Full name William Owen Thomas
Born April 27, 1921, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire
Died August 8, 2001, Sheringham, Norfolk (aged 80 years 103 days)
Major teams Cambridge University
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|First-class span||1948 - 1954|
Thomas, William Owen, died in Sheringham on August 8, 2000, aged 79. Dulwich captain in 1940, his fourth year in the XI, "Spongey" Thomas went up to Cambridge after war service and played three first-class games for the University in 1948 after taking four for 58 against Essex in a non-first-class match. A slow left-armer who had given the ball quite a tweak in his school days, Thomas took only three wickets at 46.33 apiece. His one other first-class match was for MCC at Lord's in 1954, where his left-handed batting helped Jack Davies add 67 for the ninth wicket in a failed attempt to prevent their old university from winning. Thomas also played for Norfolk in the 1950s while teaching at Gresham's School.
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