Ned Stephenson

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Edwin "Ned" Stephenson (5 June 1832 – 5 July 1898),[1] sometimes erroneously called Edward, was an English first-class cricketer from 1857 to 1873. He was a wicket-keeper who played for Sheffield Cricket Club, and for Yorkshire County Cricket Club when the latter was founded in 1863.[2]

Stephenson was born in Headford Street, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. According to Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, Stephenson was a right-handed batsman and an occasional right arm fast (roundarm) bowler. In the 1850s, Stephenson ran a tobacconist and cricket ball shop on Bramall Lane, Sheffield, which was close to the ground that became home to both Yorkshire CCC and Sheffield United Football Club.[2]

In 1861, along with his fellow Yorkshireman Roger Iddison, Stephenson sailed to Australia as part of the first England cricket team to visit there.[2] On 1, 3, and 4 March 1862, he was part of The World team that defeated a Surrey XI at Melbourne Cricket Ground by six wickets.

His swan song was as part of a winning Yorkshire team against Lancashire County Cricket Club at Bramall Lane on 1 July 1873, in front of a partisan Sheffield crowd, and alongside his long-time cricketing partner and fellow Sheffielder, Joseph Rowbotham. He finished with a first-class tally of 803 runs at an average of 14.33, and took 30 catches and effected 27 stumpings, in his 36 match long Yorkshire career.[2] In total, Stephenson played in 82 first-class matches scoring 1,940 runs at 14.80, with 56 catches and 48 stumpings.[1]

His life was filled with tragedy, losing his first wife and three children in his lifetime. Contrary to some obituary notices, Stephenson did not die at the Tuebrook Asylum for Inebriates in Liverpool. He actually died from tuberculosis in July 1898, at his home in Tuebrook, Liverpool, aged 66.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Edwin Stephenson | Cricket Players and Officials". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 

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