Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
is one of the 18 major county
clubs which make up the English 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 yellow trim and the shirt sponsors are Abacus Sports Lighting.
The club plays most of its home games at the attractive Trent Bridge Ground in West Bridgford, just outside Nottingham, which is also a venue for Test matches. The club has also played games around and outside the county at Worksop, Cleethorpes and Newark.
In the 2005 season, Notts won Division One of the County Championship, this being the club's fifth title since 1890. However, in 2006, they were relegated from the County Championship First Division after an innings and 245 run defeat to Sussex combined with Yorkshire and Durham drawing with each other in the last round of matches. The following season they were promoted as runners up to Somerset.
Notts were close runners-up in the 2006 Twenty20 Cup, losing to Leicestershire after a thrilling finals day at Trent Bridge.
- Champion County (10) - 1853, 1862, 1865, 1871, 1872, 1875, 1880, 1884, 1885, 1886; shared (9) - 1852, 1868, 1869, 1873, 1878, 1879, 1882, 1883, 1889
- County Championship (5) - 1907, 1929, 1981, 1987, 2005
- Division Two (1) - 2004
- Gillette/NatWest/C&G Trophy (1) - 1987
- Sunday/National League (1) - 1991
- Twenty20 Cup (0) -
- Benson & Hedges Cup (1) - 1989
Second XI honours
- Second XI Championship (2) - 1972, 1985; shared (0) -
- Second XI Trophy (0) -
- Minor Counties Championship (0) - ; shared (0) -
Most first-class runs for Nottinghamshire
Qualification - 20000 runs
Most first-class wickets for Nottinghamshire
Qualification - 1000 wickets
- 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 - 303 FH Winrow and PF Harvey v Derbyshire at Nottingham 1947
- 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
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.
For information about first-class cricket in the county before the formation of Notts CCC, see : Nottingham Cricket Club
Origin of club
Nottinghamshire as a county team, played its first inter-county match versus Sussex
at Brown's Ground, Brighton on 27, 28 & 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).
Beloved of Neville Cardus
, Trent Bridge has played host to some of the most famous names of English Cricket. Founding club captain William Clarke
formed the All England Eleven
team which included great players such as Fuller Pilch
and Alfred Mynn
, and laid the foundations for the England international team. It was Shaw's successor as Nottinghamshire captain, George Parr
, who first captained a united England touring team. Early professional greats such as Alfred Shaw
and Arthur Shrewsbury
enabled Nottinghamshire to at least compete with Yorkshire
at their peak.
Thanks largely to the outstanding bowling combination of Tom Wass and Albert Hallam, the county won the County Championship in 1907.
The tearaway paceman Harold Larwood spearheaded Douglas Jardine's successful assault on Don Bradman and the Australian team to claim the Ashes in the infamous bodyline series of 1932-3. A few years earlier, in 1929, he had helped Nottinghamshire to win the County Championship.
Known for astute foreign signings, the club landed the greatest overseas star of them all in Sir Garfield Sobers in the late sixties. Sobers hit Malcolm Nash of Glamorgan for six sixes in an over in a County Championship game.
Nottinghamshire enjoyed one of their strongest teams in the late seventies and early eighties when the ultra professional New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee, South African strongman captain Clive Rice and boyish England batting star Derek Randall led their team to the County Championship in 1981. The club's most successful season came in 1987, as Rice and Hadlee marked their departure with a 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 scale those heights of achievement again, although they did claim a Benson & Hedges Cup in 1989 and a Sunday League title in 1991 under Robinson's captaincy.
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.
Notable former players
Players with most first-class appearances
Captains of the club have included:
Appearances Runs Wickets
Nottinghamshire Facts and Feats
- Nottinghamshire fielded in lounge suits, rather than whites, on the final day against Hampshire at Southampton in May 1930. The home side had needed just one run for a five wicket victory when the extra half hour ended on the second evening but Notts captain A.W. Carr refused to play on. Notts took to the field the next morning in 'civvies', with Barratt and Voce wearing overcoats, and Kennedy hit the winning runs off Voce's second ball.
- George Gunn and his son G.V. Gunn scored centuries in Notts' innings against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1931, thanks to the home side agreeing to extend play for a couple of overs. George finally retired at the age of 53 in 1932 after being hit on the head by an Alf Gover beamer.
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