Edward (Lumpy) Stevens (1735 – 1819), the most famous bowler of his age, changed the face of cricket.
In 1772, cricket was played with two stumps and only a single bail. In a match against the famous Hambledon Cricket Club, Lumpy Stevens bowled the ball between the two stumps, without dislodging the bail and each time the batsman, John Small, was given not out. This caused a huge outcry.
Two years later the rules were revised and the third stump was introduced. The first match played with three stumps took place at the Burway ground on 6th September 1776 between Chertsey and Coulsden.
Edward Stevens became a semi-professional cricketer, whilst still employed as a gardener, playing for the national side. He died in 1821 and is buried in the churchyard of St. Marys Church, Walton-upon-Thames.
William ‘Silver Billy’ Beldham (1766- 1862), an outstanding early cricketer, born Wrecclesham, Surrey, was for a long time the leading batsman in the country, playing both for Surrey and the MCC.
His first class career lasted from 1801 until 1821 when he played at Lords aged 55.
He retired to become landlord at the Barleymow, Tilford and made bats for local clubs.