Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

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Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club logo.jpeg
One-day name: Nottinghamshire Outlaws
Captain: Chris Read
One-day captain: James Taylor
Coach: Mick Newell
Overseas player(s): Peter Siddle
Dan Christian (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 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 Nottinghamshire Outlaws. Nottinghamshire teams formed by earlier organisations since 1771, essentially the old Nottingham Cricket Club, had major status and so the county club is rated accordingly from inception: i.e., classified as an unofficial first-class team by substantial sources 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 major 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[edit]

Division Two (1) – 2004

Second XI honours[edit]


Team totals

  • 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
  • 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[edit]

Further information: Nottingham Cricket Club

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 major matches into the 19th century.

Origin of club[edit]

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, 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.


Current squad[edit]

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • double-dagger 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
2 Jake Libby  England (1993-01-03) 3 January 1993 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm off break
4 James Taylordouble-dagger  England (1990-01-06) 6 January 1990 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm leg break Captain (List A and T20 cricket)
10 Alex Halesdouble-dagger  England (1989-01-03) 3 January 1989 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium
22 Greg Smith  England (1988-11-16) 16 November 1988 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
23 Sam Wood  England (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 22) Left-handed Right arm off break
45 Michael Lumbdouble-dagger  England (1980-01-03) 3 January 1980 (age 36) Left-handed Right arm medium
71 Billy Root  England (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 23) Left-handed Right arm off break
5 Steven Mullaney  England (1986-11-19) 19 November 1986 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
21 Samit Pateldouble-dagger  England (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 31) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
24 Will Gidman  England (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 31) Left-handed Right arm medium
Dan Christian double-dagger  Australia (1983-05-04) 4 May 1983 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium T20 Only
1 Brendan Taylor double-dagger  Zimbabwe (1986-02-06) 6 February 1986 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm off break Kolpak registration
7 Chris Readdouble-dagger  England (1978-08-10) 10 August 1978 (age 37) Right-handed Right arm off break Club captain (First-class cricket)
9 Riki Wessels  Australia (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 30) Right-handed
8 Stuart Broaddouble-dagger  England (1986-06-24) 24 June 1986 (age 29) Left-handed Right arm fast-medium England central contract
11 Harry Gurneydouble-dagger  England (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 29) Right-handed Left arm fast
14 Luke Wood  England (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 20) Left-handed Left arm medium
19 Luke Fletcher  England (1988-09-18) 18 September 1988 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
26 Brett Hutton  England (1993-02-06) 6 February 1993 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm medium
28 Jake Ball  England (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium
79 Matthew Carter  England (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 19) Right-handed Right arm off break
Peter Siddle double-dagger  Australia (1984-11-24) 24 November 1984 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium Overseas player

Notable former players[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Nottinghamshire CCC players.

Players with most first-class appearances[edit]

Club captains[edit]

A full list of captains of the club from its formation to the present day:[8]


  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.

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