Squad Number - 7
Player Sponsor - Grant Thornton
Born - Camden, London, October 19, 1987
Joined - Leicestershire 2012
Role - Right hand batsman, right arm medium pace bowler
Family - Uncle played cricket for Cambridgeshire
Teams Represented - Sussex, Unicorns, Leicestershire
Highlight of Career - Debut for Leicestershire
Players Admired - Mark Waugh
Relaxations - Music
Michael Thornely played in the majority of Leicestershire’s games in the 2013 season. His first team campaign did not go as he would have hoped from a statistical perspective, but Thornely kept working extremely hard. The fact that he scored two unbeaten centuries in the final Second XI game of the season at Glamorgan is testament to his character.
In some respects, it was always going to be difficult for Thornely to better his first-class debut for the Club at Glamorgan in 2012. Thornely scored 97 and 131 at the SWALEC Stadium, in batting for almost twelve hours in the match.
He faced 564 balls in total, as the team gained a draw by negotiating the final four sessions. No Leicestershire debutant has batted longer in a game than Thornely, who displayed great powers of concentration.
When you consider that Thornely suffered disappointment of missing out on his maiden first-class century in that first innings at Cardiff, you can see what a special effort his second innings was. The former Sussex batsman also posted three figures in the LV=CC game at Essex while a brilliant innings of 86 at Holland at Amstelveen included a tally of 30 runs in one over!
Thornely previously caught the eye for the Seconds. He took 1-12 from eight overs of medium pace in a Trophy win against Warwickshire before registering a 50 and century in an exciting Championship draw against the same opponents. Thornely’s 103 went perilously close to landing the team a victory at Hinckley Town CC and was called up to the First XI after that game.
Thornely's career record at Leicestershire:
Michael Thornely 2013 (33.47 kB)