Northamptonshire CCC name first inductees to the club's ‘Hall of Fame'

Northamptonshire CCC is delighted to announce today the first 12 inductees into the club’s new Hall of Fame.

The project – being officially launched at Wantage Road on Friday April 20, to coincide with the first day of home Specsavers Championship cricket this season – aims to honour in a tangible and permanent way those individuals who have given outstanding service on or off the field.

The initial choices have been made by Matthew Engel and Andrew Radd, co-authors of NCCC’s official history.

Further nominations will now be sought from shareholders, life members, season ticket holders and supporters – and a further three inductees announced at the club’s annual dinner at the end of the season.

The only stipulation is that no-one shall be eligible for admission to the Hall of Fame whilst still an employee of the club.

George Thompson (1877-1943)

Northampton-born and Cogenhoe-raised Thompson was a stubborn bat and a fast-medium bowler with a windmill action. His brilliance not just won Northamptonshire promotion to the County Championship in 1905 but took them just two points short of the ever-elusive title only seven years later.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class)

222 matches

8,321 runs

1,078 wickets

194 catches

William East (1872-1926)

Before 1914, Billy East was Thompson's essential bowling partner, keeping the other end tight with his accurate medium-pace, and scored some useful runs too. A back-street Northampton boy, he had a short and difficult life after cricket but remained a hugely popular County Ground character.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class)

157 matches

3,913 runs

493 wickets

75 catches

E.W. ‘Nobby’ Clark (1902-1982)

A left-arm fast bowler with a beautiful action and a fiery temperament, Clark's county career lasted from 1922 to 1947 - though he was sacked twice by the committee in the meantime. One of the quickest bowlers of his time and still the county's leading first-class wicket-taker.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class)

308 matches

1,811 runs

1,102 wickets

100 catches

Fred Bakewell (1908-1983)

Northamptonshire's most gifted pre-war batsman. He played for England three years after his debut and in 1933 made two double centuries in a week, breaking the county individual score record each time. But three years later, returning from another double hundred, he was injured in the car crash that killed his team-mate Reggie Northway, and never played again.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class)

227 matches

13,643 runs

22 wickets

213 catches

Dennis Brookes (1915-2006)

The club's leading run-getter and century-maker (67) and a craftsman in everything he did. In 1932 he came from Yorkshire for a trial; 74 years later he was still walking round the ground almost every day. In between he was player, senior pro, captain, coach, assistant secretary and president - and chairman of the magistrates - commanding universal respect.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class)

492 matches

28,980 runs

3 wickets

192 catches

Freddie Brown (1910-1991)

Brought in as captain in 1949, FRB led the club from the depths to the top six. He did it by example with bat and ball, and force of character on and off the field. His methods worked so well he was made England captain for the 1950-51 Ashes. Brown made the county feared, not pitied. He even scared the committee, and insisting on selecting his own team.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class)

102 matches

4,331 runs

391 wickets

69 catches

Frank Tyson (1930-2015)

"Typhoon" Tyson first thrilled huge Northampton crowds with his electric pace against touring teams and then bowled England to a stunning Ashes victory in 1945-55. He was never as fast again, thanks to County Ground pitches geared to spin not pace. But his brief heyday is enshrined in cricket history.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class)

170 matches

2,842 runs

525 wickets

66 catches

Keith Andrew (1929-2010)

Widely acclaimed as the best pure wicket-keeper of his era, but England preferred keepers who were better batsmen. At county level he was loved for his good nature as well as his top-class glovework. And his canny, sometimes eccentric, captaincy took the team agonisingly close to the title in 1965.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class)

351 matches

3,830 runs

653 catches

157 stumpings

(List A)

9 matches

15 runs

6 catches

Colin Milburn (1941-1990)

The most exciting batsman in Northamptonshire history. "Ollie" weighed up to 19 stone and put it all behind the ball to score some of the most devastating centuries cricket has ever witnessed. But he lost an eye in a car crash in 1969 and, after a brave, brief comeback, had to retire. His great good humour masked much sadness and he died tragically young. But his cricket was thrilling while it lasted.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class) (List A)

196 matches 45 matches

9,798 runs 610 runs

83 wickets 41 wickets

178 catches 11 catches

David Steele (born 1941)

The Australians laughed when the batsman with grey hair and specs emerged from the Lord's pavilion in 1975. Their laughter faded when he held the great Lillee and Thomson at bay all summer and became BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Northamptonshire relished his fighting qualities for many seasons.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class) (List A)

416 matches 194 matches

18,231 runs 3,317 runs

462 wickets 40 wickets

469 catches 64 catches

Bishan Bedi (born 1946)

His bowling was as varied as his infinite supply of different coloured patkas: superficially tempting left-arm spin that concealed hidden magic to bamboozle the best of batsmen. In the 1970s, his presence made an already gifted Northamptonshire team uniquely challenging opposition.

RECORD FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

(First-Class) (List A)

110 matches 53 matches

1,002 runs 173 runs

434 wickets 53 wickets

35 catches 11 catches