Bryan Farr played a handful of games for Nottinghamshire but his impact on the Trent Bridge ground was not in a playing capacity.
As Managing Director of the Home Brewery Company of Daybrook, Nottingham, he was involved in the building of the Larwood and Voce public house in Fox Road, West Bridgford. Incorporated into the design was a stand which forms part of the cricket ground itself at Trent Bridge; this stand – opened in July 1965 - also has an inside viewing area for use by members of the Notts County Cricket Club Supporters Association.
Farr made his first appearance for Notts on 2 August 1941 v RAF at Trent Bridge aged 17. He was selected to play in a second match, against Leicestershire, but the game was washed out. The following season he obtained a place in the Harrow Public School team, heading their batting averages, and played in the major match of the year v Eton at Lord’s. In 1943 he was in the Cambridge University side and appeared in the Varsity match; finishing that summer with a batting average of 30.66.
After the war Farr developed into a very useful right arm medium pace bowler and it was in that capacity that he was selected by Notts for six Championship games. His best performance was five for 96, opening the bowling against Worcestershire at Worcester in 1951. Much of his club cricket was played outside the county and his final first-class appearance was for Free Foresters v Cambridge University at Fenner’s in 1952. He played a final game for Notts Seconds in the Minor Counties Championship in 1953.
Farr had a longer playing career in rugby, playing 53 times for Notts RFC, though as he contributed just three points we must assume in a defensive role.
Bryan Farr died at home in Worksop on 20 May 2017, aged 93.
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 383