Thomas Whitby

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Thomas Whitby
Personal information
Full nameThomas Brand Whitby
Born2 November 1813
Eynsford, Kent, England
Died7 December 1881(1881-12-07) (aged 68)
Hackney, Middlesex, England
Domestic team information
1837 Kent
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Runs scored12
Batting average 6.00
Top score11
Balls bowled68
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 2/
Source: Cricinfo, 30 August 2014

Thomas Brand Whitby (2 November 1813 7 December 1881) was an English cricketer active in the 1830s. He was born at Eynsford, Kent.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

Eynsford farm village in the United Kingdom

Eynsford is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. It is located 4.5 miles south east of Swanley.

Kent County of England

Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.

Whitby made two appearances in first-class cricket for Kent in 1837 against Sussex at Brighton, and Nottinghamshire at Town Malling. [1] A batsman of unknown handedness, Whitby scored a total of 12 runs in his two matches, [2] while with the ball he bowled seventeen wicket-less overs. [3]

First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.

Kent county cricket teams have been traced back to the 17th century but the county's involvement in cricket goes back much further than that. Kent, jointly with Sussex, is generally accepted as the birthplace of the sport. It is widely believed that cricket was first played by children living on the Weald in Saxon or Norman times. The world's earliest known organised match was held in Kent c.1611 and the county has always been at the forefront of cricket's development through the growth of village cricket in the 17th century to representative matches in the 18th. A Kent team took part in the earliest known inter-county match, which was played on Dartford Brent in 1709. Several famous players and patrons were involved in Kent cricket from then until the creation of the first county club in 1842. Among them were William Bedle, Robert Colchin and the 3rd Duke of Dorset. Kent were generally regarded as the strongest county team in the first half of the 18th century and were always one of the main challengers to the dominance of Hambledon in the second half. County cricket ceased through the Napoleonic War and was resurrected in 1826 when Kent played Sussex. By the 1830s, Kent had again become the strongest county and remained so until mid-century.

Sussex county cricket teams have been traced back to the early 18th century but the county's involvement in cricket dates from much earlier times as it is widely believed, jointly with Kent and Surrey, to be the sport's birthplace. The most widely accepted theory about the origin of cricket is that it first developed in early medieval times, as a children's game, in the geographical areas of the North Downs, the South Downs and the Weald.

He died at Hackney, Middlesex on 7 December 1881.

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  1. "First-Class Matches played by Thomas Whitby". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  2. "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Thomas Whitby". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  3. "First-class Bowling For Each Team by Thomas Whitby". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
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