John Bickley made his Nottinghamshire debut v England in 1847 and appeared in 14 Notts matches, the last being in 1860.

Although he was born in Keyworth in 1819, he seems to have moved to Nottingham as a young man, making his cricketing name with the Rancliffe Club. An excellent fast round-arm bowler and sharp short-slip he played one season (1852) with Clarke’s England XI and from 1853 to 1858 was engaged by the Earl of Stamford at Enville Hall.

Having a local reputation as a good sprint-runner, he challenged the great George Moore of Leicester, but failed to beat him. In 1857 he became landlord of the Sawyer’s Arms, Lister Gate, Nottingham, dying there in November 1866 after being seriously ill for some two years.