Notts V Essex:
Played For Them Both
Featured News | 5th August 2013
You haven’t got to search too far to identify any county cricketers that have played for both Nottinghamshire and Essex.
Indeed, there are two such players within the current Trent Bridge ranks.
Andre Adams’ first spell in county cricket was with the eastern county. Adams, a New Zealand international at Test, ODI and t20 level, joined Essex during the summer of 2004.
His first class debut was particularly memorable as he scored 124, in his first innings, against Leicestershire at Grace Road, his maiden century at that level.
Adams took 23 wickets in just seven matches and returned to the county for the next two years. In all, the Auckland-born all-rounder played 27 times in first class cricket, taking 80 wickets and scoring 799 runs at over 30 apiece.
He also made 25 one-day and 11 t20 appearances for the Eagles.
Since moving to Nottingham the Kiwi ace has led the bowling attack in spectacular fashion, taking more than fifty wickets in each of the last three seasons and taking the title-winning wicket in 2010.
Andy Carter, currently on his way back to fitness after a stress fracture of the back, joined Essex for a brief loan period three years ago. He made three first class, two t20 and one List-A appearance whilst at Chelmsford but did manage to take 5-40 (Key, Denly, Stevens, Jones, Amjad Khan) in a championship match against Kent at Canterbury – still the best figures of his career.
No player can have made more of an impact on a county than Hashim Amla. He made five first class appearances for Nottinghamshire in 2010, scoring 463 runs at an average of 77.16. The South African made 86 on his debut, against Durham MCCU but then added vital contributions as his four championship outings were all won.
He’d made a similar – if not even more spectacular- impression during his brief stint with Essex in 2009 . He made two centuries in his three games, scoring 410 runs at an average of 102.5.
A back injury caused Will Jefferson to retire from the first class game at the start of last season. By then he’d joined Leicestershire after playing for both Essex and Notts earlier.
The 6’10” opening batsman scored eleven centuries in 61 first class matches for Essex, form that earned him a couple of England A appearances. Derby-born, Jefferson moved to Trent Bridge in 2007 but could only add one more three figure score in 22 matches.
Jason Gallian ended his career at Essex, making 1093 runs from 24 matches during 2008 and 2009. Born in Manly, New South Wales, in 1971, he’d captained Australia’s Young Cricketers before moving to England to study and play for Oxford University then Lancashire. Having qualified for England, he made three Test appearances before joining Notts in 1997. In 144 matches for the Trent Bridge side he scored 8,445 runs at an average of 38.73 and he scored a further 3,585 runs in List A competition.
Ian Pont, brother of Keith, who also played for Essex, made 23 appearances for the same county between 1985 and1988. He scored 356 runs and took 65 wickets with 3 five-wicket hauls.
He’d begun his career at Notts but played in only four class fixtures in 1982.
Born in Dunbartonshire, Scotland, in 1964 Peter Such made his Nottinghamshire debut in 1982 against Middlesex at Lord’s and went on to play 52 first-class games for the county, taking 138 wickets at 29.21. The off-spinner’s best analysis was 6-123, against Kent at Trent Bridge in 1983. He moved to Leicestershire in 1987 and Essex three years later, where he gained international recognition, winning eleven England Test caps.