Bournemouth is delighted to announce the signing of Tasmanian all-rounder Thomas Willoughby for their 2022 Southern Premier Cricket League campaign.

Dual Passport holding Shark

Willoughby is an exceptional talent playing for the South Hobart Sandy Bay Sharks in the Cricket Tasmania Premier League. Holder of a British Passport, Willoughby is a genuine all-rounder who bats in the top-order and bowls left-arm orthodox spin.

Playing in a Sharks 1st Grade featuring the likes of State player’s George Bailey, Ben Dunk, Ash Doolan, Sean Willis, Hamish Kingston, Gabe Bell, and Tom Andrews, Willoughby cemented his spot last summer, courtesy of some outstanding all-round performances.

With the bat, Willoughby struck 388 runs at 20.42 with notable scores of 77 and 96 against Kingborough and Greater Northern, respectively. With the ball, he bagged 20 wickets at 25.75 with best figures of 4-24 against Clarence.

State representative

At State level, Willoughby was involved with Tasmania at the 2018 and 2019 Under-17 and 19 National Championships, respectively, following a glittering schoolboy career for The Hutchins School, with whom he skippered in his final season.

He was Cricket Tasmania Premier League’s Under-17 Player of the Year (2018/19) and has previously received the Junior Lord’s Taverners Scholarship, which recognises a young cricketer who displays outstanding ability, sportsmanship, and general attitude to the game of cricket both on and off the field.

Sleaford success

Willoughby is looking to progress in the game and a view to his development headed to the UK in 2021. He excelled for Sleaford in the Lincolnshire County Board Premier League, scoring 1,317 runs at 47.04 and 61 wickets at 11.90 in all forms of cricket.

Now Bournemouth bound

The talented dual Passport holding all-rounder is now set to embark on a return this year having signed with Bournemouth for their 2022 Southern Premier Cricket League campaign.