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(George) Ernest Tyldesley (5 February 1889, Worsley, Lancashire, England – 5 May 1962, Rhos-on-Sea, Denbighshire, Wales) was an England cricketer. The younger brother of Johnny Tyldesley and the leading batsman for Lancashire. He remains Lancashire's most prolific run-getter of all time. Tyldesley went on the 1928/29 [Ashes] Tour, where he played in one test, and played only four times in a home Ashes Test, but in 1921 he did very well in the last two games, scoring 78 at Old Trafford.
Tyldesley had a slow start in county cricket in 1909, and though he played fairly regularly for Lancashire in the following three years – scoring his first century against Sussex in 1912 – but it was 1913 before he was firmly established in the team. That season he reached 1,000 runs for the first time and in 1914, the last season before war put a stop to cricket, he maintained this form.
After war ended, 1919 saw Tyldesley jump into the ranks of the top English batsmen with some solid batting, which resulted in his nomination as a Cricketer of the Year by Wisden. Though 1920 was uneven despite a score of 244 against Warwickshire, Tyldesley was already among a large crop of top-class professional batsmen. 1921 saw Tyldesley make his debut in Test cricket; though he was dropped after a poor performance on a damp pitch at Trent Bridge. 1922 saw him reach 2,000 runs for the first time. Tyldesley continued until injury kept him out of the last half of 1925. 1926, however, saw Tyldesley scoring 50 or better in 10 consecutive innings.
Tyldesley maintained his form in 1927, and scored 3,024 runs in 1928. However, Ernest Tyldesley was not at his best on his only tour of Australia in 1928/1929 until injury weakened England's team at the end of the tour.
Though he was never considered for a Test place again with Hammond, Hendren, Woolley and later Eddie Paynter entrenched in the middle order, Tyldesley remained a prolific scorer for Lancashire right up to 1934, and in 1933 had the distinction of being granted a second benefit for his services to the county, though this only raised £802 as against £2458 for his 1924 benefit. 1935, at the age of 46, saw him again affected by injury and playing only rarely – whilst the following year, playing as an amateur, he only played two matches before moving into business.
Upon his retirement in 1929, Tyldesleys batting average of 55.00 was the highest of any player to have completed a Test Career of 20 innings or more.
Death and legacy
Ernest Tyldesley died in 1962 in Wales, where he had lived for several years.
Ernest's elder brother JT named the Tyldesley family home in Worsley, Lancashire "Aigburth" to commemorate his younger brother's Lancashire debut at the Liverpool ground where Lancashire County Cricket Club occasionally play their matches. The home still stands today and a plaque telling the story has been erected by the Worsley Heritage Walks.
His great-great-nephew is the Yorkshire and England cricketer Michael Vaughan.