Thomp­son goes forth but Wag­goners still lose out

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

NOT even fig­ures of 4-34 on his re­turn to ac­tion for club chair­man Andy Thomp­son could save Ballinger Wag­goners from an­other de­feat against Monks Ris­bor­ough on Saturday.

The day had not started so well for Thomp­son ei­ther, with he and fel­low opener Danny Draper back in the hutch and only 13 on the board, re­quir­ing a re­cov­ery from Stu Clark and James McIn­tyre in a stand of 48 be­fore Clark fell for a hard-hit­ting 26.

McIn­tyre was un­veil­ing some glo­ri­ous on and off drives while Monty Thomp­son pro­vided in­valu­able sup­port with some hair­rais­ing sin­gles for a stand worth 57, be­fore McIn­tyre’s su­perb knock came to an end when he was caught in the deep for 72.

But 146-5 soon be­came 147-8, and it was left to Ian Maciver and Dom Brown to add an un­beaten 46 to take Ballinger to a sat­is­fac­tory 193-8.

But they strug­gled to make in­roads into a Monks bat­ting line up and it was Thomp­son who even­tu­ally came up trumps, cour­tesy of a good catch by keeper Max Dug­dale, who went on to hold a fur­ther three sharp ef­forts.

Thomp­son and Maciver then ran through the bat­ting, tak­ing five more wick­ets to swing the match Ballinger’s way, but Monks’ lower or­der, which had proved to be flakey in pre­vi­ous years, held firm to see them to vic­tory in­stead.

Else­where in the Premier, Hawridge & Choles­bury went down by 77 runs to Braden­ham, while in Di­vi­sion One, Prest­wood ham­mered Lacey Green by 139 runs, Jon Humphreys tak­ing 8-24 from 10 overs, in­lud­ing four maid­ens.

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