R.A. Pick

A cricketer who would break the dressing room tension with an appropriate quip, Andy Pick joined the playing staff in 1983. He had already gained a reputation as a good seam bowler at schoolboy level, having represented ESCA in 1982 both against HMC Schools and West Indies Young Cricketers.

His early cricket had been for his local village club, Thrumpton and for Unity Casuals. His first class debut for Notts was against Hampshire at Bournemouth in 1983.

In the same year he played in the three England Under 19 Tests v Australia. Paul Johnson and Peter Such were in the same England squad. He gained a regular place in the First Team in 1984 and from then until 1985, except when unavailable through injury.

In 1986 he reached fifty wickets for the first time, but in 1987 he produced two splendid performances in limited overs matches.

Early in the season Pick took four for 42 enabling Notts to beat Northants in the Benson & Hedges game, then in August he took five wickets for 22, bowling out Gloucester for 82 and putting Notts in the NatWest Final.

On both occasions he was the recipient of the Man of the Match Award. It would have seemed that 1988 would be his year, but in May he had to have an operation in his wrist, which kept him off the field for six weeks.

On his comeback appearance, he broke down with a stress fracture in his back. 1990 however saw a return to his old form, so much so that he went with England A to Sri Lanka and ended the tour top of the bowling averages.

Returning to England he had his best summer to date with 67 first-class wickets. Although his only representative game that summer was for MCC v Champion County, he made a second trip with England A in 1991/92 to Bermuda and West Indies. On this tour Pick played in the first and third unofficial Tests, in Port of Spain and in Bridgetown.

The possibility of a call up for the full England team in 1992 disappeared when Pick was side lined by a shoulder injury.

This reduced his first-class matches in 1992 to 10. By coincidence the bowler who seemed likely to fill the international gap left by Pick was his brother-in-law, David Millns, now playing for Leicestershire.

Both 1993 and 1995 were good seasons, with over fifty wickets in each, but the last two years have seen more injury problems and at the close of his career he just missed the 500 first-class wicket mark.

Andy Pick left Trent Bridge to take up a full time coaching appointment – if anyone can bring the pleasures of cricket to aspiring youngsters, it's Andy.