Vincent Tinley was the second of the three cricketing brothers that represented Nottinghamshire, though he played in just one First-Class game for the county. In that match, against Kent at Trent Bridge in June 1864, he was bowled by Edgar Willsher for nine in his only knock – it was possibly fortunate that the umpires were not called upon to judge the dismissal as one of them was his brother Francis.

His selection for the Kent fixture was largely due to the absence of three established Notts cricketers – including the third brother Robert (always known as ‘Cris’ from his middle name of Crispin) – on tour in Australia.  Vincent Tinley had previously played two First-Class games – Roses matches home and away versus Yorkshire – for Lancashire in 1851.  His First-Class record therefore stands at three games, five innings (one not-out), 41 runs, highest score 13 (v Yorkshire at Manchester) with an average of 10.25; he took one catch.

In 1849, all three Tinley brothers played in the XXII of Newark v the All England Eleven (AEE); whilst Vincent was the most successful with the bat, scoring 37 in Newark’s first innings, Cris and Frank shared the bowling and the wickets – Cris taking 12 in the match and Frank the other eight.  The brothers were just as likely to be on opposing sides as each made appearances for and against the All England Eleven.  When Lincolnshire XXII played the AEE in 1862, Vincent was twice dismissed ct Daft b RC Tinley, for 8 and 6.

Vincent Tinley was considered an excellent wicket-keeper and useful bat and a lob bowler, though rarely used as such.  His highest known score was 62 for Southwell v Newark in 1845; his best bowling was 8-12 for Devon, again versus AEE, in 1852. In addition to the Southwell club, he had engagements with Manchester, Torquay and Lowestoft. 

He was born in Southwell on 26 January 1828 and died in Pym Street, Nottingham on 19 November 1899; at the time of his death, his occupation was given as ‘stationary engine driver’.


July 2020

Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 104

See Vincent Tinley's career stats here