David Nosworthy

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David Nosworhty
Personal information
Full name David Owen Nosworthy
Born (1967-12-25) 25 December 1967 (age 49)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium, off break
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1989–1991 Northern Transvaal
1991–1996 Border
FC debut 8 December 1988 South African Defence Force v Boland
Last FC 15 December 1995 Border B v Western Transvaal
LA debut 18 October 1991 Border v Northern Transvaal
Last LA 24 February 1995 Border v Western Province
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 29 14
Runs scored 1,451 244
Batting average 28.45 24.40
100s/50s 1/8 0/2
Top score 141* 69
Balls bowled 110
Wickets 1
Bowling average 69.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/57
Catches/stumpings 9/– 1/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 February 2013

David Owen Nosworthy (born 25 December 1967) is a South African former cricketer. A right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium and off break bowler, he enjoyed modest success as a player playing 29 first-class matches and 14 list A games, but has made his name as a coach and his portfolio of first-class coaching roles include the South African franchises Highveld Lions and Nashua Titans, in New Zealand with Canterbury and in England with Somerset.

Early years and playing career[edit]

Nosworthy was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on Christmas Day, 1967 and took up cricket at a young age whilst growing up in Johannesburg. He played cricket for Grey High School in Port Elizabeth where he broke the great batsman Graeme Pollock's record for the most runs in a school season.[1] As a young player he played in England for Yorkshire club side Marsden CC.[1]

Nosworthy made his first class debut in December 1988 for a South African Defence Force XI against Boland, the match was drawn with Nosworthy batting at number 3 scoring 14 and 5.[2] It took Nosworthy a further two seasons to record his first first-class half century, scoring 85 for Northern Transvaal B against Natal B in December 1990.[3] Nosworthy moved from Northern Transvaal to Border cricket team at the end of the 1990/91 season. Nosworthy made the only first-class century of his career whilst captaining the Border B side against Easterns in November 1995, playing in a team including future South Africa test wicket-keeper Mark Boucher, Nosworthy scored 141 not out in his side's draw in match which turned out to be his second last first-class game.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from playing he delved into the business world for a few years,[5] before in 2000 taking up a coaching role with the Pretoria based franchise, the Nashua Titans where he led them to two T20 trophies and numerous finals. During his time with the Titans he was also appointed as the South Africa U19 Head Coach on a tour to England and the South Africa A team Head Coach in a series against the Sri Lankans. Nosworthy left the Titans in March 2005,[6] and following this was briefly the head coach of the United Cricket Board's (now Cricket South Africa) National Academy.

Nosworthy then left South Africa for New Zealand where he in July 2005 he was appointed head coach of the Canterbury cricket team,[7] Nosworthy lead the team to a State Championship title in 2007–08 and victories in the State Shield and the Twenty20 competition in 2005–06. In 2007, Nosworthy was appointed as the coach for the New Zealand A team tour to Australia as part of the Emerging Players tournament.[8] In June 2007 it was also reported that Nosworthy had applied for the Indian national team position.

On 16 June 2008, Nosworthy quit as head coach of Canterbury to take charge of South African franchise the Johannesburg-based Highveld Lions, with Nosworthy explaining that "opportunity to coach a South African first-class side at one of the world's best Test venues was too good to turn down."[9] Nosworthy spent four years with the Lions before in June 2012 resigning his post 11 months before the end of his contract, although he did not win a trophy during his time with the Lions they reached two Twenty20 finals and qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 on two occasions.[10]

In December 2012, Nosworthy was appointed as Somerset County Cricket Club's Director of Cricket, following Brian Rose who stepped down at the end of the 2012 season.[11] On 29 August 2014, Somerset announced that Nosworthy was to leave his position at the end of the 2014 season.[12]


  1. ^ a b Nosworthy, David (19 May 2007). "The Coach's View: Dave Nosworthy" (Interview). Interview with Andy Mellon. World A-Team. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "South African Defence Force v Boland, at Windhoek, 8–10 December 1988". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Northern Transvaal B v Natal B, at Verwoerdburg, 20–22 December 1990". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Easterns v Border B, at Springs, 24–26 November 1995". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dave Nosworthy Appointed as Somerset's Director of Cricket". Somerset CCC. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "No contract extension for Titans coach". ESPNCricinfo. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Canterbury appoint Nosworthy as coach". ESPNCricinfo. 26 July 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Three apply for India coaching job – report". ESPNCricinfo. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Nosworthy quits as Canterbury coach". ESPNCricinfo. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Moonda, Firdose (25 June 2012). "Nosworthy adds to coach exodus". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Somerset appoint Dave Nosworthy as director of cricket". BBC Sport. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nosworthy to leave Somerset". ESPNcricinfo. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

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