Edward Louis Bateman was educated at Marlborough and University College, Oxford.

He played in the University Match at Lord’s in 1854 and 1855, but only once for Notts, v England at Trent Bridge in 1855. Although born in Mickleover, Derby, he moved to West Leake at the age of two when his father was appointed vicar of that parish. Bateman was a useful batsman, though nervous at the start of an innings, but his ability as a fielder meant that he was preferred to others who might be better batsmen.

He resided in London for much of his life, being assistant secretary to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and was on the MCC Committee from 1880 and auditor to MCC from 1904 to his death in 1909.

His country residence was Rowditch Lodge, Derby.