Published:13 July 2020
Men of Philadelphia, the U.S. side, played Middlesex in a first-class match at the 1908 Lord's. Many of their players were rested by the Middlesex team when John William Hearne pulled out at the last minute because of his father's death at age 80. Thomas John Hearne was roped in instead of John, his second cousin, who hasn't appeared in an FC match until then.
During this game, he was one of three players making his first-class debut for Middlesex. Thomas was set to arrive late due to the call-up he received around the time of the toss. His absence was filled with a substitute player when the visiting side first batted. Albert Trott and Francis Tarrant bowled unchanged to take five wickets apiece for Middlesex as Philadelphia was bowled out in 27.5 overs for 58.
Philadelphia made a quick return from 88/3 by bowling out hosts to 92. TJ Hearne has not yet arrived and has been declared absent to close the innings. (Timed out dismissal was not in effect at this time) Tarrant and Trott played again unchanged through the batting of the Philadelphia Gentlemen. In the second article, the visitors managed just 55 on 27.1 overs. This time, Trott received only four wickets as one wicket came runout.
Middlesex had a target of 22 runs which they followed in six overs for three wickets to lose. It was suspected that Thomas John Hearne eventually came to the venue during the chase by the Middlesex but wasn't expected to take the field. After that which meant his first-class career ended, Thomas never played an FC game without him taking the field for even a ball.