Graham Frost played 170 times for Nottinghamshire in First-Class and List A cricket. Born in Old Basford, Nottingham on 15 January 1947, Frost was primarily a batsman but his medium pace proved useful during Sunday League matches.
He made his First-Class debut against the Indian touring team at Trent Bridge in July 1967, falling in both innings to star spinner Chandrasekhar. In 1968, he made his first List-A start in an early season Gillette Cup match against Lancashire and his first County Championship appearance in May against Yorkshire at Headingley. He started in 28 First-Class matches that season, recording 856 runs. Frost’s useful contribution, along of course with a more sizeable one from newly recruited overseas player Garfield Sobers, helped Notts to 4th place in the Championship, their best since the War.
Graham Frost’s time with the County coincided with the Nottinghamshire career of the world’s greatest player and he was part of the side when Sobers hit his famous six 6s in an over against Glamorgan at Swansea in August 1968. Coming in that day at number 3, Frost scored 50, put on 132 in 86 minutes for the second wicket with Brian Bolus and so helped set the platform for Sobers’ innings. He was one of four Notts batsmen dismissed that day by Malcolm Nash, the bowler who Sobers later put to the sword in his display of ferocious hitting.
Frost played on until 1973, scoring 3,329 runs and taking 15 wickets in 102 First-Class matches for Nottinghamshire. He scored 11 fifties and two centuries, with a top score of 107 against Surrey at Trent Bridge in June 1970. His best season in First-Class cricket was 1971 when he scored 941 runs in 19 games.
Sunday League cricket began in 1969 and Frost was a regular in limited-overs matches for the County. He played 68 times, scoring 555 runs, with a best of 44 against Somerset at Torquay in July 1972. His bowling was put to greater use in this format and he claimed 40 wickets for the County. His best return of 5-33 came at Newark in a John Player League match against Worcestershire in August 1971.
Graham Frost was released by the County in 1973. After cricket, he worked as a newsagent for many years and later ran the Indoor Cricket Centre in Basford. He now lives near Towcester in Northamptonshire and is a regular attendee at Nottinghamshire's Old Players Days.
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 449