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William Hewitt

William Hewitt's obituary contains an amusing story, worthy of repetition:

'He was ever a somewhat eccentric man, and had occasionally to be placed under restraint. On one of these occasions he was taken out of the Asylum in order to play for his county and he succeeded in obtaining the highest score. On returning to one of the booths, he declared "the ball was as big as a hat, and I couldn't miss it. I suggest you bring more madman into the field and we would win more matches."'

He then returned to his place of refuge (i.e. the asylum) very quietly! Born in Beeston in 1795 his batting was noted for Beeston whilst a teenager and he played on and off until 1833. A lacemaker by occupation, he died in his home village in 1870.

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