John Brewer Davis

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Sir John Davis
Personal information
Full name John Brewer Davis
Domestic team information
Years Team
1773 Kent
Major cricket debut 21 June 1773 Kent v Surrey
Last Major cricket 19 July 1773 Kent v Surrey
Career statistics
Source: CricketArchive, 9 November 1817

Sir John Brewer Davis (born 1741 in England; died 9 November 1817 in Westminster) was the son of the Rev Dr D Davis Prebendary of Cantebury.[1] He is notable for his involvement in major cricket through his connections with the Kent county team. In 1774, he sat on a committee of gentry that laid down the first known laws of cricket.[2][3] He was a noted amateur player during the 1760s and until 1773.

Davis was mainly active as a player before cricket's statistical record began in 1772. In the 1773 season, he has been recorded in two major matches playing for Kent against Surrey. He scored 23 and 4 in the first match at Laleham Burway; and 4 and 0 in the return game at Bishopsbourne Paddock. He took 2 catches in the latter match.


  1. ^ Payne Kenyon KILBOURNE (1856). The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourn (in Its Varied Orthography). pp. 27–. 
  2. ^ James Pycroft (1868). The Cricket Field: Or the History and Science of the Game of Cricket. Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. pp. 62–. 
  3. ^ London society. 1864. pp. 72–. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862