Born at North Latchford, Cheshire in 1926, John Dewes was a left-handed opening batsman, right-arm medium pace bowler and excellent out fielder. Schooled at Aldenham, he went on to Cambridge University where he attained blues all three years between 1948 and 1950. He represented Middlesex from 1948 to 1956 on 62 occasions scoring 8,564 runs (av. 41.77) with eighteen centuries and this included a top score of 212 for Cambridge University versus Sussex at Hove in 1950. He took 2 wickets (av. 33.50) with a best of 1 for 0 and he held 48 catches. He hit 1,000 runs in a season three times with a best of 2,432 runs (av. 59.31) in 1950. He represented England in five Tests between 1948 and 1950/51 scoring 121 runs (av. 12.10) with a top score of 67 and he toured abroad once to Australia and New Zealand in 1950/51. His appearances for Middlesex were restricted during the 1950's by his profession as a teacher. He made his first-class debut at Lord's in 1945 for England versus Australia and his final appearance for L.E.G. Ames' XI in 1957. A good hockey player he gained blues in 1949 and 1950. His son A.R. represented Cambridge University between 1978-79 attaining a blue in 1978.