Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
One-day name Notts Outlaws
Captain Steven Mullaney
One-day captain List A captain
Steven Mullaney
T20 captain
Dan Christian
Coach Peter Moores
Overseas player(s) Ross Taylor
Kraigg Brathwaite
Dan Christian (T20)
Ish Sodhi (T20)
Team information
Founded 1841
Home ground Trent Bridge
Capacity 17,500
First-class debut Sussex
in 1835
at Brighton
Championship wins 6
Pro40 wins 1
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;[1][2] classified as an official first-class team from 1895 by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the County Championship clubs;[3] classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963;[4] and classified as a senior Twenty20 team since 2003.[5]

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.[6] 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

Division Two (1) – 2004

Second XI honours


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 – 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

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.[7] 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.


Current squad

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of his shirt.
  • denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
2Jake Libby England3 January 1993Right-handedRight arm off break
3Chris Nash England19 May 1983Right-handedRight arm off break
10Alex Hales*  England3 January 1989Right-handedRight arm mediumList A & T20 only;
England white-ball contract
24Ross Taylor  New Zealand8 March 1984Right-handedRight arm off breakOverseas player
26Ben Slater England26 August 1991Left-handedRight arm slowOn loan from Derbyshire
Joining permanently at end of 2018 season
31William Fraine England13 June 1996Right-handedRight arm medium-fast
66Billy Root England5 August 1992Left-handedRight arm off break
Kraigg Brathwaite  West Indies1 December 1992Right-handedRight arm off breakOverseas player
5Steven Mullaney*  England19 November 1986Right-handedRight arm medium-fastClub Captain
21Samit Patel*  England30 November 1984Right-handedSlow left arm orthodox
29Paul Coughlin England23 October 1992Right-handedRight arm fast-medium
54Dan Christian*  Australia4 May 1983Right-handedRight arm fast-mediumT20 captain;
Overseas player (T20 only)
9Riki Wessels*  Australia12 November 1985Right-handedEngland qualified
23Tom Moores England4 September 1996Left-handed
Ben Duckett  England17 October 1994Left-handedOn loan from Northamptonshire
Joining permanently at end of 2018 season
7Mark Footitt England25 November 1985Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
8Stuart Broad*  England24 June 1986Left-handedRight arm fast-mediumEngland test contract
11Harry Gurney*   England25 October 1986Right-handedLeft arm fast
14Luke Wood England2 August 1995Left-handedLeft arm medium
16Matt Milnes England29 July 1994Right-handedRight arm fast-medium
17Ben Kitt England18 January 1995Right-handedRight arm medium-fast
19Luke Fletcher*  England18 September 1988Right-handedRight arm medium-fast
20Matthew Carter England26 May 1996Right-handedRight arm off break
28Jake Ball*  England14 March 1991Right-handedRight arm fast-mediumEngland white-ball contract
61Ish Sodhi  New Zealand31 October 1992Right-handedRight arm leg breakOverseas player (T20 only)
80Jack Blatherwick England4 June 1998Right-handedRight 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:[8]

See also


  1. 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.
  2. Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006).
  3. Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998).


  1. ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. ACS (1982). A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles. Nottingham: ACS.
  3. Birley, p. 145.
  4. "List A events played by Nottinghamshire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  5. "Twenty20 events played by Nottinghamshire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  6. Cricket grounds in Nottinghamshire. Retrieved on 18 March 2010.
  7. J. Pycroft The Cricket Field: Or the History and Science of the Game of Cricket (1868), p. 44
  8. Nottinghamshire Club Captains. Retrieved on 6 February 2011.

Further reading

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