Big hit­ter Thomp­son’s out of this world

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Ley Hill won by 217 runs LEWIS Thomp­son pre­served Ley Hill’s 100 per cent record with some mon­ster hit­ting on Satur­day.

Thomp­son hit one of the big­gest sixes ever seen on Ley Hill Com­mon as he top scored with 55 off just 40 balls in a run fest by the hosts.

His half cen­tury built on a fine foun­da­tion laid by Ollie Runswick (42) and cap­tain Craig Peter­son (34) as Hill gorged them­selves on the vis­i­tors’ attack.

Even af­ter th­ese three had left cen­tre stage there was more pun­ish­ment to come in the form of Nick Lee, who plun­dered 48 from just 30 balls, to send table­top­ping Hill over the 300 mark in their 40 overs – a rate of al­most eight an over. Za­gram Ali (2-57) and Ra­hat Khan were the pick of the bat­tered Wad­des­don bowlers.

An im­pos­ing score looked all the larger when Peter­son ran out vis­it­ing opener Rhys Skym from the very first ball of Wad­des­don’s re­ply.

There­after, Felix Cham­ber­lain took the eye with the ball. Re­turn­ing to the club where he was once a teenage star, Cham­ber­lain took 2-2 in five overs and, with Saranga Daluwatta weigh­ing in with 2-9 and Craig Ot­t­away 2-21, Wad­des­don were shot out for 96.

Hill’s sec­onds mean­while fol­lowed in the firsts’ foot­steps by in­flict­ing a sec­ond de­feat in as many weeks on hosts Holmer Green.

Just seven days on from the firsts’ his­toric derby win, An­thony Gay’s tremen­dous 106 led the way to an­other em­phatic victory. His ef­forts gave Hill an im­pres­sive score of 212-5 to de­fend and their bowlers soon made sure it was more than enough.

Doug Petrie (4-47) proved chief de­stroyer, ably as­sisted by Talib Hus­sein (2-30) and Paul Green (2-33). De­spite 53 from Zam­men Fa­rooq, Holmer Green were al­ways des­tined to be well short as Hill sealed a 73-run win.

The thirds’ bat­ting woes con­tinue how­ever af­ter they were hus­tled out for just 123 by Had­den­ham 2nds, a tar­get reached for the loss of five wickets.

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