Happy debutant Jordan Thompson says the Yorkshire dressing room are delighted with the end result to day two against Surrey at Guildford, with the hosts closing on 290-8 as play finally got underway following first day rain.
Thompson claimed a wicket either side of lunch, both England Test players – Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick – having been handed his first-class debut by Andrew Gale and Steve Patterson.
But Surrey had recovered from 147-4 to reach 265-4 after tea.
Thankfully, however, Surrey slipped significantly late in the day, including three wickets in an over for captain Patterson.
“We’ve massively come out on top at the end,” said the 22-year-old all-rounder. “That’s how we feel anyway.
“At one stage, they were 260-4 before those three wickets in an over for Patto. Now they’re 290-8. We’ll try and finish them off in the morning and get batting.”
Tommo455</a>? ???? “It was just a matter of sticking to what I’ve been doing well.” <br><br>Happy debutant Jordan Thompson was pleased with the team’s efforts on Day 2. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OneRose?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OneRose</a> <a href="https://t.co/CzNtika9eo">pic.twitter.com/CzNtika9eo</a></p>— Yorkshire CCC (YorkshireCCC) June 12, 2019
Thompson has started the season in fine form for the second team and in Bradford League Cricket with Pudsey St Lawrence.
His elevation to first-team cricket, in place of David Willey, who is missing this week for family reasons, also justifies his decision to spend a winter in Australia with Sydney grade side Mosman.
“Massively,” he said. “I went over to Australia and had a feeling that bowling would be a bit tougher than batting over there. But I found it was the other way around.
“I managed to get a lot of heavy, big spells in in the heat, and that’s paid off for me over here.”
Thompson spoke about how he found out he was going to debut.
“It came around pretty swiftly,” he explained.
“I got told last week I was going to be in the squad, and I got the call from Galey on Saturday morning to say I would be playing. It was a bit of a surprise really.
“I’ve taught myself over the last few years, ‘It’s a game of cricket, and you’re doing what you’re doing for a reason’. It was a matter of sticking to what I’ve done well for the twos and for the last few years.
“If you break into the first team, it’s a matter of playing how you’ve played to get there. I feel like I did that pretty well.”
Thanks a lot to everyone for the messages today. Proud moment for me making my first class debut for
YorkshireCCC</a> still a lot of work to be done over the next 2 days but happy to start off with 2 wickets. <a href="https://t.co/X0g5IlNSzR">pic.twitter.com/X0g5IlNSzR</a></p>— Jordan Thompson (Tommo455) June 11, 2019
Thompson had Stoneman caught behind first and then Borthwick caught at second slip.
“When you’re out there, it’s a great feeling,” he added of his first wicket. “It came in my fourth or fifth over, so it wasn’t like I had to wait a couple of spells for it.
But we still need two wickets to bowl them out. There’s hard work to do in the morning.
“I’ve been scoring some runs in the twos and, like with the ball, it’s about bringing that into the first team now.”
6? – 2? – 1?8? – 1?— Yorkshire CCC (@YorkshireCCC) June 11, 2019
Not a bad start to life in First-Class cricket for
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