Tony Nicholson

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Tony Nicholson
Personal information
Full name Anthony George Nicholson
Born (1938-06-25)25 June 1938
Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England
Died 4 November 1985(1985-11-04) (aged 47)
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1962–1975 Yorkshire
First-class debut 7 July 1962
Yorkshire v Essex
Last First-class 16 September 1975
Yorkshire v Essex
List A debut 12 June 1963
Yorkshire v Sussex
Last List A 31 August 1975
Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 283 120
Runs scored 1,669 155
Batting average 11.75 6.45
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 50 15*
Balls bowled 47,406 0
Wickets 879 5,862
Bowling average 19.76 17.05
5 wickets in innings 40 4
10 wickets in match 3 n/a
Best bowling 9-76 6-27
Catches/stumpings 85/0 16/0
Source: CricketArchive, 27 September 2007

Anthony George "Tony" Nicholson (25 June 1938–4 November 1985) was an English cricketer: a medium-pace bowler who played county cricket for Yorkshire between 1962 and 1975. Of 403 matches at first-class and List A level, only one — a game for MCC against Scotland in 1963 — was not for Yorkshire.
Prior to joining the County club, he was a policeman in Southern Rhodesia.[1]

Nicholson took 879 first-class wickets at an excellent average of 19.75; writing many years later, James Lawton in the Independent said that Nicholson "simply despised batsmen".[2] He claimed 100 wickets in a season twice, in 1966 and 1967. Despite his achievements, he never played for England, although he was selected for the 1964-65 tour of South Africa but had to withdraw injured.[3]
Nicholson's later career was dogged by ill health caused by blood clots in his leg.[4] which contributed to his early death.

Although he never managed international recognition, Nicholson was highly rated by the Yorkshire public.[5] Indeed, the county's Players Association holds a Tony Nicholson Memorial Trophy in his honour.[6] At a time when retirement was greeted with muted thanks by the Committee, Nicholson was paid the warmest possible tribute.[7]


  1. ^ Playfair Cricket Annual 1966
  2. ^ Lawton, James (2001-07-28). "Cricket: Yorkshire galvanised by Clark's winning ways". The Independent. FindArticles. Retrieved 2007-09-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ Obituary. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1986
  4. ^ History of Yorkshire Cricket A Woodhouse
  5. ^ Corbett, Ted (2004-06-04). "Wet start to second Test". The Hindu. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Players set sights on their first 100". Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  7. ^ YCCC Yearbook 1976