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Full name Alfonso Clive Thomas
Born February 9, 1977, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 36 years 104 days
Major teams South Africa, Adelaide Strikers, Dhaka Gladiators, Dolphins, North West, Northerns, Pune Warriors, Somerset, Staffordshire, Titans, Western Province
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Only T20I||South Africa v Pakistan at Johannesburg, Feb 2, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sussex v Somerset at Horsham, May 22-23, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds, May 11, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Titans v Lions at Centurion, Apr 8, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warriors v Titans at East London, Apr 3, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 5/69, 7||Somerset||v Sussex||Horsham||22 May 2013||FC|
|0/92, 4, 19||Somerset||v Middlesex||Taunton||15 May 2013||FC|
|4/41||Somerset||v Yorkshire||Leeds||11 May 2013||LA|
|1/81, 26*, 4*||Somerset||v Yorkshire||Leeds||7 May 2013||FC|
|1/33||Somerset||v Unicorns||Taunton||5 May 2013||LA|
|11, 3/29, 1/96||Somerset||v Warwickshire||Taunton||25 Apr 2013||FC|
|32, 2/45, 0||Somerset||v Surrey||The Oval||17 Apr 2013||FC|
|2/38, 9, 4/29, 1||Somerset||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||10 Apr 2013||FC|
|5/24||Titans||v Warriors||East London||3 Apr 2013||T20|
|0/23||Titans||v Knights||Bloemfontein||26 Mar 2013||T20|
Cape Town-born Alfonso Thomas has enjoyed a successful career for over a decade in domestic cricket with his bustling seamers, first with North-West and Northerns in his home country before becoming a Kolpak player with Somerset in 2008. He is a fine one-day bowler and earned his sole international cap in a Twenty20 for South Africa in 2007. He has also played for a number of sides in many of the world's T20 leagues.
He was a member of the provincial schools team for two years and played for Western Province B in 1998-99, but he decided to throw in his lot and move thousands of kilometres inland to join the unfashionable North-West team in Potchefstroom. There, he affirmed his ability as a bustling pace bowler and a stroke-playing lower-order batsman, and began to be noticed for his tough temperament.
He joined the Northerns Titans in 2003-04, where a haul of 36 wickets in eight SuperSport Series matches meant he was, at last, seriously attracting the attention of the national selectors. A successful stint with the South Africa A team followed, and Thomas was rewarded with a place on the Test tour to India, as a stand-in for the injured Andre Nel in late 2004. But Thomas had to wait until 2007 for his international debut, and it came in the Twenty20 format when he grabbed 3 for 25 in a win over Pakistan in Johannesburg.
Thomas switched from the Titans to the Dolphins during 2007-08 and he signed with Somerset for the 2008 season as a Kolpak player and enhanced his reputation as an outstanding one-day bowler. He has produced consistent returns in the County Championship, averaging in the mid-20s. His best season was 2010 when his 49 wickets at 24.53 almost helped Somerset to a maiden title.
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