Paignton in Devon was the birthplace of Chris Read, who made his Nottinghamshire debut in 1998 having started his career at Gloucestershire.
The wicket-keeper / batsman immediately became a Trent Bridge favourite and was soon fast-tracked into the England side, making his Test debut just 14 months later. His first century, 160 against Warwickshire, also came in 1999, and over the next decade he established himself as one of the very best in his profession, both with the gloves and as a more than capable middle-order batsman.
Adjudged unfortunate not to have made more than 15 Test and 36 ODI appearances, England’s loss became Nottinghamshire’s gain as he assumed the county captaincy in 2008, leading his side to the Championship title two years later – receiving the trophy from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.
Although he still cherishes an ambition of leading Nottinghamshire out in a Lord’s one-day final, he relinquished the Twenty20 captaincy to a combination of David Hussey and Adam Voges in 2011.
In 2011 Chris passed 10,000 first class runs for Nottinghamshire and he currently sits fourth in the table of wicket-keeping dismissals for the county.