Cricket Historian Peter Wynne-Thomas has paid tribute to former Notts spin bowler Bryan ‘Bomber’ Wells who died this week aged 78.

Wells enjoyed a long career in the game having joined Gloucestershire in 1951 and took 998 wickets in 302 first-class matches.

“Bomber was a great character and he was best known for having no run up when he bowled,” said Wynne-Thomas, who worked with Brian to produce the autobiography ‘Well Well Wells.’

“Players would complain that they weren’t ready and that he caught them by surprise but it proved very effective and he once took 100 wickets in a season.”

Wells was a regular at player re-unions and was the founder member of the Notts Cricket Lovers Society.

He was born in Gloucester in 1930 and made his debut for Nottinghamshire in 1960.