Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
One-day name: Nottinghamshire Outlaws
Coach: England Mick Newell
Captain: England Chris Read
Australia David Hussey T20
Overseas player(s): Australia Adam Voges
Australia David Hussey T20
Bangladesh Tamim Iqbal T20
Founded: 1841
Home ground: Trent Bridge
Capacity: 17,000
First-class debut: Sussex
in 1835
at Brighton
Championship wins: 6
Pro40 wins: 1
FP Trophy wins: 1
Twenty20 Cup wins: 0
Official website: Nottinghamshire CCC

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Nottinghamshire, and the current county champions. Its limited overs team is called the Nottinghamshire Outlaws. Their kit colours are dark green with gold/yellow trim for the CB40 and more yellow dominant for FPT20.The shirt sponsors are Capital One and Orchid IT.

The club plays most of its home games at the Trent Bridge Ground in West Bridgford, Nottingham, which is also a venue for Test matches. The club has played matches at numerous other venues which are listed in full on CricketArchive.[1]



  • Champion County[2] (5) - 1875, 1880, 1884, 1885, 1886; shared (6) - 1873, 1878, 1879, 1882, 1883, 1889
  • County Championship (6) - 1907, 1929, 1981, 1987, 2005, 2010
Division Two (1) - 2004
  • Gillette/NatWest/C&G Trophy (1) - 1987
  • Sunday/National League (1) - 1991
  • Twenty20 Cup (0) -
  • Benson & Hedges Cup (1) - 1989

Second XI honours

  • Second XI Championship (2) - 1972, 1985; shared (0) -
  • Second XI Trophy (0) -
  • Minor Counties Championship (0) - ; shared (0) -


Most first-class runs for Nottinghamshire
Qualification - 20000 runs [1]

Player Runs
George Gunn 31592
Tim Robinson 24439
Joe Hardstaff 24249
Walter Keeton 23744
John Gunn 23194
Reg Simpson 23088
Derek Randall 23069
Wilfred Payton 22079
Dodger Whysall 20376
Paul Johnson 20256
Arthur Jones 20244

Most first-class wickets for Nottinghamshire
Qualification - 1000 wickets [2]

Player Wickets
Thomas Wass 1653
Bill Voce 1312
William Attewell 1303
Sam Staples 1268
Harold Larwood 1247
Fred Barratt 1176
Len Richmond 1148
John Gunn 1128
Arthur Jepson 1050

Team totals

  • Highest Total For - 791 v Essex at Chelmsford 2007
  • Highest Total Against - 781-7dec by Northamptonshire at Northampton 1995
  • Lowest Total For - 13 v Yorkshire at Nottingham 1901
  • Lowest Total Against - 16 by Derbyshire at Nottingham 1879


  • Highest Score - 312* WW Keeton v Middlesex at The Oval 1939
  • Most Runs in Season - 2620 WW Whysall in 1929
  • Most Runs in Career - 31592 G Gunn 1902-1932

Best Partnership for each wicket

  • 1st - 406 DJ Bicknell and GE Welton v Warwickshire at Birmingham 2000
  • 2nd - 398 A Shrewsbury and W Gunn v Sussex at Nottingham 1890
  • 3rd - 369 W Gunn and JR Gunn v Leicestershire at Nottingham 1903
  • 4th - 361 AO Jones and JR Gunn v Essex at Leyton 1905
  • 5th - 359 DJ Hussey and CMW Read v Essex at Nottingham 2007
  • 6th - 303 FH Winrow and PF Harvey v Derbyshire at Nottingham 1947
  • 7th - 301 CC Lewis and BN French v Durham at Chester-le-Street 1993
  • 8th - 220 GFH Heane and R Winrow v Somerset at Nottingham 1935
  • 9th - 170 JC Adams and KP Evans v Somerset at Taunton 1994
  • 10th - 152 EB Alletson and W Riley v Sussex at Hove 1911


  • Best Bowling - 10-66 K Smales v Gloucestershire at Stroud 1956
  • Best Match Bowling - 17-89 FCL Matthews v Northamptonshire at Nottingham 1923
  • Wickets in Season - 181 B Dooland in 1954
  • Wickets in Career - 1653 TG Wass 1896-1920

Earliest cricket

The earliest known reference to cricket in the county is the Nottingham Cricket Club v Sheffield Cricket Club match on the Forest Racecourse at Nottingham on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August 1771. The outcome of the game was "not determined on account of a dispute having arisen by one of the Sheffield players being jostled"! The match is the first important inter-county match involving teams from either Nottinghamshire or Yorkshire.

