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Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Nottinghamshire. Its limited overs team is called the Nottinghamshire Outlaws. 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.

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 which are listed in full on CricketArchive.[1]


  • Honours 1
    • First XI honours 1.1
    • Second XI honours 1.2
  • Records 2
  • Earliest cricket 3
  • Origin of club 4
  • History 5
  • Players 6
    • Current squad 6.1
  • Notable former players 7
  • Players with most first-class appearances 8
  • Club captains 9
  • References 10
  • Further reading 11
  • External links 12


First XI honours

Division Two (1) – 2004

Second XI honours


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

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 first-class cricket 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 John Gunn and Wilfred Payton were also prominent.

Between the wars Notts enjoyed the services of the famous bowlers 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 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

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

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:[2]


  1. ^ Cricket grounds in Nottinghamshire. Retrieved on 18 March 2010.
  2. ^ Nottinghamshire Club Captains. Retrieved on 6 February 2011.

Further reading

External links

  • Notts CCC homepage
  • A history of cricket and cricketers in Nottinghamshire
  • Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club on Twitter

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