Rev Henry Maltby played just three times for the county, all matches being in 1843; he made his Nottinghamshire debut v Hants at Trent Bridge, one of three players introduced in that match, despite limited cricketing credentials. He also played against Hampshire away in the same season and against the MCC, also at Trent Bridge.. His two other First-Class matches were both for the Gentlemen of Nottinghamshire v the Players of Nottinghamshire; in the first, in 1842, he batted at 11 and scored 0 and 0no, despite this he opened in the second match, two years later, and improved only marginally, making 2 and 0.  He never reached double figures in any of his First-Class innings.

The away match against Hampshire was notable as the game that Thomas Barker had to miss when  he broke his leg falling out of a cab and Francis Noyes was given permission to bat twice for Notts - still the only time a batter has played four innings in the same game for the county.

He was baptised on 12 November 1817 at St Peter's Nottingham the son of Samuel, a wine merchant, and Catherine Maltby of The Poultry. Maltby was educated at Repton and St John’s College, Cambridge and was ordained in Lincoln in 1841. He married Eliza Surplice – and excellent name for the spouse of a cleric – in 1842 and for a while they lived in Edwalton.  Whilst in Nottingham he served on the committee of the Nottingham Forest cricket ground.

In 1851, he had moved to Shropshire and had re-located again to London when he died at Kidbrook Lodge, Blackheath on 7 April 1869.


November 2023

Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 52

See Rev Henry Maltby's career stats here