James Pycroft      

Full name James Pycroft

Born 1813, Geyers House, Wiltshire

Died March 10, 1895, Brighton, Sussex (aged 82 years)

Major teams Oxford University

Education Oxford University

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 5 9 0 34 12 3.77 0 0 6 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 5 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class debut Oxford University v Marylebone Cricket Club at Oxford, Jun 9-10, 1836 scorecard
Last First-class Marylebone Cricket Club v Left-Handed at Lord's, Jul 23-24, 1838 scorecard
Profile

The Reverend James Pycroft chiefly known for writing The Cricket Field, one of the earliest books about cricket, published in 1851. Pycroft mythologised cricket as a noble, manly and essentially British activity. He favourably compared the virtues of Victorian cricket with the disgraceful state of play at the turn of the century when "Lord's was frequented by men with book and pencil, betting as openly and professionally as in the ring at Epsom, and ready to deal in the odds with any and every person of speculative propensities". He wrote a number of other books on religion and Oxford University.
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