Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
|One-day name||Notts Outlaws|
List A captain|
Ross Taylor |
Dan Christian (T20)
Ish Sodhi (T20)
|Home ground||Trent Bridge|
|FP Trophy/YB40/Royal London One Day Cup wins||3|
|T20 Blast wins||1|
|B&H Cup wins||1|
|Official website:||Nottinghamshire CCC|
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Nottinghamshire. The club's limited overs team is called the Notts Outlaws. Nottinghamshire teams formed by earlier organisations since 1771, essentially the old Nottingham Cricket Club, had senior status and so the county club is rated accordingly from inception: i.e., classified by substantial sources as holding important match status from 1841 to 1894; classified as an official first-class team from 1895 by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the County Championship clubs; classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963; and classified as a senior Twenty20 team since 2003.
The club plays most of its home games at the Trent Bridge cricket ground in West Bridgford, Nottingham, which is also a venue for Test matches. The club has played matches at numerous other venues in the county. Their kit colours are dark green with a gold/yellow trim for the Natwest T20 Blast and more yellow dominant for the Royal London One Day Cup.
First XI honours
- Champion County (8) – 1865, 1871, 1872, 1875, 1880, 1884, 1885, 1886; shared (7) – 1868, 1869, 1873, 1879, 1882, 1883, 1889
- County Championship (6) - 1907, 1929, 1981, 1987, 2005, 2010
- Division Two (1) – 2004
Second XI honours
- 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 – 372* KP Pietersen and JE Morris v Derbyshire at Derby 2001
- 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
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 important matches into the 19th century.
Origin of club
Nottinghamshire as a county team, played its first inter-county match versus Sussex at Brown's Ground, Brighton on 27, 28 and 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 while 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, the first season of Chris Read's captaincy, they came close to winning both the County Championship and NatWest Pro40 outright, losing to Hampshire on the final day and Sussex on the final ball respectively. 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. 2013 brought a second major trophy of the Read era with victory in the YB40 one-day competition. While further titles and a first T20 Blast success have eluded them, Notts have remained a fixture in the First Division of the Championship this decade under Read's long-running captaincy, also featuring a number of England players including Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Alex Hales, James Taylor and Samit Patel.
- No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of his shirt.
denotes players with international caps.
- county cap. denotes a player who has been awarded a
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|2||Jake Libby||3 January 1993||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|3||Chris Nash||19 May 1983||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|10||Alex Hales* ||3 January 1989||Right-handed||Right arm medium||List A & T20 only; |
England white-ball contract
|24||Ross Taylor ||8 March 1984||Right-handed||Right arm off break||Overseas player|
|26||Ben Slater||26 August 1991||Left-handed||Right arm slow||On loan from Derbyshire |
Joining permanently at end of 2018 season
|31||William Fraine||13 June 1996||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|66||Billy Root||5 August 1992||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|—||Kraigg Brathwaite ||1 December 1992||Right-handed||Right arm off break||Overseas player|
|5||Steven Mullaney*||19 November 1986||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast||Club Captain|
|21||Samit Patel* ||30 November 1984||Right-handed||Slow left arm orthodox|
|29||Paul Coughlin||23 October 1992||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|54||Dan Christian* ||4 May 1983||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium||T20 captain; |
Overseas player (T20 only)
|9||Riki Wessels*||12 November 1985||Right-handed||—||England qualified|
|23||Tom Moores||4 September 1996||Left-handed||—|
|—||Ben Duckett ||17 October 1994||Left-handed||—||On loan from Northamptonshire |
Joining permanently at end of 2018 season
|7||Mark Footitt||25 November 1985||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|8||Stuart Broad* ||24 June 1986||Left-handed||Right arm fast-medium||England test contract|
|11||Harry Gurney* ||25 October 1986||Right-handed||Left arm fast|
|14||Luke Wood||2 August 1995||Left-handed||Left arm medium|
|16||Matt Milnes||29 July 1994||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|17||Ben Kitt||18 January 1995||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|19||Luke Fletcher*||18 September 1988||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|20||Matthew Carter||26 May 1996||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|28||Jake Ball* ||14 March 1991||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium||England white-ball contract|
|61||Ish Sodhi ||31 October 1992||Right-handed||Right arm leg break||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|80||Jack Blatherwick||4 June 1998||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
Notable former players
- William Clarke (founder of Trent Bridge and the All-England Eleven)
- George Parr (known as "The Lion of the North")
- William Gunn (co-founder of Nottingham-based cricket equipment manufacturer Gunn & Moore)
- John Jackson (roundarm fast bowler)
- Alfred Shaw
- Arthur Shrewsbury (England opening batsman)
- Ted Alletson (mediocre blocker turned record-breaking biffer)
- W.W. ('Dodger') Whysall (prolific run scorer and England Test player)
- George Gunn
- Harold Larwood (England fast bowler)
- Bill Voce (formed an outstanding fast bowling partnership with Larwood for county and country)
- Joe Hardstaff junior (batsman who played for England with some success)
- Reg Simpson (prolific batsman who played for England)
- Sir Gary Sobers (West Indies all rounder)
- Sir Richard Hadlee (New Zealand all-rounder)
- Derek Randall (England batsman and star fielder)
- Clive Rice (South African master-tactician)
- Tim Robinson (England opening batsman)
- Chris Broad (England opening batsman)
- Bruce French (England wicketkeeper)
- Franklyn Stephenson (West Indian all-rounder, achieved the 1000 runs/100 wickets season "double" in 1988)
- Chris Cairns (New Zealand all-rounder)
- Kevin Pietersen (South African-born England batsman and captain)
- Stephen Fleming (New Zealand's longest-serving Test and ODI captain)
- Kevin O'Brien (cricketer) (Irish all rounder and holder of the record for the fastest World Cup century)
- Tamim Iqbal (Opening Batsman of Bangladesh and ex-vice-captain)
- James Taylor (England international batsman who retired due to a heart condition)
- Chris Read (England wicketkeeper who captained Notts for 10 seasons)
Players with most first-class appearances
- William Clarke (1830–1855)
- George Parr (1856–1870)
- Richard Daft (1871–1880)
- William Oscroft (1881–1882)
- Alfred Shaw (1883–1886)
- Mordecai Sherwin (1887–1888)
- John Dixon (1889–1899)
- Arthur Jones (1900–1914)
- Arthur Carr (1919–1934)
- George Heane (1935)
- Stuart Rhodes (1935)
- George Heane (1936–1946)
- William Sime (1947–1950)
- Reg Simpson (1951–1960)
- John Clay (1961)
- Andrew Corran (1962)
- Geoff Millman (1963–1965)
- Norman Hill (1966–1967)
- Garfield Sobers (1968–1972)
- Brian Bolus (1972)
- Garfield Sobers (1973)
- Jack Bond (1974)
- Mike Smedley (1975–1979)
- Clive Rice (1979–1987)
- Tim Robinson (1988–1995)
- Paul Johnson (1996–1998)
- Jason Gallian (1998–2004)
- Stephen Fleming (2005–2007)
- Chris Read (2008-2017)
- Steven Mullaney (2018 to date)
- 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.
- Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006).
- Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998).
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- ACS (1982). A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles. Nottingham: ACS.
- Birley, p. 145.
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- "Twenty20 events played by Nottinghamshire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- Cricket grounds in Nottinghamshire. Retrieved on 18 March 2010.
- J. Pycroft The Cricket Field: Or the History and Science of the Game of Cricket (1868), p. 44
- Nottinghamshire Club Captains. Retrieved on 6 February 2011.
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- Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
- Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions