Pete impresses mum and dad as Windsor settle in mid-table
PETER Thompson showed his true colours to surprised Windsor team-mates as they dominated their drawn game at Marlow in Division One to move further clear of the danger zone, writes Andy Stiff.
Normally renowned as a steady accumulator in the middle order, Thompson came to the wicket with his side in trouble at 74-4. He then blazed to 98 before running himself out trying to pinch the strike but skipper Deri Watkins thinks there was a good reason for this transformation – his parents had come down from Yorkshire to see him play!
Windsor made 273-8, their highest score of the season. Marlow tried to chase but once they had lost Justin Kreusch, the 23-year-old who will skipper Border in his native South Africa this year, Windsor applied the brakes and the teams settled for a draw with Marlow on 202-7.
But it was Thompson’s knock which had the team talking. “I didn’t know he had it in him!” said Watkins. “He is normally very steady but very valuable but he just went for it from the word go.
“I spoke to his dad afterwards who said he always used to play like that in Yorkshire. Pete said it was my captaincy which had turned him into a blocker! From now on we’ll have to get his parents down every week, I’ll pay the air fare if necessary!
“It was another good show and the batting is coming together well now. With four games left, including Amersham who are bottom, I’m looking for a couple of wins to make sure of safety.”
Windsor get this week off, most of the players are currently on tour in Ireland and will no doubt appreciate the extra recovery time.