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Bradford & Bingley all-rounder wins Thompson family fortunes
The Bingley all-rounder has become used to facing his father, wicketkeeper Steve, when the clubs meet but now he also finds himself in opposition to his younger brother, 15-year-old Jordan, who has joined St Lawrence from Aire-Wharfe League club Guiseley.
And it was Chris who was celebrating after scoring the winning runs to settle an enthralling match with ten balls to spare.
The game was in the balance when Thompson was joined by wicketkeeper Matthew Duce with 35 needed off the last six overs after opener Scott Etherington was caught behind off teenage pace bowler Oliver Ashford in the 44th over following a patient 133-ball 50.
The sixth-wicket pair made light of their task, the turning point coming in the 46th over when Duce scored 11 off Ashford, including a cut for six. The task was straightforward after that and Thompson won the match by driving off-spinner Steve Watts to the cover boundary in the penultimate over, leaving him unbeaten on 36 and Duce 21.
It was Bingley’s first home win of the season and skipper Phil Slater said: “We tried to keep wickets in hand and we were quietly confident we had enough depth in our batting. Matthew Duce put a couple of bad balls away – a cut for six and a cover drive for four – and the pressure was off then.
“We were only 60 at the halfway mark but the required rate was never more than four, five or six an over and we were quite happy with that.
“To keep them to 172 after they were 92-2 at the 25-over mark was a great effort. We bowled and fielded well and the spinners, Sandeep Ravishanker and Harry Smallwood, bowled especially well together.”
St Lawrence made a bad start after being put into bat in cloudy conditions, losing opener Adam Waite and David Hester with only eight runs on the board.
But they were rescued by James Smith at his belligerent best.
Throwing caution to the wind, Smith took the attack to Bingley as he reached his 50 in 32 balls with a six over cover point off Slater.
However, the Bingley captain gained his revenge when he had him caught by Chris Thompson for 64 out of 93 and he struck another blow in the same over when he caught and bowled Gareth Clough.
Skipper Mark Robertshaw remained defiant in a sheet anchor role before he was run out at 138 just after completing his 121-ball 50 and the visitors’ innings subsided after that as they lost their last five wickets for 34 runs.
Robertshaw said: “We weren’t firing on all cylinders but we got the worst of the conditions. The pitch was wet early on and the ball was swinging and seaming.
“If I had managed to bat a bit longer we could have got closer to 190 or 200.
“We made it hard for them to score runs at the start but Chris Thompson and Matthew Duce batted well and hit some crucial boundaries.”