Full name Michael Alistair Thornely
Born October 19, 1987, Camden, London
Current age 29 years 277 days
Major teams Kent 2nd XI, Leicestershire, Leicestershire 2nd XI, Mashonaland Eagles, Nottinghamshire 2nd XI, Somerset 2nd XI, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI, Sussex Under-15s, Sussex Under-17s, Unicorns, Unicorns A
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relation Brother - AC Thornely
|First-class debut||Sussex v Indians at Hove, Jul 7-10, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Essex v Leicestershire at Chelmsford, May 4-7, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove, Sep 16, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Middlesex v Leicestershire at Lord's, Aug 26, 2013 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Durham v Leicestershire at Chester-le-Street, Jul 1, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Leicestershire v Warwickshire at Leicester, Jun 1, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/13, 30||Leics 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Chelmsford||16 Sep 2014||Other|
|62, 2/16||Leics 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Leicester||8 Sep 2014||Other OD|
|0/33, 0||Leics 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Leicester||26 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|1/15, 18||Leics 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Cardiff||12 Aug 2014||Other|
|33, 52||Leics 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||York||5 Aug 2014||Other|
|1||Leics 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Barnsley||4 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|0/11, 40, 0||Leics 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Ashby-de-la-Zouch||30 Jul 2014||Other|
|111||Leics 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Leicester||29 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|0, 108*, 0/10||Leics 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Hinckley||15 Jul 2014||Other|
|0/22, 2||Leics 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Leicester||14 Jul 2014||Other OD|
A right-hand batsman and occasional seam bowler, Michael Thornely began his career with Sussex, where he spent three years before being released at the end of the 2010 season. Playing for Unicorns in 2011, he made an unbeaten century against Somerset and 97 against Nottinghamshire in the CB40 competition, yet suffered the frustration of playing Second XI cricket for four counties -- Somerset, Nottinghamshire, Essex and Kent -- without securing a contract.
Offered a trial by Leicestershire at the beginning of the 2012 season, his fortunes improved. After making 56 and 103 against Warwickshire in a Second XI Championship fixture, he was given his first-team debut in the Championship match against Glamorgan in Cardiff a week later and rose impressively to the occasion, falling only three short of a century in the first innings and making 131 in the second innings to secure a draw, batting for almost 12 hours over the two innings. He made a second first-class hundred against Essex later in the season.
He was rewarded with a contract for the 2013 and 2014 seasons but Leicestershire finished bottom in successive seasons, failing to win a match, and he was released in September 2014, never rediscovering the striking success of his county debut.
Is the Universe Boss ready to hang up his boots? Not quite - poor year or not
Also, what is the record for the number of sixes hit in a T20 match?