Full name John Gordon Dewes
Born October 11, 1926, North Latchford, Cheshire
Died May 12, 2015 (aged 88 years 213 days)
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Middlesex
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 14-18, 1948 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 22-27, 1950 scorecard|
|First-class span||1945 - 1957|
John Dewes was a left-handed opening batsman of whom much was expected but who ultimately failed to live up to his early potential. In 1945 he was one of three relative unknowns included in the England side for the 'Victory' Test against Australia at Lord's (it was his first-class debut). His form for Cambridge earlier that summer, including scored 1000 runs in May in minor matches, led to his call-up. He continued to pile on runs for Cambridge - he shared a record unbeaten stand of 429 with Hubert Doggart against Essex in 1949, and a year earlier smashed 212 against Sussex. He made his Test debut in 1948, but in ten innings between then and 1950-51 he only reached double figures three times, passing fifty just once. His star continued to wane, although he still showed glimpses of his ability; in 1955 he made 644 in seven matches. His teaching duties took up more of his time after 1950 - he was master at Tonbridge, Rugby and Dulwich - and he subsequently became a headmaster in Australia. He was also a hockey Blue, and his son, Anthony, won a cricket Blue in 1978.
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