Full name Stuart Darren Thomas
Born January 25, 1975, Morriston, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Current age 41 years 313 days
Major teams Essex, Glamorgan
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Neath Tertiary College
|Last First-class||Glamorgan v Warwickshire at Colwyn Bay, Aug 10-12, 2005 scorecard|
|List A debut||1992|
|Last List A||Glamorgan v Kent at Cardiff, Jun 11, 2006 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Glamorgan v Northamptonshire at Cardiff, Jun 16, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Somerset v Glamorgan at Taunton, Jun 27, 2005 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|19, 33||Wales MC||v Oxfordshire||Usk||3 Jul 2016||Other|
|-||Wales MC||v Berkshire||Henley-on-Thames||19 Jun 2016||Other|
|41||Wales MC||v Devon||Pontarddulais||5 Jun 2016||Other|
|17||Wales MC||v Hrford||Eastnor||22 May 2016||Other OD|
|9*||Wales MC||v Cheshire||Chester||8 May 2016||Other OD|
|21, 41||Wales MC||v Oxfordshire||Great Tew||5 Jul 2015||Other|
|49, 2||Wales MC||v Cheshire||Newport||21 Jun 2015||Other|
|49||Wales MC||v Herts||Harpenden||14 Jun 2015||Other OD|
|23, 11||Wales MC||v Devon||Sandford||7 Jun 2015||Other|
|30||Wales MC||v Cornwall||Werrington||17 May 2015||Other OD|
Darren Thomas hit the headlines on his county debut in 1992 when he took 5 for 80 gainst Derbyshire at Chesterfield aged 17 years and 212 days. The young Llanelli pace bowler subsequently won a place in the Young England side, and he also started to show rice promise with the bat. Even so, he was erratic at times, and prone to no balls, but there was no denying that Thomas could bowl with genuine pace and hostility, as testified by a return of 6-20 in the Benson and Hedges Cup match with the Combined Universities at Cardiff in 1995.
He rather lost his way in 1996, but under the wise guidance of coach Duncan Fletcher he made rapid headway during 1997, and his greater accuracy and strike rate were two of the chief factors behind Glamorgan's Championship quest. Indeed, it was fitting that Thomas should bowl Glamorgan to victory at Taunton, and to the Championship title. He was deservedly awarded his county cap in the penultimate game of the summer and during the season he impressed many good judges.
He was suitably rewarded with a place in the England A party for the 1998-99 tour to South Africa and Zimbabwe. He responded with eight wickets in the first Test, and on his return to the UK he was Glamorgan's leading wicket-taker in 1999. He was called up again by the England selectors in 1999-2000 as a replacement on the A tour to New Zealand, and returned home to become the county`s leading wicket-taker in Championship cricket in 2000.
His aggressive batting in one-day games has helped to secure several victories, in particular the Twenty20 victory over Northamptonshire in 2004, whilst later in the competition a return of 3 for 32 against Warwickshire in the quarter-final at Cardiff helped Glamorgan win a place at the finals day of the Twenty20 Cup. However, his form slipped away and although 2006 was his benefit season, he left the county after 15 years to join Essex in 2007. However, he suffered a shoulder injury in pre-season training and was forced to retire at the end of the summer.
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