|Full name||Edmund Chapman|
|Died||30 July 1763
|Bowling||underarm: unknown hand and type|
|Domestic team information|
|c.1715-1740||Chertsey Cricket Club|
Source: H. T. Waghorn, 25 September 2008
Edmund Chapman (c.1695 – 30 July 1763) was an early English cricketer who was reported to have been one of the best in England during the 1720s and 1730s. He is believed to have played for Chertsey and Surrey.[fc 1]
Chapman is one of the earliest cricketers whose name has survived in 18th century records. In 1763, a newspaper report announced his death at Chertsey in his 69th year and said of him that he was "an eminent master bricklayer" and "accounted one of the most dextrous cricket players in England". The report added that his mother was "then living at the same place, in her 103rd year".
There are no known references to Chapman earlier than his obituary notice but, given his age, he must have been an active player from c.1715 until possibly c.1740, presumably playing for Chertsey, or perhaps Croydon, and for Surrey as a county.
- Note that surviving match records to 1825 are incomplete and any statistical compilation of a player's career in that period is based on known data. Match scorecards were not always created, or have been lost, and the matches themselves were not always recorded in the press or other media. Scorecard data was not comprehensive: e.g., bowling analyses lacked balls bowled and runs conceded; bowlers were not credited with wickets when the batsman was caught or stumped; in many matches, the means of dismissal were omitted.
- Waghorn, H. T. (1906). The Dawn of Cricket. Electric Press.