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Bartholomew Good

Bartholomew Good, from Market Rasen, was the batsman who hit the winning run when Nottinghamshire first beat Sussex in 1835.

Always known as 'Billy' he was left-handed both as a batsman and bowler.

Though a powerfully-built fellow, he had a delicate constitution which a reporter noted 'was not improved by his winter avocation as conductor of a Paddington omnibus'.

Good was employed as ground-bowler at Lord's from 1836. He first turns up in matches in Nottingham in 1831 and the same summer made his debut for Nottingham, playing in 15 matches between that year and 1843.

His batting was noted for the off-drive, as well as his leg hitting. He was a slow round-arm bowler. His form suddenly deserted him in 1843 and he went sadly downhill.

To quote the biography again: 'When a man loses his play suddenly, as this professional did, when not advanced in years and of steady habits, it is usually from constitutional weakness'.

Much liked and respected, being particularly good-tempered and merry-hearted, Good died in Kensington in 1848.

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