John Tunnicliffe

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John Tunnicliffe
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Personal information
Full name John Tunnicliffe
Born (1866-08-26)26 August 1866
Pudsey, Yorkshire, England
Died 11 July 1948(1948-07-11) (aged 81)
Westbury Park, Bristol, England
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm slow
Domestic team information
Years Team
1891-1907 Yorkshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 498
Runs scored 20310
Batting average 27.00
100s/50s 23/107
Top score 243
Balls bowled 718
Wickets 7
Bowling average 57.85
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/6
Catches/stumpings 694/0
Source: Cricket archive, 2 August 2012

John Tunnicliffe (26 August 1866 – 11 July 1948) was an English, first-class cricketer, who played in 472 first-class matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.[1]

County career[edit]

Tunnicliffe was born at Low Town, Pudsey, Yorkshire, England. He was a tall, forceful right-handed opening batsman, and on his figures one of the best slip fielders of all time. A late starter in first-class cricket, he was a regular in the Yorkshire team from 1893 and, between 1895 and 1907, scored 1,000 runs in every season except 1903. His best year was 1898, when he scored 1,804 runs at an average of 41.00 runs per innings. That season he made his highest score, contributing 243 in a then-record partnership for any wicket of 554 with Jack Brown against Derbyshire at Queen's Park, Chesterfield. That stand is still the third highest for the first wicket, and the sixth highest for any wicket, in first-class cricket worldwide. Tunnicliffe was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1901.

Almost as important to Yorkshire as his batting was Tunnicliffe's slip fielding. Nicknamed "Long John of Pudsey", he had long arms that enabled him to bring off catches others would not have attempted. In 498 first-class matches, he took 695 catches.[2] In a few of his early games in 1891 and 1892, he appeared to have acted as wicket-keeper, but thereafter he was at slip. His 70 catches in the 1901 season was a record that stood until Walter Hammond caught 79 in 1928. His ratio of catches to matches is 1.393:1, which compares favourably with both Hammond (1.291:1) and John Langridge (1.365:1).

Tunnicliffe scored 20,310 first-class runs at an average of 27.00, and with his occasional bowling took seven wickets at 57.85.[2]

Retirement and death[edit]

Tunnicliffe retired after the 1907 season, and became cricket coach at Clifton College. He later served on the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club committee when his son was the county secretary.

He died in Westbury Park, Bristol in July 1948, aged 81.


  1. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 380. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
  2. ^ a b "John Tunnicliffe". Retrieved 10 July 2011.