Flixton dig deep to earn Harburn Cup final win against Staxton

Chris Dove in batting action. Picture by Andrew Higgins   121956f
Chris Dove in batting action. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121956f

Flixton secured a four-wicket win against arch-rivals Staxton in a keenly-contested AndyHire Harburn Cup final at North Marine Road.

The match was a lot closer than last week’s Hospital Cup final between the two teams, which Flixton also won.

Flixton won the toss and put Staxton into bat, and, like the previous week’s final, they lost both openers, Nick Gibson and Rob Pinder, cheaply as they slipped to 20-2.

Chris Dove, 59no, and Jamie Armstrong, 30, then re-built the Staxton innings with a third-wicket stand of 73, and after Armstrong’s dismissal Dave Williamson also fell for just two runs leaving them on 95-4.

Some lusty blows from teenage all-rounder Linden Gray, 35no, added some late impetus in an unbroken stand of 59 for the fifth wicket as Staxton posted 154-4 from their 15 eight-ball overs.

Dove struck six fours and two sixes in his half-century, his fifty coming from 45 balls, while Gray smashed four fours and two sixes in his cameo.

Spinner Ben Elvidge snapped up 2-43, while paceman Michael Hunter took 2-47.

Flixton made a solid start with Oliver Stephenson scoring 19 and Stuart Stocks 31 - which included seven fours - in an opening stand of 53.

But when youngster Adam Hargreaves claimed both the openers’ wickets, Flixton were 54-2, and it took a 64-run stand between hard-hitting Daz Ellis, 30, and Scott Cooper, 34, to get them back on track, but then a mini-collapse saw them slip top 136-6.

In the penultimate over a rapid undefeated 13 from Rob Lacey, along with 7no from Chris Mann, steered Flixton to victory.

Andre Meunier, owner of cup and Evening League sponsors Andy Hire, presented the trophies after the game.