Thomas Barker (cricketer, born 1812)

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Thomas Rawson Barker (9 April 1812 – 26 April 1873) was an English first-class cricketer, whose career spanned the 1833 to 1849 seasons. Barker was an amateur who appeared in only nine matches due to his business commitments. He played for Sheffield Cricket Club and other Yorkshire teams.

Barker was born in Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, and was a right-handed batsman and a left round-arm medium pace bowler. He appeared in what is regarded as the inaugural Yorkshire first-class match at the Hyde Park Ground in Sheffield in 1833 against Norfolk, although at this time Yorkshire was still the Sheffield Club. In doing so, he became the first non-Yorkshire born player to play first-class cricket for Yorkshire.[1]

A lead merchant in Sheffield, Barker served as mayor of the city and, when the Yorkshire County Cricket Club was formed in 1863, he became its first President.[1]

He played in nine first-class matches from 1833 to 1849, scoring 121 runs at 11 with a top score of 37, and taking 38 wickets at an estimated 7.93, with a best of 5 for 11.

Barker died in Sheffield, Yorkshire, aged 61.



  1. ^ a b Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 175. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4. 

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