This match involved the old Nottingham town club which continued to play first-class cricket into the 19th century.

For information about first-class cricket in the county before the formation of Notts CCC, see : Nottingham Cricket Club

Origin of club

Nottinghamshire as a county team, played its first inter-county match versus Sussex at Brown's Ground, Brighton on 27, 28 & 29 August 1835. Nottinghamshire was recognised as a first-class county team, rather than a town club team, from 1835 but it is doubtful if the organisation at this time was a formally constituted club.

The formal creation of Nottinghamshire CCC was enacted in March or April 1841 (the exact date has been lost).


Founding club captain William Clarke formed the All-England Eleven team which included great players such as Fuller Pilch and Alfred Mynn. It was Clarke's successor as Nottinghamshire captain, George Parr, who first captained a united England touring team in 1859. Early professional greats such as Alfred Shaw and Arthur Shrewsbury ensured that Notts were a force in the period before 1900. Thanks largely to the outstanding bowling combination of Tom Wass and Albert Hallam, the county won the County Championship in 1907 when George Gunn, John Gunn and Wilfred Payton were also prominent.

Between the wars Notts enjoyed the services of the famous bowlers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce. Strong batting from George Gunn, Arthur Carr and Dodger Whysall saw them emerge as champions in 1929 after losing the title on the final day of the season in 1927. Prior to the second war, opening batsman Walter Keeton gained Test recognition, though the bowling was less effective.

Through the early fifties the team was weak. The signing of the Australian leg break bowler Bruce Dooland, arrested the decline but until the signing of the incomparable Garfield Sobers in 1968, the team was weak. Sobers hit Malcolm Nash of Glamorgan for six sixes in an over in a County Championship game at Swansea in his first season. Mike Harris scored heavily in the 1970s, including nine centuries in 1971 but apart from Barry Stead, the bowling lacked penetration.

Nottinghamshire enjoyed one of their strongest teams in the late seventies and early eighties when the New Zealand all-rounder Richard Hadlee, South African captain Clive Rice and England batsman Derek Randall led the team to the County Championship in 1981. The club's most successful season came in 1987, as Rice and Hadlee marked their departure with the double of County Championship and NatWest Trophy. Chris Broad and Tim Robinson continued the club's long tradition of batting excellence into the England team but for some years the club struggled to repeat those achievements, although they did claim a Benson & Hedges Cup in 1989 and a Sunday League title in 1991 under Robinson's captaincy. Former Warwickshire off spinner Eddie Hemmings made a significant contribution whilst local seam bowler Kevin Cooper was a consistent wicket taker.

The following decade was one of underachievement, but in 2004, Nottinghamshire enjoyed a highly successful season, gaining promotion to both the Frizzell County Championship Division One, after winning Division Two, and also Totesport Division One. In 2005, Nottinghamshire won their first County Championship title since 1987, New Zealand's Stephen Fleming captaining the team to victory. However, the success was not sustained in 2006 and Notts were relegated by a margin of just half a point, although they had more success in the shorter formats and ended up runners-up on their debut appearance at Twenty20 Cup finals day. In 2007, Notts won promotion back to the top flight of the County Championship, finishing second in Division Two. In 2008, they came close to winning both the County Championship and NatWest Pro40 outright, losing to Hampshire on the final day and Sussex in the final ball respectively, and had progressed by 2009 to being the most consistent county in the Championship and leading the division tables.

In 2010, Nottinghamshire made it to Finals Day of the Friends Provident Twenty20 Cup. Drawn against Somerset, Notts lost on the Duckworth Lewis method. However, they won the County Championship on the last day, having lost the preceding two matches, with Somerset in second place tied on points but with one less win.

