Ollie and Ben book Harburn success

Composed knocks from Ollie Stephenson and Ben Elvidge guided Flixton to a comfortable nine-wicket victory against Staxton in Friday night’s AndyHire Harburn Cup final.

The pair remained unbeaten on 70 and 68 respectively as Flixton cantered home on an evening for the batsmen at North Marine Road.

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Staxton had earlier set a solid target of 134-5 from their 15 eight-ball overs.

Having lost James Armstrong with just two on the board, when he played on to a Ben Elvidge ball, fellow opener Rob Pinder took things on.

He made a solid 32 before being caught out at the second attempt by Lee Elvidge off the bowling of Richard Malthouse.

Chris Dove followed soon after when he was trapped leg before by spinner Chris Mann, leaving the score on 76-3 from 11 overs.

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Chris’ brother Andy Dove also struck 17 before Scott Cooper took his wicket, after which Dave Williamson grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with a run-a-ball 41.

Williamson was run-out off the last ball of the innings, scampering a second run with Linden Gray (14no).

Flixton also lost an early wicket, Stuart Stocks being caught on the boundary by Pinder off the slow bowling of Elliot Cooper.

But that only brought opener Stephenson and Elvidge together for their impressive stand of 134 runs.

Stephenson survived a couple of lbw shouts before the duo upped the ante with a flurry of boundaries that saw Flixton over the winning line with an over-and-a-half to spare.

The trophy was presented to Flixton by AndyHire’s Andre Meunier.