Thomas Foster (Derbyshire cricketer)

Thomas Foster (15 December 1848 – 22 March 1929) was an English cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1873 and 1884. He topped the scoring for the club in three seasons.

Thomas Foster
Personal information
Full nameThomas Foster
Born(1848-12-15)15 December 1848
Glossop, England
Died22 March 1929(1929-03-22) (aged 80)
East Glossop, England
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight-arm round-arm fast bowler
RoleOccasional wicket-keeper
Domestic team information
First-class debut21 July 1873 Derbyshire v Lancashire
Last First-class25 August 1884 Derbyshire v Yorkshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 90
Runs scored 2594
Batting average 16.11
100s/50s 1/8
Top score 101
Balls bowled 437
Wickets 9
Bowling average 25.88
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/18
Catches/stumpings 64/-
Source: [1], 21 July 2010

Foster was born in Mill Town, Glossop, the son of Robert Foster a cotton weaver.[1] He started playing cricket for local Glossop clubs but went professional with the Clifford Club, in Manchester in 1872.

In the following 1873 season, Foster made his debut for Derbyshire in a match against Lancashire playing in the middle order to make 17 and 8, although the match was lost. He made a similar performance in one match in the 1874 season in a victory against Kent, when he also took a wicket. Foster came into his own during the 1875 season, making several excellent appearances at the crease in the middle-order during this season in some good wins for Derbyshire. He was top scorer for the club in the season with 227 runs He played all the club's matches in the 1876, 1877 and 1878 seasons with steady batting, but none to match 1875. In the 1879 season, he was top scorer again with 269 and topped the batting averages, while in the 1880 season he made 322 to become top scorer again. In 1880 he played as part of a Gentlemen v. Players match. He played regularly in the 1881, 1882 and 1883 seasons. In his final year at the club, in the 1884 season, he played five games, dropping to the tailend in the final fixture of his career and losing out to Yorkshire in his final match. While playing for Derbyshire he played at club level for Glossop, the Raistrick Club in Yorkshire and for Market Bosworth.

Foster was a right-handed batsman and played 167 innings in 90 first-class matches. His top score was 101 and his average 16.11. He was also an occasional wicket-keeper and a right-arm round-arm fast bowler taking 9 wickets at an average of 25.88.[2]

Before 1881 he had become a licensed victualler, running the "Arundel Arms", a pub with accommodation, at Glossop or Hadfield[1] and by 1883 he was running the "Pear Tree" at East Glossop.

Foster returned to the game as an umpire, being active in 1889. During the 1892 season, Foster umpired ten first-class matches in the County Championship.

Foster married Hannah Woodward and had a family. He died in East Glossop at the age of 81.

Foster was of no relation to Fostershire, the seven brothers, all surnamed Foster, who played for Worcestershire in the early 20th century.


  1. ^ a b British Census 1881
  2. ^ Thomas Foster at Cricket Archive