Who will ever forget that final over at the Oval?

Jordan Thompson is developing into quite a talent, a homegrown all-rounder who has shone both at home and abroad across the various formats of the game – from the LV= Insurance County Championship to the Hundred.

Having made his first-team debut in 2018, Thompson’s breakthrough summer in Yorkshire’s first team was the shortened ‘Covid’ campaign of 2020 when he claimed 15 wickets and hit 234 runs in four four-day Bob Willis Trophy games.

In each of the following two seasons, he was Yorkshire’s leading Championship wicket-taker, claiming 46 in 2021 and 42 in 2022, the latter seeing him take the new ball throughout. 

In 2023, he added 30 Championship wickets and heads into 2024 with 138 career wickets from 45 first-class appearances. He was also Yorkshire’s leading Blast wicket-taker in 2023 with 20, including a superb career best 5-21 in a win over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

As things stand, Thompson’s seam bowling is more developed than his useful and aggressive lower middle order batting.

In 2022, he was the joint leading wicket-taker in the men’s Hundred, taking 14 for London Spirit. He achieved the same honour (12) for the New York Strikers team in the Abu Dhabi T10 League at the end of the year.

Just before the Hundred, he helped Yorkshire qualify for Finals Day of the Vitality Blast when he brilliantly defended a final over target of just five in a quarter-final win over Surrey at the Oval. Given the circumstances, you will struggle to see a better T20 over.

In early 2024, he helped MI Emirates win the ILT20 title in the United Arab Emirates.

Thompson has played age-group cricket for Yorkshire since Under 13s and came through the Academy.

He is a Type One Diabetic, having been diagnosed aged 16. 

UPDATED: Feb 2024.

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