Thomas MacDonald (cricketer)

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Thomas MacDonald
Personal information
Full name Thomas John MacDonald
Born (1908-12-27)27 December 1908
Comber, County Down,
United Kingdom
Died 23 March 1998(1998-03-23) (aged 89)
Middlesbrough, Yorkshire,
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Leg break
Relations James MacDonald (brother)
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Years Team
1934–1936 Lincolnshire
1930 Cambridge University
1928–1936 Ireland
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 7
Runs scored 291
Batting average 20.78
100s/50s 1/–
Top score 132
Balls bowled 72
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 4/–
Source: Cricinfo, 24 October 2011

Thomas John MacDonald (27 December 1908 – 23 March 1998) was an Irish cricketer. MacDonald was a right-handed batsman who bowled leg break. He was born at Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland. He was educated initially at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, before attending Queen's University, Belfast.[1]

MacDonald made his first-class debut for Ireland against the West Indians at College Park, Dublin in 1928. He made five further first-class appearances for Ireland, the last of which came against the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1936.[2] In his six first-class matches for Ireland, he scored 255 runs at an average of 21.25, with a high score of 132.[3] This score, which was his only first-class century, came against Scotland in 1928.[4] While studying the University of Cambridge, MacDonald also made a single first-class appearance Cambridge University against Somerset in 1930.[2] During this match he scored 29 runs in the Cambridge first-innings, before being dismissed by Jack Lee, while in their second-innings he was dismissed for 7 by Arthur Wellard.[5]

He later played Minor counties cricket in England for Lincolnshire, first appearing for the county in the 1934 Minor Counties Championship against Norfolk. He made six further appearances for the county, the last of which came against Hertfordshire in 1936.[6] In later life he became a schoolmaster.[1] He died at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England on 23 March 1998. He was survived by his brother James, who also played first-class cricket for Ireland by nearly thirty years.


  1. ^ a b "Player profile: Thomas John MacDonald". Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played by Thomas MacDonald". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Thomas MacDonald". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Scotland v Ireland, 1928". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cambridge University v Somerset, 1930". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Thomas MacDonald". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 

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