Elvidge leads Flixton to Hospital cup win

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Flixton bounced back to lift the Hospital Cup with a comfortable win against Staxton at North Marine Road on Tuesday night.

Having lost in the final of the Harburn Cup to their fierce rivals just a handful of days earlier, Scott Cooper’s men strode to a seven-wicket success.

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Staxton’s tally of 138-6 from their 20 overs looked useful, but a composed knock from Ben Elvidge made it look meagre, as Flixton wrapped things up with overs to spare.

Things looked bleak for Staxton from the start, when Jodie Robson and Adam Hargreaves departed in the first two overs, leaving their side on 5-2.

Rob Pinder and Chris Dove soon began to bed in and dug out the runs to carry Staxton forward.

Both reached the 20s in the 10th over with 49 on the board before they began to up the tempo.

Pinder was put down in off the bowling of Elvidge, before striking two glorious boundaries that carried him beyond his half-century.

At the other end though Dove was run out via a tight umpiring decision for 35, with Staxton on 100-2.

Pinder followed a run later when he was caught on the boundary for 59 from an Elvidge delivery.

Linden Gray failed to trouble the scorers, bringing Dan Bulman and Andy Dove to the crease.

Bulman fell for 14, but Andy Dove continued to tee off with a flurry of boundaries.

Dove struck a sweet straight six off the final ball of the innings to take himself onto 18 and Staxton to 138-6.

Flixton fingernails may have been tested when Stuart Stocks fell early in their innings, but fellow opener Scott Cooper and Oliver Stephenson then steadied the ship in the squall.

The explosive Cooper returned to the pavilion after scoring 30 of Flixton’s 39 runs, allowing Elvidge the opportunity to show his quality.

By the time that Gray had captured the wicket of Stephenson for 24 in the 15th over, Flixton had amassed 112-3 and looked to be cruising to the silverware.

Elvidge, joined by Rich Malthouse, finished things off with a four and a six to leave himself unbeaten on 61 and his side with the glory of victory.