MCC is delighted with the news that all-rounder Alex Thomson, who has progressed through the MCC Universities scheme, has this week penned his first professional contract with Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
24 year-old Thomson made his first-class debut for Cardiff MCCU against Glamorgan in 2014, and having played in the Bears’ final two Specsavers County Championship matches of 2017 against Hampshire and Yorkshire respectively, he has now put pen to paper on a one-year contract with the Edgbaston outfit. He is one of five Cardiff MCCU players to sign a county contract this year.
The off-spinner and middle-order batsman has been a regular in the MCC Combined Universities side over the past two seasons. Prior to joining Cardiff MCCU, Thomson had not been part of any of the county academy programmes, which highlights the importance of the MCC Universities scheme in helping to develop young talent.
He has so far played six first-class matches in his career and claimed a six-wicket haul in Cardiff MCCU’s match with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl in 2016.
John Stephenson, Head of Cricket at MCC said: “This further goes to show the value of the MCC Universities scheme and the role it has to play in developing young professional cricketers.
“Alex has progressed with Cardiff MCCU and with the help of both Warwickshire and Staffordshire, is now at the stage where he is a professional county cricketer, which is exactly what the programme strives to achieve for its players.”
Alex Thomson, said: “The players and cricket management team at Warwickshire have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I played my first second team game, and I’m very excited to be joining such a great club.
“Winning my first professional contract is something that I’ve been working towards since I joined the MCCU programme in Cardiff, and I’m thrilled to achieve this goal.
“I would like to say a special thank you to everyone in the Cardiff MCCU team, particular the coaches Mark O’Leary and Graham Haines, for supporting me over the last four years, to Staffordshire Cricket, and also to my parents for getting me to so many youth team games and for their consistent support throughout.”
Ashley Giles, Sport Director at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Alex is a promising, young cricketer who came to our attention through our close partnership with Staffordshire Cricket, which has recently brought both Alex Mellor and Liam Banks into the senior squad.
“He boasts captaincy experience with both Cardiff MCCU and his club team (Leek CC) and has fitted very well into the dressing room since he came into the second XI in June.”