Alfonso Thomas to depart Somerset at the end of the season
Somerset have today announced that fast bowler Alfonso Thomas, who has taken over 550 wickets for the County will be leaving the club at the end of the 2015 season.
The 38 year old first joined Somerset prior to the start of the 2008 season and following a number of impressive performances for the Seconds early on, he made his First XI debut after which he became a regular member of the line up in all formats.
Alfonso has enjoyed many highlights in his career both for Somerset and indeed around the world.
His best season for Somerset was in 2010 during which he took in excess of 100 wickets and was presented with the ‘Player of the Year Award’ something he went on to win for the second time after the conclusion of the 2014 season.
Last year he achieved the incredible feat of taking four wickets in four balls against Sussex, something no other Somerset player has ever achieved.
Over the years Alfonso has made many invaluable contributions with both the bat and ball. He has achieved figures of six for 60 in the Championship against both Sussex and Warwickshire and in 2011 achieved a career best of 94 against Hampshire.
During his time at the County Ground he has played in 91 First Class matches in which he has scored 1,852 runs and taken 306 wickets.
List A cricket has seen Alfonso play 71 games and take 113 wickets with a best of four for 18, whist in T20 cricket he has played 104 games and taken 137 wickets.
In 2013 Alfonso became the highest T20 wicket taker in the world and is currently fourth having taken a total of 263 in his career. He has enjoyed success, winning T20 tournaments across the world in South Africa, Australia and Bangladesh and has competed in the IPL for two years.
He has led Somerset on numerous occasions in Marcus Trescothick’s absence, most memorably during Somerset’ remarkable run in the Champions League T20 in 2011 when they reached the semi-final stage.
Director of Cricket, Matt Maynard said: “Alfonso has proved himself to be one of the best bowlers in one day cricket; particularly in high pressure situations where he has proved himself to be world class time and time again.
“Alfonso’s contribution to Somerset has been immense over many years and I am sure I can speak for all Somerset supporters in extending their thanks and best wishes to Alfonso and his family for the future.
Alfonso Thomas said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career at Somerset and extend huge thanks to Brian Rose who believed in me some years ago and asked me to join the Club. I wish my teammates and Club all the best for the future.
“It’s been great fun but like all good things they eventually come to an end. I am intending to remain in cricket, either continuing to play or by making the transition into coaching – it was a great privilege to be asked by Gary Kirsten to work with his bowlers during the IPL in India this year that I really enjoyed.
“I plan to take a few weeks over the off season to consider several alternative options before deciding exactly which path to take. I hope that at some point in the future I will get the opportunity to be involved in the Club in some capacity.”
Alfonso added: “I’ve had fantastic support from the supporters over the years and would like them to know that it has always been greatly appreciated.”