John Hatfield’s only match for Nottinghamshire was against Surrey at Godalming in 1854. He played for the Players v Gentlemen at Trent Bridge in the same year, but almost all his cricket was for Southwell.

A useful batsman, he was christened in Southwell on March 2, 1831 and was employed as an auctioneer’s clerk.

His father was also John Hatfield and it is difficult to separate the permance of the two in local matches, a problem not helped by the fact that his brother was Joseph. He died in Barnby Gate, Newark on May 14, 1880.