Friday 18 May 2007 

Play Fantasy Cricket With Notts CCC

Nottinghamshire are paying tribute to some of their greatest players with the creation of a new Hall of Fame - and are inviting fans to get involved by picking their greatest-ever XI.

Over the years Trent Bridge has been graced with some of the all-time greats playing in Notts colours, and club historian Peter Wynne-Thomas has selected 24 of the very best to profile on the official club website, www.nottsccc.co.uk.

Said Peter: “While Nottinghamshire may not have won too many trophies since the war, we have been fortunate enough to see many great players walking down the pavilion steps over the years.

“I’ve been coming to Trent Bridge since 1946 and have seen all of the famous names in action. I based my selection on my thoughts and memories and also the statistical facts on who had performed best for the club.”

Among the players featured are cricketing knights Sir Richard Hadlee and Sir Garry Sobers, as well as fans’ favourites Paul Johnson and Derek Randall.

Peter added: “Some may be surprised at one or two omissions, but I decided the players in my list needed to fulfil two criteria.

“The selection is limited to those who appeared in at least 75 first-class games for Notts after 1945, and I have also excluded the current playing staff, as I think hindsight and future results will determine just how good any of them are.”

Peter has also selected a balanced All-Time XI from the list to be inaugurated into a Notts Hall of Fame, and expects plenty of comment from fans on his selection.

He said: “While my XI is entirely subjective, I believe this team could take on and beat any side in the world.

“Lists of these nature are bound to generate debate and I would be interested to hear from fans who have picked their own XI from the list.”

Anyone who sends in their All-Time XI from the shortlist of 24 will be in with a chance of winning hospitality tickets for two for the third day’s play (SUNDAY JULY 29) of this year’s Trent Bridge npower Test with India.

Full profiles of all 24 players, plus details of how to enter the competition, can be found by visiting www.nottsccc.co.uk.