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.
- "Player Profile: Tom Marsden". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Scorecard: Sheffield & Leicester versus Nottingham]". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 2-3 (1827-1848), Lillywhite, 1862
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