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Full name Thomas William Birtle
Born March 28, 1926, Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham
Died January 1, 2010, North Tees Hospital, Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham (aged 83 years 279 days)
Major teams Nottinghamshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 3 in
|First-class span||1952 - 1952|
Tom Birtle was a tall quickish bowler who played seven first-class matches for Nottinghamshire while on their books in 1952. He also played for Durham between 1945 and 1955 in the era before the gained first-class status, as well as turning out as a professional in the Yorkshire leagues until 1960.
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