Lancashire player number 32 - Rawlinson, Elisha Barker
by Don Ambrose

Player:EB Rawlinson

(Known as "E.B.")
Lancashire 1867
Born 10.4.1837 Yeadon, Yorkshire.
Died 17.2.1892 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


A native of Yeadon his early cricket was played with the "Coffee Pot" Club and the "Berry Pot" Club in that town. He was very fond of playing single wicket matches for small stakes and assisted many clubs in the Yeadon area.


A little under 5ft.9 inches in height and weighing just over 11 stone he was a middle order right hand batsman and a right-hand fast round-arm bowler who usually fielded at point or cover-point. He was the brother of Tom Rawlinson, a professional cricketer who never played in an important match, but who did play at Lord's for The Colts or Professionals Who Have Never Appeared at Lord's or The Oval versus the M.C.C.


"E.B." went to Oxford to visit his brother in 1863 and was engaged at Magdalen College, returning to finish the season at Pontefract, where playing for the Tailors and Drapers of that town against the Printers he scored 130 out of his side's total of 138. For the years 1864 and 1865 he was engaged at Christ College, Oxford in the early part of the season, going on to Folkestone for the end of the season. At Folkestone he scored 56 and 12 against the visiting American Eleven and also visited Paris with the 85th Regiment to play the English residents in the Bois de Boulogne. In 1866 and 1867 he was engaged at Burnley, where he took all ten wickets in an innings twice, once in the match in which A.N.Hornby carried his bat for 9 in a total of 28. While at Burnley, on 20th to 22nd June he played for Lancashire against Yorkshire in the first Roses Match at Whalley. Roger Iddison on learning that he was a Yorkshireman promised to get him a game for his native county and true to his word, just one week later he played for Yorkshire against Lancashire at Old Trafford, scoring 20 and 3 not out and taking one wicket for nine runs.


In 1868 he was at Keighley, moving on the following year to the Savile Club, Dewsbury, after a few weeks at Christchurch, Oxford. In 1870 he took the White Swan Hotel, at Yeadon and played his cricket with the Leeds Clarence Club until 1875, when as a farewell, on the 6th September, Leeds Clarence played the Gentlemen of Yorkshire for his benefit. He was given a "Handsome Portrait" of himself when he left Yeadon by the townsfolk.


A keen huntsman, he followed Lord Middleton's hounds, "and if he has a good horse, and can keep on enjoying himself." It is related that one day the pack killed five foxes and he fell off five times. "The affair was not monotonous, however, as he fell off twice on each side, and once he was pitched over the horses head."


From 1874 he had also been helping out the Malton Club and in 1876 he moved to them, having become landlord of the Sun Hotel there.


The 1881 Census shows him at the Sun Inn, Wheelgate, New Malton, aged 43, an innkeeper, with his wife Louisa S. aged 37, and three daughters Florence L. aged 15, Blanche F. aged 14 and Maude E aged 11. There were a cook, a housemaid and an ostler.


He was presented with an illuminated address by the members of the Malton Club before he emigrated to Australia in 1883.


He became the landlord of the Glasgow Arms Inn, George Street, Sydney, but had left this by 1892, when he died of jaundice, at the home of his brother-in-law in Sydney.


(Article: Copyright © 2004 Don Ambrose)


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