Full Name

Alexander William Thompson

Born

April 17, 1916, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire

Died

January 13, 2001, Illinois, United States of America, (aged 84y 271d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

TEAMS

A right-hand middle-order batsman who played a handful of matches before World War Two, Alec Thompson was a regular in the dominant Middlesex side of the late 1940s but his contributions were almost always overshadowed by the feats of his more illustrious team-mates, notably Denis Compton and Bill Edrich. His maiden hundred came against Surrey in 1946 - ironically when the stars had failed - and helped Middlesex to a four-wicket win when set 319. He had to wait another six seasons and 114 matches before a second hundred came - a third followed within three weeks in his second match as a makeshift opener. In that summer of 1952 he scored 1000 runs for the second time, and in 1953 he made 1245 runs at 31.92, his best return. In 1955 he was awarded a joint benefit but his form fell away markedly and he left the county at the end of the season. He umpired in two first-class matches at Lord's in 1957.

Thompson is in many respects the county's forgotten man. He played almost 200 times for Middlesex and yet fails to earn more than a passing mention in various histories of the club. His death in the USA in 2001 was almost unnoticed, even by the usually fastidious editors of Wisden.
Martin Williamson

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
FC20232930791515826.47548680
Bowling
FormatMatBallsRunsWktsBBIAveEconSR5w10w
FC2021472831122/3569.253.38122.6000

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1939 - 1955

Photos


Alec Thompson
Middlesex's 1947 Championship-winning side