Spongey Thomas      

Full name William Owen Thomas

Born April 27, 1921, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire

Died August 8, 2001, Sheringham, Norfolk (aged 80 years 103 days)

Major teams Cambridge University

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 4 5 4 44 19* 44.00 0 0 2 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 4 396 145 3 1/10 48.33 2.19 132.0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1948 - 1954

Wisden Obituary
Thomas, William Owen, died in Sheringham on August 8, 2000, aged 79. Dulwich captain in 1940, his fourth year in the XI, "Spongey" Thomas went up to Cambridge after war service and played three first-class games for the University in 1948 after taking four for 58 against Essex in a non-first-class match. A slow left-armer who had given the ball quite a tweak in his school days, Thomas took only three wickets at 46.33 apiece. His one other first-class match was for MCC at Lord's in 1954, where his left-handed batting helped Jack Davies add 67 for the ninth wicket in a failed attempt to prevent their old university from winning. Thomas also played for Norfolk in the 1950s while teaching at Gresham's School.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack