Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club: competitions
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Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club: an overview of the England cricket team
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club represents the county of the same name in the County Championship. The team that competes in competitions with limited overs is called Notts Outlaws.
It is known that first-class matches were regularly held in Nottinghamshire already in the 30s of the XIX century. Nevertheless, the decision to found its own club was made only in 1841. One of the ideological inspirers of the event was a local native, William Clarke, who is still considered an iconic figure in the history of British cricket. He not only had a hand in creating the Nottingham Club but also founded the All-England Eleven, one of the first professional cricket teams to participate in matches across the country, traveling by the increasingly popular railways. Among other things, he acted as the creator of Trent Bridge – the home ground of Nottingham.
In 1859, George Parr became the team’s captain, which opened a new page in its history. Ten years later, the first president of Nottingham, Sir Henry Bromley, was elected; thanks to his efforts, a whole constellation of outstanding players joined the team, starting with Alfred Shaw and ending with Arthur Shrewsbury. Thanks to them, Nottingham gradually gained a reputation as a serious opponent and won the County Championship for the first time in 1907.
In the interwar period, Nottingham managed to take another trophy. During these years, players such as Harold Larwood and Bill Voce (bowlers), as well as George Gunn and Walter Keeton (batsmen), shone on the field. It is noteworthy that the latter was awarded an invitation to the test team.
The 50s turned into a series of failures for Nottingham. Things didn’t go well for the team until the signing of Australian bowler Bruce Dooland, but Nottingham was really able to wake up only in the second half of the 60s when the legendary Garfield Sobers joined the club. The club’s statistics in the County Championship have improved, but even the most loyal fans could not help but admit that the attack still lacks power.
The most successful season in Nottingham’s history came in 1981, when several foreigners played for the team, starting with New Zealander Richard Hadlee and ending with South African captain Clive Rice. Having won the main trophy of the County Championship, the club repeated this success in 1987, simultaneously winning the NatWest Trophy. During this period, batsmen Chris Broad and Tim Robinson come to the fore (the latter soon becomes captain). Even though Nottingham failed to compete for first place in the County Championship in subsequent seasons, two years later, they won the Benson & Hedges Cup and, a little later, the Sunday League.
It is interesting to note that even the presence of such outstanding bowlers as Kevin Cooper had almost no effect on the reputation of Nottingham, which continued to be considered a “batsman’s club”. Gradually, the success of local cricketers faded away, and after a few years, the club was sent to the second division. However, the relocation turned out to be short-lived – having won this championship, a year later, the Nottinghamians had a convincing victory in the County Championship for the first time in a while (2005). And although the team captain, New Zealander Stephen Fleming, could not lead it to a second triumph in a row, Nottingham achieved success in the shortened format competitions, making it to the T20 Cup final.
In 2008, the team was led by Chris Read, and two years later, Nottingham again took the main trophy of the County Championship. In 2013, they won the YB40 one-day competition, and, although subsequent seasons were not so successful, Nottingham was able to gain a foothold in the first division, at the same time replenishing the squad with local natives (Alex Hales, James Taylor and others). In 2017, the club won the T20 Blast trophy for the first time, and in 2020 took the second trophy.
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club: awards
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Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club: records
- The most significant number of runs for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club in first-class matches was recorded by George Gunn – 31,592.
- The most effective bowler in the history of the club (first-class matches) was Thomas Wass – 1,653 wickets.
- The maximum number of matches for the club in competitions at all levels was held by Derek Randall, who played from 1971 to 1993.
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club: club legends
Apart from the founders of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Barbadian Garfield Sobers, who joined the team in 1968 (inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009), is among the legendary figures.
Batsman Derek Randall, who led the club to the 1981 championship, is a recognized old-timer of Nottingham, as is Tim Robinson, who played for the main squad for more than 20 years.