Tom Sherman (leftmost in the picture above) was born in Mitcham in 1825.
His first recorded game was as a 19 year old in 1844 and he continued to play regularly for Mitcham. He was a right arm fast bowler, ending his career (82 1st class matches) with 344 wickets at 14.95. Wicket-keeper Herbert Strudwick asked him about his bowling,
Sherman, of course, was no slouch. Charles Lawrence, captain-coach of the 1866 Aboriginal Tour of England, the 1st ever tour of England by an Australian team, said of him,
Sherman turned out regularly for Surrey, bat he played for Lancashire in 1851 (his uncle's adopted county) and for a variety of England XIs, including sides selected by William "Old" Clarke. He himself had a go at running professional sides, the new All England XI from 1858 to 1862 and the new United South of England XI in 1875-76.
He lived in a Mitcham and the surrounding area most of his life. In the 1851 Census he is recorded living in London Road with his mother and 2 sisters, occupation block cutter. Ten years later he is married to Emily Bass and working as a shoemaker in Wallington. Then in 1871 and 1881 he is back in Mitcham, in Queens Road with four children.
Having ended his Surrey cricket career as a player in 1870, Sherman coached cricket at several leading schools, including Elton and Harrow.
He died aged 85 in 1911, from pneumonia developed after being knocked down by a pony and trap in St.Mark's Road, Mitcham.