List of Nelson Cricket Club professionals

Learie Constantine was Nelson's professional between 1929 and 1937

Nelson Cricket Club is a semi-professional cricket club based in the town of Nelson, Lancashire, England. The club plays in the Lancashire League, and has done so since its formation in 1892. The Lancashire League requires that each club plays one professional in each match.[1] Traditionally, clubs in the league have hired a number of international and first-class players. Nelson's first professionals, for the 1892 season, were England Test player, Willis Cuttell and Derbyshire bowler, John Hulme. In 1900, the league rules were amended so that only one professional could be appointed per season. Since then, a number of famous players have represented the club, including Learie Constantine, Kapil Dev and Steve Waugh.[2] Current Australia spin-bowler Nathan Hauritz played for the side in the 2005 season.

As of 2011, former West Indies batsman Keith Arthurton has the highest batting average of all the professionals, attaining an average of 113.66 in 10 matches in the 2000 campaign. Fellow West Indian, Learie Constantine, achieved the highest individual score to date of 192 not out against East Lancashire on 2 August 1937. Australian Joe Scuderi, who played over 120 games for the side in 12 seasons, holds both the professional and amateur records for the most runs in a single season. In 1991, he broke the professional record, amassing 1,414 runs in his first year with Nelson.[2] He went on to surpass the amateur tally in 2005, scoring 1,135 runs.[2] So far, the only professional bowlers to have taken all 10 wickets in an innings were Constantine, who conceded only 10 runs in the process against Accrington on 12 May 1934,[3] and South African medium-pacer Anthonie Ferreira, who achieved the feat against the same club on 25 June 1988.[4]

