Flixton and Staxton suffer opening day defeats as rain hits schedule

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Only two matches survived the monsoon-like conditions on the opening day of the 2012 cricket season.

Waterlogged pitches or early afternoon rain washed out all but Staxton’s home tie against Filey and Flixton 2nds against Flamborough, both fixtures in the Premier Division.

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Flixton 2nds took first knock against Flamborough in a match reduced to 41 overs.

Opener Darren Ellis took up the attack, smashing two sixes and 14 fours during his fine innings of 106 before being caught on the boundary off the bowling of Flamborough stalwart Simon Leeson.

His second-wicket partnership with Pete Hill produced 96 runs, so dominant was Ellis that Hill’s contribution was a mere 14.

Flamborough’s Will Traves claimed 3-55 and Simon Leeson 3-86.

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After tea Simon Leeson weighed in with 39, brother Andy registered 45 and Mark Purvis added 34.

Still requiring a further 45 runs for victory from their final five overs, Peter Waines helped knock off the runs, crashing three sixes and a four during his late flurry to remain unbeaten on 34 with four balls of the allotted 41 overs remaining.

At Staxton, the match was reduced to 35 overs, Richard Burrell the star man for visitors Filey, crashing six sixes and five fours in his exciting innings of 86.

Paul Bowes chipped in with a valuable 40 before the tea interval with the Filey total on 162-7 after their 35 overs.

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Andrew Holtby proved the most successful Staxton bowler, claiming 3-26.

In reply, new Staxton skipper Nick Gibson led the counter-attack with 42, James Armstrong adding a further 27.

But Phil Dickens took 4-32 and Paul Bowes collected 2-41, reducing the home team to 152-8 when time was called leaving Filey the victors by 10 runs.