2011 squad

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Adam Voges  Australia 10 April 1979 (1979-04-10) (age 32) Right-handed Left arm orthodox Overseas player
3 Ali Brown  England 11 February 1970 (1970-02-11) (age 41) Right-handed Right arm off break
15 Neil Edwards  England 14 October 1983 (1983-10-14) (age 28) Left-handed Right arm medium pace
10 Alex Hales  England 3 January 1989 (1989-01-03) (age 22) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
24 Akhil Patel  England 18 June 1990 (1990-06-18) (age 21) Left-handed Slow left arm chinaman
4 Mark Wagh  England 20 October 1976 (1976-10-20) (age 35) Right-handed Right arm off break Retired in June 2011
20 Tamim Iqbal  Bangladesh 20 March 1989 (1989-03-20) (age 22) Left-handed Overseas Player (T20)
41 Andre Adams  New Zealand 17 July 1975 (1975-07-17) (age 36) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium Kolpak registration
16 Stuart Broad  England 24 June 1986 (1986-06-24) (age 25) Left-handed Right arm fast-medium England central contract
8 Paul Franks  England 3 February 1979 (1979-02-03) (age 32) Left-handed Right arm fast-medium Vice-captain
29 David Hussey  Australia 15 July 1977 (1977-07-15) (age 34) Right-handed Right arm off break Overseas player (T20 Captain)
5 Steven Mullaney  England 19 November 1986 (1986-11-19) (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
21 Samit Patel  England 30 November 1984 (1984-11-30) (age 26) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
13 Ben Phillips  England 30 September 1974 (1974-09-30) (age 37) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
6 Graeme Swann  England 24 March 1979 (1979-03-24) (age 32) Right-handed Right arm off break England central contract
87 Graeme White  England 18 April 1987 (1987-04-18) (age 24) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
17 Scott Elstone  England 10 June 1990 (1990-06-10) (age 21) Right-handed Right arm off break
7 Chris Read  England 10 August 1978 (1978-08-10) (age 33) Right-handed Right arm off break Captain
9 Riki Wessels  Australia 12 November 1985 (1985-11-12) (age 26) Right-handed
28 Jake Ball  England 14 March 1991 (1991-03-14) (age 20) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
37 Andy Carter  England 27 August 1988 (1988-08-27) (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
19 Luke Fletcher  England 18 September 1988 (1988-09-18) (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
26 Brett Hutton  England 6 February 1993 (1993-02-06) (age 18) Right-handed Right arm medium pace
14 Darren Pattinson  England 2 August 1979 (1979-08-02) (age 32) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Charlie Shreck  England 6 January 1978 (1978-01-06) (age 33) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium

Notable former players

Players with most first-class appearances

Club captains

A full list of captains of the club from its formation to the present day [3]:

Nottinghamshire facts and feats

  • Nottinghamshire fielded in lounge suits, rather than whites, on the final day against Hampshire at Southampton in May 1930. The home side had needed just one run for a five wicket victory when the extra half hour ended on the second evening but Notts captain A.W. Carr refused to play on. Notts took to the field the next morning in 'civvies', with Barratt and Voce wearing overcoats, and Kennedy hit the winning runs off Voce's second ball.
  • George Gunn and his son G.V. Gunn scored centuries in Notts' innings against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1931, thanks to the home side agreeing to extend play for a couple of overs. George finally retired at the age of 53 in 1932 after being hit on the head by an Alf Gover beamer.


  1. ^ Cricket grounds in Nottinghamshire. Retrieved on 18 March 2010.
  2. ^ An unofficial seasonal title sometimes proclaimed by consensus of media and historians prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship was constituted. Although there are ante-dated claims prior to 1873, when residence qualifications were introduced, it is only since that ruling that any quasi-official status can be ascribed.
  3. ^ Nottinghamshire Club Captains. Retrieved on 6 February 2011.

Further reading

  • H S Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914), George Allen & Unwin, 1962
  • Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
  • Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
  • Roy Webber, The Playfair Book of Cricket Records, Playfair Books, 1951
  • Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack – various editions

External sources

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

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