Herbert Tremenheere Hewett was an English amateur first-class cricketer. He played for Somerset, as well as Oxford University and the Marylebone Cricket Club. His highest accolade was being selected to play for the Gentlemen against the Players at Lord’s in 1894. He died in 1901 at the age of 48.
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Herbert Tremenheere Hewett was an English amateur first-class cricketer. He played for Somerset, as well as Oxford University and the Marylebone Cricket Club. A battling left-handed opening batsman, Hewett could post a large score in a short time. He combined an excellent eye with an unorthodox style to be regarded at his peak as one of England’s finest batsmen. Hewett practised as a barrister, having been called to the Bar at the Inner Temple. He was the only son of William Henry and Frances M Hewett, and had at least four daughters. His highest accolade was being selected to play for the Gentlemen against the Players at Lord’s in 1894. In 1895, he was involved in another incident caused by a wet pitch. He left the match at lunch-time on the first day. He made only one further first- class appearance: playing for theMarylebone cricket Club against Oxford University in 1896. He died at his home in Taunton, Somerset, in 1901. He is buried at Norton Court in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunon. He won a Blue at Oxford in 1886 and played for the school’s cricket first eleven in 1882 and 1883, and appeared in the annual contest against Eton College in both years, but did little on either occasion. In all matches for Harrow he had a batting average of just 7. 4 in 1883 and 9. 5 in 1884 while his bowling average in 18 84 was 32.
10. In 1884, he made his first appearance for Somerset County Cricket Club at Tunbridge Wells, when he was 20 years old. He joined Somerset Public cricket, but it was not until he forced himself to a prominent place in Somersetshire’s 1884 Freshman’s Match in which he scored zero and took two wickets. He scored 14 and 14 batting as part of the middle order and claimed his only wickets in first class cricket in late August 1884. In that season he made 1,405 runs at an average of more than 35, and was named one of the “Five Batsmen of the Year” by Wisden. He also scored centuries against both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, appearing for a variety of amateur and representative sides. He went on to play cricket for the University of Oxford and Trinity College, Oxford, before retiring at the end of the 1894 season. His last match was for Somerset against Kent in August 1894, and he died at the age of 48. He had been selected to captain an England XI at Scarborough in 1895, but left after being insulted by shouts of derision from the crowd. He never played for England again, and died in 1901 at age of 49. He has been described as a ‘brilliant batsman’ and ‘one of the best batsmen ever to play English cricket’ He was also a keen golfer and was a member of the Royal College of Cricket.
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