A right-arm fast medium bowler and right-handed lower order batsman John Rawlin, father of E.R. (Yorkshire) was born at Greasborough, Rotherham, Yorkshire in 1856. He represented his native Yorkshire 27 times between 1880 and 1885 before moving south to represent Middlesex in 229 matches between 1889 and 1909. He bagged 659 wickets (av. 20.15) with a best haul of 8 for 29 versus Gloucestershire at Bristol in 1893. His best season was 1894 when he achieved 104 wickets (av. 14.53). He scored 5,680 runs (av. 17.57) with a single three figure score of 100 against arch rivals from south of the River Thames, Surrey at the Oval in 1901. He held 159 catches and despite not playing Test cricket for England, in 1887/88 he toured Australia with G.F. Vernon's XI. He died at his place of birth in 1924.