Tim Coleman (18th-century cricketer)

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Tim Coleman
Personal information
Full nameTim Coleman
Battingunknown hand
Bowlingunderarm: unknown hand and type
Domestic team information
c.1720-1740 London Cricket Club
c.1720-1740 Surrey
Career statistics
Source: H T Waghorn, 10 August 2008

Tim Coleman (dates unknown) was an early English cricketer who played for London Cricket Club and Surrey during the 1720s and 1730s.

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.

The original London Cricket Club was formed by 1722 and was one of the foremost clubs in English cricket over the next four decades, holding important match status. It is closely associated with the Artillery Ground, where it played most of its home matches.

Surrey county cricket teams have been traced back to the 17th century, but Surrey's involvement in cricket goes back much further than that. The first definite mention of cricket anywhere in the world is dated c.1550 in Guildford.


Coleman is one of the earliest cricketers whose name has survived in contemporary records. In 1731, a newspaper report of a match at Mitcham Cricket Green on Saturday 2 October refers to him as "the famous Tim Coleman". [1]

Mitcham Cricket Green park and cricket ground in Mitcham, London

Mitcham Cricket Green is a cricket ground in Mitcham, south London. It is the home of Mitcham Cricket Club and is reportedly the oldest cricket ground still in use, having been used for cricket since 1685.

The full span of his career is unknown but he must have established his reputation during the 1720s when the London club is known to have played several matches. London was the dominant team in English cricket through the 1730s. [2]


  1. H T Waghorn, The Dawn of Cricket, Electric Press, 1906
  2. From Lads to Lord's – Tim Coleman

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