Alleyne came to Nottinghamshire in 2004, having spent five years as understudy wicketkeeper with Middlesex. 95% of the population expected, the Notts keeper, Chris Read, to have an extended England International career and be only available in odd snatches for County cricket. It is idle to speculate how Alleyne’s county career might have blossomed if this had indeed been the case.
As we now know Alleyne was destined to spend the next four years as understudy to Read. His appearances in Notts First Eleven have been exceedingly sparse. Read did not miss a single competitive First Team match in 2007 and Alleyne therefore decided that it was time to seek new pastures.
In 2006 Alleyne played in the second Championship game v Warwickshire at Trent Bridge and scored 57 and 109 not out – easily the highest score by a Notts batsman in both innings. Later in the season he came back into the side first wicket down, purely as a batsman and hit 99 v Hampshire, but competition for the final batting place was fierce and he was against Will Smith or Samit Patel – or both.
In a total of 17 first-class matches, Alleyne scored 701 runs at an average of 30.48 – he took 50 catches.