In 1872 he was playing for Chesterfield Cricket Club. He began his county cricket career with Derbyshire in the 1874 season. Although his wicket cost of only four runs, Tye had little further bowling opportunity in the Derbyshire side where there was a wealth of bowlers.
He played the return match against Lancashire and a match against Kent.
In 1874 he also played in an assortment of matches for Derbyshire against Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire United and United South of England. In the 1875 season he only played one match which was against the United North of England Eleven.
In 1876 Tye moved to his home county of Nottinghamshire where he played 17 matches. Tye was a tailend batsman during his time at Nottinghamshire.
In 1877 he was unable to match these figures and ended playing just one match in 1878 and two in 1881.
Tye was a right-arm roundarm fast bowler and took 45 first class wickets at an average of 24.49 and a best performance of 5 for 41. He was a right-handed batsman and played 38 innings in 24 matches with an average of 7.53 and a top score of 48. By 1880 Tye moved to Brighouse, where he was a publican at the Round House Inn.
He played cricket for Brighouse cricket club and is noted as taking 10 wickets in a match in 1881.
Foreign the club from 1880 to 1897 he scored over 5,000 runs and took 823 wickets of which 627 were clean bowled. Tye died in Rastrick, Yorkshire at the age of 57.