Arthur Jepson, who died on 17 of July 1997, played for the county from 1938 to 1959.
A fast medium right arm bowler, he made his name in the Notts & Derby Border League. When he first applied for a trial at Trent Bridge, in 1936, he was playing with Underwood.
He was then aged 21 having been born in 8 Portland Row, Selston on the 12th July 1915.
It was not until 1938 that he was engaged on the playing staff, by which time he was well–known as a goalkeeper for Port Vale.
With Larwood playing purely as a batsman and Butler suddenly taken ill in early June, Jepson found himself appearing frequently in the First Team during his initial season on the staff. By 1939 he was a permanent member of the senior side and had earned his cap.
Like all his contemporaries he lost six seasons due to the Second World War, though he did appear in a few Notts one day games and occasionally for Yeadon in the Bradford League. As Bill Voce was unavailable for many matches, still awaiting release from the Forces, Butler and Jepson more or less carried the attack in 1946.
Matters became even more series in 1947, since Voce announced his retirement and Frank Woodhead the fourth seam bowler moved into League cricket. Jepson bowled no less thatn 1,195 overs that summer, taking 115 wickets at 27.78 each. His robust batting was also in evidence and he averaged over 20, usually coming in at Number 8 or 9.
In addition to his essential part as a bowler and his useful batting Jepson was one of the safest catches on the county circuit – no doubt attributable to his continued winter occupation as a League goalkeeper, now with Stoke City.
Butler and Jepson carried the attack through to 1952. Their talents were overtaxed and they found themselves not only the attacking opening bowlers, but too often as stock seamers.
The pitches at Trent Bridge also told against them. Two factors changed all that in 1953 – the square at Trent Bridge was relayed and Bruce Dooland arrived. Jepson’s figures, before and after tell their story, in 1952 he took 53 wickets at 37.11 runs each: he was now aged 37 and appeared ‘over the hill’.
In 1953 he took 78 wickets at 25.43 runs each. At 41, in 1956, he captured 83 wickets at 21.07 runs each. To put that in perspective, it was a better record than the England bowlers, Tyson, Bailey and Moss.
The following summer, with Simpson absent for many matches having back trouble, Jepson was called upon to captain the side and his wickets were expensive, but in 1958 he captured 76 at 22.7. Originally he had been awarded a Benefit in 1951, but in 1958 he was granted a Testimonial.
The current England captain, Peter May commented in 1958: “Arthur Jepson has been a splendid bowler for his county over many years and his fitness is a fine example to the aspiring young cricketers of today.”
Jepson retired aged 44, at the close of the 1959 season. The following summer saw him on the First-Class Umpires List and he was to officiate in county matches for 25 years.
He also stood in four Tests in the 1960s. After retiring finally from the cricket field, Jepson worked at Bulwell Hall Park Golf Club, where his son was the professional.
Jepson’s best analysis was eight for 45 against Leicestershire at Trent Bridge in 1958 – he also took his 1000th first-class wicket in the course of the same game.
His only century was 130 v Worcestershire at Trent Bridge in 1950, when he and Reg Simpson added 270 for the 6th wicket.
In Notts matches he hit 6,351 runs, average 14.34 and made 390 appearances.