Known for his erratic and violent demeanor, he played first class for Derbyshire for 27 years.
He made his debut for Derbyshire in 1898.
After his playing career, he took to umpiring cricket matches.
His son, Robert Bestwick, also played for Derbyshire, and the two shared the pitch together a few times.
He belongs to a long line of famous Derbyshire cricketers, which includes stars such as Ian Bishop.