Matches (29)
Abu Dhabi T10 (5)
Legends League (2)
WI v IRE (EME) (1)
WI v ENG (1)
NZ v PAK (W) (1)
SA v WI (A tour) (1)
Hazare Trophy (18)

Full Name

William Beldham


February 05, 1766, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey


February 26, 1862, Tilford, Surrey, (aged 96y 21d)

Also Known As

Silver Billy

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium




"Silver Billy" Beldham was for a long time the leading batsman in the country, although was in fact an allrounder, a change bowler of moderate pace. Spanning the era when underarm bowling gave way to lobs, he was one of the first players to use his feet to attack bowlers, and so effective was he that concerns grew that the batsmen were too dominant. He played primarily for the legendary Hambledon club, but that club's influence was on the wane and he also appeared for the fledgling MCC, as well as Surrey and Hampshire (qualification allowing anyone to play for the county of their birth and residence). In 1792 he scored 144 for MCC at the original Lord's, and 29 years later made his final appearance for Players against Gentlemen, a match commemorating the coronation of George IV. In 1852, when he was 86, Beldham walked seven miles from his home at Tilford in Surrey to watch Farncombe play an England XI, He was described as possessing "a perfectly upright bearing, looked to be about 70 years old, used a stick in walking, and had a profusion of white silvery hair of considerable length, dropping down to his shoulders. His complexion was remarkably fresh and ruddy and, notwithstanding his great age, he was even then a splendid specimen of a veteran athlete." He was clearly a splendid specimen - he is reputed to have fathered 39 children.

The classic photo of Beldham (see above) is one of the first important cricket images and the only photograph of any of the eighteenth century's major players. It was taken around 1857.
Martin Williamson

Billy Beldham Career Stats

Batting & Fielding




Recent Matches of Billy Beldham

Players vs Gentlemen23*23-Jul-1821Lord'sFC
Godalming vs M.C.C.0 & 809-Jul-1821GodalmingFC
Godalming vs M.C.C.12 & 2303-Jul-1821Lord'sFC
England vs Hampshire XI2 & 003-Jul-1820Lord'sFC
Players vs Gentlemen16 & 219-Jun-1820Lord'sFC

Photos of Billy Beldham

Silver Billy Beldham