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John Hilton

John Hilton was born in Mansfield in 1792.

Much of his cricket was presumably for Mansfield, but the details are lost.

He was 37 when first chosen for Nottingham 'a successful underhand slow bowler, John Hilton was born in Mansfield in 1792. He was 37 when first chosen for Nottingham, 'a successful underhand slow bowler, but never much of a bat', notes an old report.

His final match of three came in 1830, though he appeared for County v Town in 1837 aged 45 when the Nottingham Review comments:

'The old'un from Mansfield was again brought into the field but it was no go, the steel being worked out of him – he is slow and too low in delivery'.

Hilton was landlord of the Grove Tavern in Mansfield, but he was reported to have died when enquiries were made in 1873.

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