Edward Maynard Ashcroft (27 September 1875 – 26 February 1955) was an English doctor and cricketer who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire between 1897 and 1906 and captained the Derbyshire team in 1904.

Maynard Ashcroft
Maynard Ashcroft c1905.jpg
Personal information
Full nameEdward Maynard Ashcroft
Born(1875-09-27)27 September 1875
Longsight, Manchester, England
Died26 February 1955(1955-02-26) (aged 79)
Upton-by-Chester, England
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight arm off-break bowler
RoleDerbyshire captain 1904
Domestic team information
First-class debut24 May 1897 Derbyshire v Surrey
Last First-class23 August 1906 Derbyshire v Lancashire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 101
Runs scored 4581
Batting average 29.17
100s/50s 8/29
Top score 162
Balls bowled 1949
Wickets 24
Bowling average 49.41
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 5-18
Catches/stumpings 33/–
Source: [1], 8 February 2010

Early lifeEdit

Ashcroft was born at Longsight, Manchester, son of Henry N Ashcroft, a Manchester merchant and his wife Charlotte. They lived at 14 Birch Side Moss Side.[1] Ashcroft studied medicine at Owens College, Manchester, and became RMO at Dewsbury Smallpox Hospital. He later became assistant MOH at Derby.[2]

Cricket careerEdit

Ashcroft made his cricket debut for Derbyshire in 1897 and remained with the team until 1906. Ashcroft captained Derbyshire for part of 1904 although Albert Lawton who was captain in the preceding and succeeding years also captained games. Ashcroft was a right hand batsman who played 170 innings in 101 first-class matches. His highest score was 162 and his average 29.17. He was a right arm off-break bowler who took 24 wickets with an average of 49.41. While he was captain, Derbyshire ended the season at 10th in the table.[3] Wisden described him as "a free-scoring batsman" who "drove and cut specially well".[4]

Later lifeEdit

Ashcroft was later Medical Officer and Public Vaccinator for Levenshulme. He died at Upton-by-Chester, Cheshire aged 79.


  1. ^ British Census 1881
  2. ^ John Rylands University Library Manchester ELGAR: Electronic Gateway to Archives at Rylands. Archives.li.man.ac.uk. Retrieved on 2018-06-01.
  3. ^ Maynard Ashcroft. Cricketarchive.com (1955-02-26). Retrieved on 2018-06-01.
  4. ^ Wisden Obituaries 1955. Cricinfo.com (2005-12-19). Retrieved on 2018-06-01.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Albert Lawton
Derbyshire cricket captains
Succeeded by
Albert Lawton