Thompson goes forth but Waggoners still lose out
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.