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Full name Jim Hilton
Born December 29, 1930, Werneth, Oldham, Lancashire
Died November 26, 2008, Royal Oldham Hospital, Oldham, Lancashire (aged 77 years 333 days)
Major teams Lancashire, Somerset
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - MJ Hilton
Jim Hilton, whose older brother Malcolm played for England, began his career at Old Trafford where he made eight appearances as a lower-middle order batsman even though he had been used as an allrounder in his many 2nd XI outings. Unable to break into the first team, he moved to Taunton in 1954 where he immediately secured a regular place, but the return of Brain Langford from National Service once again meant he was relegated to the sidelines. Although he played regularly in 1957, he quit at the end of the summer. Over four seasons he took 133 wickets at 26.48 for Somerset, with a best of 7 for 98 against Warwickshire.
He then had spells as a professional at Scottish club Kelburne, Fleetwood in the Northern League before finishing at Werneth. He subsequently coached and held an MCC advanced coaching qualification, and for three years was president of the Lancashire ex-players' association. In his retirement he ran a pub. He was also a good footballer and had trials for Torquay United and Accrington Stanley.
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