Thomas Marsden (12 September 1803 – 27 February 1843) was a noted early English cricketer whose career spanned the 1826 to 1841 seasons.
Born in Sheffield, Marsden was an all-rounder who batted left-handed and bowled either left-arm fast (underarm) or slow left-arm orthodox (roundarm). He played mostly for Sheffield Cricket Club at a time when it was representative of Yorkshire as a county and he was one of the first great Yorkshire cricketers.
Marsden's known career record consists of 55 first-class matches. He played 99 innings and scored 1724 runs. He made two centuries and three fifties. His highest score was 227 for Sheffield & Leicester versus Nottingham at Darnall New Ground, Sheffield in 1826.He is believed to have been an outfielder and took 44 catches. As a bowler, he took 97 wickets with a best performance of seven wickets in one innings.
In 1833, Marsden came up against Fuller Pilch in a single-wicket competition for the Championship of England. Although Pilch had little interest in such abbreviated forms of the game, he won comfortably. Marsden died in Sheffield in 1843.
Robert Peel was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket for Yorkshire between 1883 and 1897. Primarily a left-arm spin bowler, Peel was also an effective left-handed batsman who played in the middle order. Between 1884 and 1896, he was regularly selected to represent England, playing 20 Test matches in which he took 101 wickets. Over the course of his career, he scored 12,191 runs and took 1,775 wickets in first-class cricket. A match-winning bowler, particularly when conditions favoured his style, Peel generally opened the attack, an orthodox tactic for a spinner at the time, and was highly regarded by critics.
Wilfred Rhodes was an English professional cricketer who played 58 Test matches for England between 1899 and 1930. In Tests, Rhodes took 127 wickets and scored 2,325 runs, becoming the first Englishman to complete the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in Test matches. He holds the world records both for the most appearances made in first-class cricket, and for the most wickets taken (4,204). He completed the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in an English cricket season a record 16 times. Rhodes played for Yorkshire and England into his fifties, and in his final Test in 1930 was, at 52 years and 165 days, the oldest player who has appeared in a Test match.
Norman Gifford is a retired English cricketer, who played primarily as a left-arm spinner. Gifford played county cricket for Worcestershire, and Warwickshire County Cricket Clubs, and represented England in fifteen Test matches and two One Day International between 1964 and 1985.
Fuller Pilch was an English first-class cricketer. Described as "the greatest batsman ever known until the appearance of W. G. Grace", the right-handed batsman Pilch played 229 first-class matches between 1820 and 1854 for an assortment of counties, including Kent, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, as well as Norfolk and Cambridge Town Club. An early pioneer of batting, Pilch's advert of the "Pilch poke", or art of playing the ball forward, was an early manifestation of modern batting practices.
Roy Kilner was an English professional cricketer who played nine Test matches for England between 1924 and 1926. An all-rounder, he played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1911 and 1927. In all first-class matches, he scored 14,707 runs at an average of 30.01 and took 1,003 wickets at an average of 18.45. Kilner scored 1,000 runs in a season ten times and took 100 wickets in a season five times. On four occasions, he completed the double: scoring 1,000 runs and taking 100 wickets in the same season, recognised as a sign of a quality all-rounder.
Maurice Leyland was an English international cricketer who played 41 Test matches between 1928 and 1938. In first-class cricket, he represented Yorkshire between 1920 and 1946, scoring over 1,000 runs in 17 consecutive seasons. A left-handed middle-order batsman and occasional left-arm spinner, Leyland was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1929.
William Clarke was an English cricketer and team manager who played first-class cricket from 1826 to 1855. He founded, managed and captained the All-England Eleven. He has been described as "one of certain figures who, in the history of cricket, stand like milestones along the way". Clarke was born at Nottingham and died at Wandsworth in Surrey.
The Sheffield Cricket Club was founded in the 18th century and soon began to play a key role in the development of cricket in northern England. It was the direct forerunner of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and some of the teams fielded by Sheffield were styled Yorkshire. Sheffield generally held first-class status, depending on the quality of their opponents, from 1827 to 1855.
1826 was the 40th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The revival of inter-county cricket gathered pace and William Clarke made his known first-class debut.
1833 was the 47th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). "Yorkshire" was used as a team name for the first time on record because Sheffield were playing against a county team. John Nyren published The Cricketers Of My Time, widely regarded as a classic of cricket literature.
Frederick William Lillywhite was an English first-class cricketer during the game's roundarm era. One of the main protagonists in the legalisation of roundarm, he was one of the most successful bowlers of his era. His status is borne out by his nickname: The Nonpareil.
William Ederick Bates was an English first-class cricketer who played for Yorkshire, Wales and most notably, Glamorgan, over a long career from 1907 to 1931. He was the son of Billy Bates, another notable Yorkshire born cricketer.
Isaac Hodgson commonly known as "Ikey" or "Ike", was an English first-class cricketer, active 1847–66, who played for Sheffield and Yorkshire.
William Slinn was an English first-class cricketer, who played for Sheffield Cricket Club 1861–62; and for Yorkshire County Cricket Club 1863–64. In other first-class games, he played for the United All-England Eleven (1860), an England "Next XIV" (1860), the North of England (1863), and the All-England Eleven (1864).
The Wednesday Cricket Club was a cricket club founded in 1820 which became one of the pre-eminent cricket clubs in the Sheffield area. The Wednesday club was the direct forerunner of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. The club was reformed in 2011 and has risen from Section 7 in the Mansfield District League to Section 2 in 2017. Its midweek side play in Division A of the Sheffield Alliance Midweek League in 2018 having won Division B in 2017.
Mark Johnson is a former English first-class cricketer, who played four first-class matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1981. A right arm fast bowler and right-handed batsman, he took seven wickets at an average of 43.00, with a best return of 4 for 48 against Warwickshire. He only scored two class runs in four innings, including two not outs. He played fourteen one day games, taking twelve wickets at 37.91, with a best of 4 for 18 against Scotland. He played for Derbyshire Second XI in 1980, before appearing for the Yorkshire Second XI in 1981. However, injury cut short his professional career. He featured in a record unbeaten last wicket Benson and Hedges stand of 81 with David Bairstow in 1981 versus Derbyshire, on his debut. His most notable victim was bowling out Viv Richards. Johnson is currently playing for the Yorkshire Over 50s side.
Peter Bramley was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket in 1826, having played for Nottingham Cricket Club since 1813. He was primarily a batsman who fielded at cover point.
1826 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
Hyde Park was a cricket ground in Sheffield on a site now used for high-rise community flats. It took the name of fields that occupied the area in the early 19th century. Hyde Park was used for important matches between 1830 and 1854. It opened in 1826 and was adopted by Sheffield Cricket Club as a home venue, replacing Darnall New Ground, from 1830 until 1854. It was itself superseded in April 1855 by Bramall Lane. Hyde Park staged the first "Roses Match" between Yorkshire and Lancashire in July 1849.
William Pilch was an English first-class cricketer associated with Norfolk who was active from 1820 to 1836. He was the elder brother of Fuller Pilch. Pilch is recorded in eight matches, totalling 87 runs with a highest score of 30, holding 3 catches and taking 38 wickets with a best performance of 7 wickets in one innings.
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