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John Tilson (27 March 1845 — 4 November 1895) was an English cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1871 and 1876. He was a member of the team that played Derbyshire's first match in May 1871.

Tilson was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire and was by occupation a lace maker.[1] He played in Derbyshire's first county game in May 1871 against Lancashire when Lancashire's 25 runs stood as a record for eighty-seven years of the lowest total scored against Derbyshire in first-class cricket. He played against Lancashire again in 1872 and in 1876. He was a right-handed batsman and played five innings in three first class matches with a top score of 14 and an average of 5.20. He was a right-arm round-arm medium pace bowler but did not bowl for the county.[2]

Tilson died in Ilkeston, Derbyshire at the age of fifty.


  1. ^ British Census 1881
  2. ^ John Tilson at Cricket Archive


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