Thomas Mitchell

Cricketer + Bowler
Born Sep 4, 1902

Thomas Bignall Mitchell was an English cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1928 and 1939. A leg spin bowler, he was the most successful slow bowler in the history of a county better known for its pace bowling strength. His bowling was an important factor in Derbyshire's most successful period in the County Championship during the 1930s.… Read More

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1902 Birth Born on September 4, 1902.


1926 23 Years Old Mitchell was born at Creswell, Bolsover, Derbyshire and was a faceworker in the coal mines. He was first spotted by Derbyshire during the General Strike of 1926 and began playing for Derbyshire in the 1928 season but was disappointing.
1929 26 Years Old However in the 1929 season he took 100 wickets and was deadly whenever the pitches took sufficient spin.
1930 27 Years Old In the 1930 season, he did even better, and though expensive in the 1931 and 1932 seasons, his ability to spin the ball on dry pitches more than any other leg-spinner in county cricket saw him taken on the Ashes tour (in preference to the likes of Tich Freeman) when business prevented Walter Robins touring. … Read More


1933 30 Years Old However, for Derbyshire Mitchell went from strength to strength in the dry summers of 1933 and 1934, at times bowling with sensational skill, as when he dismissed Worcestershire for 48 on a good pitch in 1934.
He was close to the top of the averages in those two seasons, but from the 1935 season appeared to sacrifice length to gain more spin and often suffered heavy punishment.
1936 33 Years Old …  Along with Bill Copson, Leslie Townsend and the brothers Pope, he formed an attack sufficiently strong during the dreadful summer of 1936 to, aided by some quirks in the weather, displace Yorkshire from their perennial position atop the Championship table.
1939 36 Years Old In the 1939 season, however, Mitchell did not do much work because Derbyshire's pace attack was so consistently effective and he failed to take 100 wickets for the first time in 11 seasons.
1940 37 Years Old Moreover, when he refused to rejoin the team after World War II, the Derbyshire committee declined to give Mitchell the benefit he was due to receive in 1940. … Read More


1996 93 Years Old Died on January 27, 1996.
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