Edward Tylecote

Edward Ferdinando Sutton Tylecote (23 June 1849 – 15 March 1938) was an English cricketer. He was born in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire and was educated at Clifton College[1] and played first-class cricket for Oxford University and Kent County Cricket Club. He also played six Test matches for England. His career lasted from 1869 to 1886.[2][3]

Edward Tylecote
Edward Tylecote c1870s.jpg
Tylecote in the 1870s
Personal information
Born23 June 1849
Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England
Died15 March 1938 (aged 88)
Hunstanton, Norfolk, England
RelationsHenry Tylecote (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut30 December 1882 v Australia
Last Test14 August 1886 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 6 93
Runs scored 152 3,065
Batting average 19.00 20.70
100s/50s 0/1 3/10
Top score 66 107
Balls bowled 24
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 5/5 127/58
Source: CricketArchive, 5 June 2020

Highest innings recordEdit

When he was 19, Tylecote set the then record for the highest score made in a cricket match when playing in a school match at Clifton College for the Classicals against the Moderns. The Moderns batted first, scoring 100, with Tylecote taking three wickets. He then opened for the Classicals, and although this was a one-innings match, the game was continued until all the Classical players had an innings. Tylecote's innings covered three afternoons and six hours as he amassed 404 not out: the first known quadruple century in a cricket match.[1][4] The next highest score was 52. Tylecote scored one seven, five fives, 21 fours, 39 threes, 42 twos and 87 ones, all of which were run except for one four hit out of the ground. The record has since been exceeded – by another Clifton College schoolboy AEJ Collins – who scored 628 not out.

Tylecote was a good all-round sportsman at school, winning a number of athletics competitions whilst at Clifton.[5]

Oxford University, Kent and EnglandEdit

Tylecote went on to Oxford University, winning his Blue in 1869, 1870, 1871 and 1872. He was captain in the last two of those years. He went on to play for Kent in 1875, and he continued to play for them to 1883. Tylecote also played some cricket for his home county of Bedfordshire, which is not a first-class county, from 1870 to 1877.

He was a member of the Honourable Ivo Bligh's team to Australia to recover the Ashes in 1882/3. A fully representative England side had lost to Australia at home for the first time in 1882, after which a mock obituary to English cricket had appeared in The Sporting Times. The joke at the time was that Bligh's tour was going over to Australia to recover the ashes. This he succeeded in doing, by beating the team that had beaten England two-one, and afterwards Bligh was presented with an urn with ashes in it by some Melburnian ladies as a memento. A poem was attached to the urn, which memorialises Tylecote's contribution, along with the contributions of a number of his teammates:

When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn.

Career outside cricketEdit

Outside of cricket Tylecote taught mathematics at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich from 1875 to 1895, as well as teaching in some preparatory schools. His hobbies included collecting butterflies, and he left his collection to a museum in Oxford. He died in Hunstanton, Norfolk, in 1938.


  1. ^ a b Oakley EM (ed) (1890) Clifton College Register, pp. 14–15. London: Rivingtons. (Available online. Retrieved 2021-04-26.)
  2. ^ Ambrose D (2004) Brief profile of EFS Tylecote, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2020-06-05. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Edward Tylecote, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2020-06-05. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Wilson JM (1890) The Annals of Clifton College, 1862–1887, pp.92–95, in Oakley, op. cit.. (Available online. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  5. ^ Wilson, p.100.

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