Hall of Famenrevealed

Featured News | 7th September 2007

Stewart Marsh has his eldest son Gareth to thank for winning the Hall of Fame competition on the official club website.

The 59-year-old from Calverton had already drafted out his all-time best Notts XI when Gareth pointed out that he had missed out one key component of the side.

Explained Stewart: "I sat down and quickly came up with nine names and after a bit of deliberation, settled on the final two players.

"But Gareth spotted that Franklyn Stephenson wasn't in the team. As the last man to do The Double in county cricket, we both agreed that was probably unfair.

"I made an adjustment to my selection and that change obviously won me the competition in the end."

The Hall of Fame section to www.nottsccc.co.uk has proved to be a popular addition to the site. Fans were invited to pick their XI from the 24 Hall of Fame members selected by club historian and archivist Peter Wynne-Thomas.

All the players on the shortlist must have appeared in at least 75 first-class games for Notts after 1945, and the list also excluded anyone currently on the staff.

In the end, three entries for the competition named the same 11 players as Peter, with Stewart emerging as the winner thanks to the tiebreaker of having the most accurate batting order.

His reward was the chance to enjoy hospitality for two during this year's npower Test between England and India - which produced a bit of a dilemma for the environmental health officer.

"I had to choose between taking my wife Christine along or one of Gareth or his brother Richard, who both like their cricket.

"Thankfully, both of them graciously said I should take their mother along, and we had a fabulous time. Mind you, I'm not sure my waistline could take that kind of diet on a regular basis."

A Notts fan since first watching them play Surrey in the annual Whitsuntide fixture in 1960, Stewart has seen all but two of the All-Time XI (listed below) in action at Trent Bridge.

He added: "I got the chance to see Reg Simpson play in what must have been his last season before he retired, and had many enjoyable days watching the likes of Sir Richard Hadlee, Derek Randall and Sir Garry Sobers in action.

"Both Bruce Dooland and Joe Hardstaff Jnr had retired in the 1950s before I went along, but my father used to talk about Hardstaff's talent, so I went on his judgement."

Stewart has been a regular visitor to the website and after spotting the competition, was quick to send in his entry.

"Every supporter wants to be an armchair selector and pick their own England team. so I was immediately interested in doing it for Notts," he said.

"I've entered a few fantasy football competitions in the past, but never done very well. The main hook for me was trying to pit my wits against Peter.

"I used to spend quite a lot of time in the library at Trent Bridge when I was a member and as everyone knows, he's an absolute encyclopaedia of cricketing knowledge.

"I got more pleasure out of realising I had come closest to his selection than anything else. Getting the chance to be wined and dined at the Test just topped it off.

"Cricket places a lot of importance on numbers and fitting them together. That lends itself to this kind of competition and I've always been fascinated by that side of the game."

The Notts All-Time XI of Stewart Marsh

Tim Robinson

Reg Simpson

Derek Randall

Joe Hardstaff Jnr

Clive Rice

Sir Garry Sobers

Bruce Dooland

Sir Richard Hadlee

Franklyn Stephenson

Bruce French

Eddie Hemmings

The Notts All-Time XI of Peter Wynne-Thomas:

Reg Simpson

Tim Robinson

Derek Randall

Joe Hardstaff Jnr

Clive Rice

Sir Garry Sobers

Sir Richard Hadlee

Franklyn Stephenson

Bruce Dooland

Bruce French

Eddie Hemmings

 

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