(1931 – 2009)
In memory of
(1931 – 2009)
This online memorial honours the life of Thomas "Tommy" Greenhough. He was an English cricketer who represented Lancashire during the 1950s and 1960s as well as playing four Tests for England. After the retirement of Doug Wright, Eric Hollies and Roly Jenkins, together with the disappearance from the county scene of Bruce Dooland and Gamini Goonesena, Greenhough stood as the last county leg spinner of any standing in an era when overgrassed pitches and bowling tactics changing rapidly from the enterprising attack of the 1940s to rigid containment rapidly removed this style of bowling from prominence. Greenhough had nothing like the spin of Wright or Jenkins, but could disguise his googly exceptionally well though
he bowled from a quite long run-up for a slow bowler. During 1959 and 1960 Greenhough formed an extremely valuable complement to Brian Statham - at the time probably the greatest post-war English bowler - but for the remainder of his career a succession of injuries and form lapses that prevented him reaching the potential those two seasons suggested. In 1960 Greenhough took 111 wickets for Lancashire and played one Test against South Africa, but 1961 was wiped out by the first of a succession of finger injuries. Even when he had recovered, he again ran into the problem of lacking spin despite a few good performances as the only recognised slow bowler in a now-weak county side. Despite more finger trouble keeping
him out of the Lancashire side for most of 1964, he was awarded a benefit that season and showed when he returned that he still had considerable skill, achieving a career-best seven for 56 against Worcestershire in the last county match, plus seven for 108 against MCC in the previous game. This is a lasting tribute to Tommy and honours his life and his achievements.
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