Thomp­son makes right call for ruthless Wag­goners

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

MID BUCKS CRICKET LEAGUE PREM DIVI­SION Wen­dover ................................................ 89 all out Ballinger Wag­goners ........................................ 92-7 Ballinger won by three wick­ets BALLINGER Wag­goners beat both the rain and Wen­dover on Satur­day to main­tain top spot in the Mid Bucks Premier.

Greeted at Wen­dover by a threat­en­ing sky, a bad weather forecast and a 10-man op­po­si­tion, act­ing skip­per Andy Thomp­son de­cided to trust his bowlers to strike quickly in the hope that he could se­cure a vic­tory be­fore the rain ar­rived.

The de­ci­sion was spot-on with the in-form Jono Lacey (3-24) sup­ported by vet­eran Nick Adams, who was re­turn­ing from some prof­itable ex­pe­ri­ence in the sec­onds and who would have added to his one vic­tim had he not been no-balled for knock­ing off a bail in his de­liv­ery of a wicket-tak­ing ball.

Thomp­son, hav­ing gone for 10 off his first over, rec­ti­fied mat­ters with a cou­ple of wicket-maidens, be­fore Ian Davies and Monty Thomp­son got in on the act, as Wen­dover were bowled out for 89 af­ter 30 overs.

That left Ballinger with 10 overs to see out be­fore the tea in­ter­val, but two dis­missals saw the score stand at 35-2, in­clud­ing no fewer than 16 wides as Wen­dover strug­gled bowl­ing down a slope made slip­pery by the in­creas­ing driz­zle. Driz­zle turned to rain, and the in­ter­val was ex­tended un­til con­di­tions im­proved suf­fi­ciently, and while slow bowl­ing was the or­der of the day, Ballinger’s bats­men still strug­gled.

But as part­ners fell around him, Rob McIn­tyre got his head down and saw the job through, fin­ish­ing the match off in su­perb style with a mas­sive six.

In the same divi­sion, Holmer Green went down by 10 runs to Monks Ris­bor­ough.

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