David Baker, a leg break and googly bowler, was one of a handful of players to make the journey North from Kent to Nottinghamshire. Unfortunately for him, he was not able to match Mark Ealham or Dave Halfyard, who both secured a place in the Notts first team and in the affections of the Trent Bridge faithful. In fairness, very few ‘leggies’ were making any impression on First-Class cricket in England at that time.
Baker was actually re-tracing his footsteps when he moved to Trent Bridge, having been born even further North, in Kingston upon Hull, on 26 July 1935, though he was educated at Bermondsey Central School in South London and joined the Kent playing staff in 1959.
He played 27 First-Class games for Kent between 1961 and 1963, before being specially registered for Notts. He was unable to find a regular place in the county side and only turned out in seven matches over two seasons. Baker scored just 16 runs in those matches – and ten of those came in one innings; he also took ten wickets at a respectable (for a leggie) 43.70 and a best return of 4-78 against Warwickshire. He did, though, have some success outside the first team and played 17 Minor Counties games and 22 Second XI matches in that time.
Afterwards he had a long career in local club cricket, including a spell with Roth’s Amateurs, and was the licensee of The Sherwin Arms at Bramcote for several years
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 439