Charles Frederick Daft’s cricket career is rather unusual; though older, by six and a half years, than his more famous brother, Richard, he made his debut for the County four years after Richard.

Charles's cricket was chiefly with the Nottingham Commercial Club and he was a member of that club’s committee, serving at one time as secretary. Charles Daft played in the 1861 Notts Colts Match -though already aged 30 - and made a such great impression, as a sound batsman and an excellent fielder that he played for the County on a regular basis for 1862, 1863 and 1864, his final game being v Cambridgeshire in July of that year. Away from cricket, in 1866 he captained Nottingham Forest FC v Notts County

He was born in Nottingham on June 8 1830 and resided for much of his adult life in Balmoral Road, Nottingham. His main occupation was originally in the building trade but he also ran a cricketers’ outfitters in Nottingham.  Charles Daft died in Nottingham on March 9 1915.

April 2020