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Laurence Thursting      

Full name Laurence Denis Thursting

Born September 9, 1915, Lambeth, London

Died November 15, 2001, Leicester (aged 86 years 67 days)

Major teams Leicestershire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 29 45 10 882 94 25.20 0 4 10 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 29 960 660 13 3/34 50.76 4.12 73.8 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1938 - 1947
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Wisden Obituary
Thursting, Laurence Denis, died in Leicester on November 15, 2001, aged 86. He joined Leicestershire in 1938 from the Lord's groundstaff to bowl left-arm spin, but it was his batting that ensured he was something of a regular that season. When offered the chance to open with Les Berry in the recurring absence of the county captain Stewart Dempster, himself a stand-in opener for the injured Fred Prentice, Thursting immediately showed the temperament for the job. His 94 in the second innings at Edgbaston occupied four and a quarter hours, saved Leicestershire from defeat, and remained his highest score. But his bowling failed to meet expectations and he received fewer opportunities in 1939. One post-war match against Yorkshire in 1947 left him with figures of 882 runs at 25.20 and 13 wickets at 50.76 from 29 games.
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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Sussex at Chester-le-Street - Apr 26-29
Sussex 335 Durham 189/5
Gloucs v Derbyshire at Bristol - Apr 26-29
Gloucs 275 Derbyshire 118/1
Hampshire v Notts at Southampton - Apr 26-29
Notts 371 Hampshire 10/1
Lancashire v Kent at Manchester - Apr 26-29
Lancashire 444
Leics v Northants at Leicester - Apr 26-29
Northants 251 Leics 177/6
Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton - Apr 26-29
Somerset 408 Middlesex 123/2
Surrey v Essex at The Oval - Apr 26-29
Surrey 340 Essex 29/0
Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Leeds - Apr 26-29
Warwickshire 382/7
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