|Full name||Ashley Michael Thorpe|
2 April 1975 |
Kiama, New South Wales, Australia
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||7 May 2002 Durham v Sri Lanka|
|Last First-class||3 September 2003 Durham v Northamptonshire|
|List A debut||11 August 2002 Durham v Leicestershire|
|Last List A||7 September 2003 Durham v Northamptonshire|
Source: CricketArchive, 14 October 2011
Thorpe, who began his career playing for Scarborough Cricket Club in Perth, Western Australia represented Western Australia at Under 17 and Under 19 level. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1997 and made his mark in the North East Premier League First Division for Chester-le-Street. He trialled for a single match for Durham's Second XI during the 2001 season scoring 145 and 85 against Yorkshire Second XI, and made his debut for the first team in 2002, against a Sri Lankan touring team.
Despite his County Championship debut match ending in a heavy defeat at the hands of Glamorgan, Thorpe played six further matches during the season, none of which ended in victory.
Out of favour as a middle-order batsman in the following season, Thorpe played just two further first-class matches in 2003, scoring just four runs in his final first-class innings.
Having left Chester-le-Street and Durham County Cricket Club at the end of 2003, Thorpe was a club professional for Whitburn Cricket Club until 2008, when he joined North East Division One team Sunderland and later, Washington Cricket Club, where he remains as a respected player-coach. Specialising in batting, he has been used by Durham to develop their young cricketers.
- Ashley Thorpe at CricketArchive