Full name David James Thomas
Born June 30, 1959, Solihull, Warwickshire
Died July 28, 2012 (aged 53 years 28 days)
Major teams Gloucestershire, Natal, Northern Transvaal, Surrey
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast
Relation Son - CJO Thomas
|First-class span||1977 - 1988|
|List A span||1977 - 1988|
David Thomas was left-arm all-rounder who flirted with an England place and helped Surrey to the 1982 NatWest Trophy. Warwickshire born but a Surrey player from his debut in 1977 to 1987, Thomas was a hard-hitting lower-order batsman and a left-arm bowler capable of sharp pace and swing.
Had he not been a contemporary of Ian Botham, had illness not intervened, or had he been born in the Twenty20 age, Thomas might well have gone on to enjoy a distinguished international career.
Known universally as 'Teddy' on account of the slicked, Teddy-boy style hairstyle he had in his early days, Thomas became an increasingly important part of the Surrey teams that contested four Lord's finals between 1979 and 1982. The first three of ended in defeat, but they finally beat Warwickshire in the 1982 final with Thomas winning the Man-of-the-Match award for his spell of 3 for 26, which included the key wickets of Dennis Amiss and Geoff Humpage, dismissed for ducks.
He claimed 57 first-class wickets in 1983 and 60 in 1984 but, despite being named in England Test squads, he never made it into the final 11 - he was 12th man for the 1983 Trent Bridge Test against New Zealand - and left Surrey for Gloucestershire at the end of 1987. It was there, after seeking treatment for the recurrence of a groin injury, that he was diagnosed with the Multiple Sclerosis that plagued him for the rest of his life and forced his retirement from the professional game aged just 29. He also enjoyed spells with Natal and Northern Transvaal.