Thompson’s eight-wicket blitz flattens Oriel

Oriel vs Mulgrave cricket''Mulgrave batting''132204d
Oriel vs Mulgrave cricket''Mulgrave batting''132204d

Mulgrave’s Michael Thompson pulled off an astonishing feat of bowling on Saturday when he blitzed his way through eight Oriel batsmen for the loss of just three runs.

After getting Mulgrave all out for 128, the Scarborough side were coasting along nicely on 40/2 and seemed in little trouble, until Thompson was unleashed on them.

He took the remaining eight Oriel wickets for just three runs as they slumped to 74 all out, falling well short of their target in the Derwent Valley League division A match.

Thompson pulled off his feat in just eight overs, five of which were maidens.

Speaking to the Gazette this week, Thompson (27) said Saturday’s haul beat his previous best tally of seven wickets while playing for Scarborough against Rotherham, where he lives.

He said on Saturday that the Oriel batsmen’s confidence seemed to plummet quickly after a couple of wickets fell and it all happened very quickly.

“We batted first and saw that if you bowled straight and pitched it in the right area, the pitch would turn the ball for me anyway,” said Thompson.

“We had nothing to lose, bowled straight and saw if I could create a few problems, which I did

“They just got stuck in a rut and the batsmen were afraid to play attacking shots which doesn’t work really - you should just play your natural game rather than worry about what the bowler does.”

Thompson travels from his home in Rotherham each weekend to play league and cup games for Mulgrave after being impressed by their standard of their facilities in Lythe.

“I got to know a few of the Mulgrave players when I played for Scarborough.

“The captain, Andrew Thompson, gave me a call and said ‘we’re a progressive club, we need a couple of extra players to compete at this level.’

“With the facilities and players we’ve got, we could be a match for anybody in this part of Yorkshire.”

Earlier in the game, James Newton hit 46 and Andy Thompson 40 for Mulgrave.

* See Friday’s Whitby Gazette for full Derwent Valley League results, fixtures & tables.