It is 18 summers since Nigel Thompson played the last of his 18 games for Ireland, but the former international turned back the years this week as he continued his latest reincarnation with Limavady.
Thompson had figures of five for five from seven overs as Coleraine were dismissed for 76 in the Senior One league game at Drummond and put the Roesiders clear at the top of the table ahead of tomorrow’s clash with surprise early pacesetters Fox Lodge.
Thompson senior, now 46, only joined Limavady because his son Stuart, the Ireland Under-19 all rounder, was snapped up by the Roesiders — one of the shrewdest signings of the winter — but Nigel is doing more than keeping a close eye on Thompson junior.
Drafted in for his debut in last month’s Ulster Cup match against North Down, because of a knee injury to Chris Moore, Nigel ended the opening partnership of 80 before Stuart proved the match-winner that day with five wickets.
With Limavady out of both the Senior Cup and Irish Cup, Nigel had to wait more than two weeks for his second match but he proved he can still do a job for the defending joint league champions as he condemned Coleraine to their fifth successive defeat, the Bannsiders losing their last eight wickets for 20.
Now Nigel finds himself undropable and together with his captain, Decker Curry are proving that the golden oldies can still do it.
\[Peter Hutcheon\]Limavady’s one-night win - they knocked of the runs inside 15 overs - put them two points ahead of the Foxes who have a match in hand but a win for Curry’s side would open a significant gap over the chasing pack.
\[Peter Hutcheon\]Already there are only three teams within two wins of the leaders and that is sure to be at least one less tomorrow night because Bready entertain Glendermott, although Strabane should stay in touch when they host winless St Johnston on Sunday.
In recent years, all roads would have led to Beechgrove for a game between Brigade between Donemana but this year, it is a bottom half of the table clash, for faithful supporters and members only. At least Brigade have the cup final to look forward to..
Tomorrow’s fixtures: Henderson Properties Senior One (1.00): Bready v Glendermott, Brigade v Donemana, Eglinton v Coleraine, Fox Lodge v Limavady
Sunday: Strabane v St Johnston