Joseph Dennis (cricketer)
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A batsman and occasional wicket-keeper, Dennis took part in seven first-class matches for Nottingham, mostly against Sheffield Cricket Club. He also played against Hampshire and, in 1826, he captained Nottingham against a combined Sheffield and Leicester team. At forty-seven, he was the oldest man on his side.
Dennis retired from cricket after the 1828 season because of failing vision, but he was a popular man and, in 1829, he gave in to public pressure and agreed to stage a two-match come-back.
Dennis was landlord of the Eclipse Inn at Chapel Bar in Nottingham and had a reputation for gambling: in 1815, he laid £120 on a local match and won.
On 16 November 1831, Dennis suffered a stroke while in the Bell Inn and was carried by its landlord, Mr Clarke, back to the Eclipse, where he died shortly afterwards, only a month after the death of his wife. Nottinghamshire author John Frost Sutton observed that "his name lived on in the memories of thousands".