Thomson on the ball for Leek on his return to Highfield

WARWICKSHIRE all-rounder Alex Thomson (pictured) made a winning return to former club, Leek, in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League Premier Division on Saturday.

Thomson plays for the Moorlanders whenever his duties with his first-class county allow and on this latest trip back to Highfield he was in sensational form.

His spin bowling returned excellent figures of 6-4 as Whitmore crashed to 99 all out.

Whitmore were looking good on 52-1 before Thomson's introduction to the Leek attack turned the game on its head.

Leek were expected to ease their way to a comfortable victory in reply, only for the weather to almost be their undoing.

The intervention of rain led to Leek being set a revised target of 94 off 34 overs, which they nervously achieved with the last pair at the crease, after Muhammad Usman (3-10) and Lee Johnson (3-12) had made life difficult for them.

Leek were indebted to Craig Melrose (28) and Ryan Ball (24) for their priceless contributions to their side's winning total of 94-9.

A victory was extremely important to Leek as defeat would have taken them perilously close to the foot of the table.


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