Professionals

Name Nationality Years Batting Bowling/Fielding
M RS HS BatA O RC W BowlA BF Ct
Willis Cuttell  England 1892–1893 110 2265 97 24.61 1690.4 3808 378 10.07 8–29 54
John Hulme  England 1892
1897–1898
58 1109 114 23.59 942.3 2040 252 8.09 8–40 23
Frank Shacklock  England 1893–1896 72 1165 98 19.41 1083.4 2737 277 9.88 8–77 31
Arthur Wilkinson  England 1894 21 212 34 14.13 177 314 29 10.82 6–24 16
W Muschamp  England 1895 23 87 27* 6.21 7.3 24 1 24.00 1–19 8
George Wood  England 1896–1897 43 727 75 18.64 4.1 27 0 21
RE Adams  England 1898–1899 45 617 59* 19.90 536 1587 124 12.79 7–6 16
Harry Riley  England 1898–1900 48 596 100 17.52 761.3 2132 194 10.98 8–45 6
Arthur Woodley  England 1901 26 118 24 8.42 425.5 1269 71 17.87 9–28 6
George Turnbull  England 1902–1906 123 2025 99 18.92 1988.3 4571 517 8.84 9–5 63
Frank Howard  England 1907 22 231 50 11.55 294.3 676 68 9.94 7–34 12
George Wilson  England 1908–1909 44 571 73* 15.43 686.4 1635 208 7.86 9–60 14
Billy Bestwick  England 1910 9 22 11 3.66 129.4 293 30 9.76 8–35 3
Albert Hallam  England 1911–1913 70 237 29 5.64 1191 2980 279 10.68 10–39 40
Henry Preston  England 1914 22 73 22* 5.61 401 1032 88 11.72 8–36 5
Bill Shipman  England 1915 22 417 72* 19.85 324.4 957 77 12.42 8–28 7
Percy Morfee  England 1919 27 433 86 20.61 372.2 1107 123 9.00 9–48 20
George Geary  England 1920–1921 49 556 42 12.08 752.5 1648 167 9.86 8–29 26
Ted McDonald  Australia 1922–1924 70 1108 69 16.29 973.1 2524 297 8.49 10–18 20
Jimmy Blanckenberg  South Africa 1925–1928 93 2586 143* 32.73 1442 3471 316 10.98 9–41 32
Learie Constantine  West Indies 1929–1937 225 6550 192* 37.21 3303.5 7913 799 9.90 10–10 133
Lala Amarnath  India 1938–1939 49 1072 115 29.77 903.2 1942 187 10.38 9–29 20
Albert Nutter  England 1945 13 296 84 29.60 189.3 397 43 9.23 10–13 0
Albert Hartley  England 1946–1948 71 1014 52* 28.16 1221.1 2430 204 11.91 7–29 34
Jack Pettiford  Australia 1949–1950 50 1726 100* 46.64 629 1833 124 14.78 7–22 22
Dattu Phadkar  India 1951
1953–1954
59 1442 116 45.06 922.5 1992 187 10.65 8–21 15
Ray Lindwall  Australia 1952 25 480 78* 32.00 400.1 804 96 8.38 8–33 7
Geff Noblet  Australia 1955–1956 50 455 47 18.20 865.3 1643 157 10.46 9–29 19
Baloo Gupte  India 1957–1958 51 820 70 21.57 542.3 1657 125 13.25 7–25 8
Johnny Wardle  England 1959–1962 105 2392 124 26.87 1770.5 4428 368 12.03 9–70 53
Des Hoare  Australia 1963–1964 56 476 50 13.22 931.4 2154 191 11.27 9–14 23
Saeed Ahmed  Pakistan 1965–1966 57 1329 85* 28.89 1030.4 1907 197 9.68 9–18 21
Neil Hawke  Australia 1967
1969–1970
85 1837 103* 34.01 1354.3 2551 297 8.58 9–18 50
Sadiq Mohammad  Pakistan 1968 27 843 94* 33.72 147.5 485 21 23.09 2–11 12
Goolam Abed  South Africa 1971 8 253 109 31.62 37.2 161 7 23.00 4–25 4
Sarfraz Nawaz  Pakistan 1972–1973 19 496 70* 38.15 323.5 616 64 9.62 8–30 10
Collis King  West Indies 1974–1976[A] 23 713 125 35.65 320.3 759 54 14.05 7–33 11
Harold Gibson  West Indies 1976 24 504 52* 22.90 62.4 237 7 33.85 4–47 14
Larry Gomes  West Indies 1977–1978 20 836 115* 59.71 230.5 676 30 22.53 6–60 3
Stephen Howard  Australia 1979 11 163 65 18.11 117.1 346 9 38.44 4–60 4
Derek Parker  England 1980 10 79 30 7.90 143.5 455 18 25.27 5–62 3
Kapil Dev  India 1981 24 893 90 40.59 391.5 1097 73 15.02 6–47 8
Neal Radford  South Africa 1982 12 148 46 13.45 209.3 585 39 15.00 8–43 6
Graham Roope  England 1983 8 137 68* 22.83 90.2 356 13 27.38 4–67 8
Barry Wood  England 1984 4 111 57 27.75 78.5 245 10 24.50 5–48 1
Terry Hunte  Barbados 1984–1985 13 89 24 8.90 162.4 412 28 14.71 7–39 5
Eric Simons  South Africa 1986 18 600 75 50.00 270 799 47 17.00 7–45 10
Steve Waugh  Australia 1987 12 403 93 57.57 198.4 647 26 24.88 6–55 3
Anthonie Ferreira  South Africa 1988 12 349 108* 43.62 157.4 520 26 20.00 10–45 10
James Brayshaw  Australia 1989 11 565 135 56.50 121 413 19 21.73 3–27 10
Brendon Julian  Australia 1990 9 327 89 46.71 127.2 498 20 24.90 5–45 3
Joe Scuderi  Australia 1991–1996
2002–2006
2009[B]
121 5688 155 61.16 1082.2 3223 212 15.20 8–31 55
Alan Dawson  South Africa 1997 7 195 100 32.50 88.3 311 9 34.55 3–80 2
Roger Harper  West Indies 1998–1999 17 754 86 68.54 304.1 569 60 9.48 9–24 13
Keith Arthurton  West Indies 2000 10 341 76* 113.66 69.1 162 12 13.50 3–26 6
Wade Wingfield  South Africa 2001 7 187 71 46.75 85 211 10 21.10 4–12 6
Cameron Cuffy  West Indies 2004 11 87 31 17.40 129.3 402 28 14.35 5–11 5
Nathan Hauritz  Australia 2005 24 846 121* 52.87 367.4 1141 67 17.03 6–44 5
Robin Peterson  South Africa 2006
2009
34 1099 89* 40.70 383.1 1050 112 9.37 8–75 14
Craig McMillan  New Zealand 2007–2008 56 1533 149 46.45 552.4 1800 119 15.12 7–84 26
Burton de Wett  South Africa 2010 20 721 85* 51.50 195.4 729 48 15.20 6–55 7
Luke Woodcock  New Zealand 2011 10 325 82 36.11 137.4 515 33 15.61 6–49 6
Shahzaib Hasan  Pakistan 2012 11 288 55 26.18 164.3 537 28 19.17 7–68 1
Ryan Canning  South Africa 2013–2015 56 1887 106* 48.38 59.5 268 9 29.77 3–48 31
Keshav Maharaj  South Africa 2015 12 139 30 12.63 165.3 508 32 15.87 6–47 3
Ryan Bailey  South Africa 2016 19 618 126* 61.80 20 129 1 129.00 1–69 8
Devon Conway  New Zealand[C] 2017 18 727 131* 55.92 59 315 7 45.00 3–44 9
Reeza Hendricks  South Africa 2018 11 281 106 31.22 109 416 22 18.90 5–31 7
Sanjika Ridma  Sri Lanka 2019 20 322 81* 21.46 203.1 534 41 13.02 6–22 2

Key

Footnotes

A.  ^ : The list of Nelson professionals says that King played for Nelson between 1974 and 1975, however CricketArchive shows that he played for the club in the 1976 season.[5]
B.  ^ : Scuderi played for Nelson as professional from 1991–1996 and 2002–2003, but also played as an amateur in the 2004 and 2005 seasons as well as playing one match in both the 2006 and 2009 seasons.
C.  ^ : Devon Conway held South African citizenship during his time at Nelson; however, he later went on to represent New Zealand in international cricket.

References

General
  • "Nelson CC Professionals". Lancashire League. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
Specific
  1. ^ "Lancashire League Rules". Lancashire League. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "A brief history of Nelson Cricket Club". Burnley Express. 6 April 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Nelson v Accrington". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Accrington v Nelson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Lancashire League matches played by Collis King". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 December 2009.

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