowly as Joyce (9-3-10-2) and Hill (9-2-11-2) built early pressure with some accurate bowling, sharing the wickets of the openers with the score on just eight.

With two more wickets from the pace men inside the first 14 overs, Flax were well in to the middle order and in control as Woodpeckers struggled.

Stokes and Acreman entered the attack with Stokes (5.1-1-16-3) striking twice in his first over, leaving Woodpeckers 22-6.

Drinks soon followed with the score on 33-7 after Acreman (5-0-35-3) had picked up a wicket and it seemed as though the conclusion was near. However, some determined resistance came from Paul Pillinger, until he finally fell, caught and bowled by Stokes for 42 and the total on 77.

An excellent all round performance puts Flax back in the promotion hunt and in a good position ahead of next weeks local derby versus Bristol 3rd XI.

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