Butler’s right-arm fast bowling was the most effective element of the Nottinghamshire attack between 1939 and 1952 when he topped the county’s bowling averages six times.

Born in Clifton in 1913, he was once awarded £20 following an impromptu collection by the Trent Bridge crowd after taking a hat-trick against Surrey in 1937 as Notts beat the county for the first time in eight years. He took a second hat-trick that season against Leicestershire at Worksop and the third of his career came against Hampshire at Trent Bridge in 1939.

He took 100 first class wickets in 1939 and 1947 after first joining the county in 1933 to provide cover for Harold Larwood who struggled on the domestic front that year following his exertions during the ‘bodyline’ series.

A genuine quick, Butler appeared in two Tests for England, against South Africa at Headingley in 1947 and West Indies at Port of Spain in 1948.

He was forced to retire from first class cricket after dislocating his shoulder in the championship game against Surrey in May 1954 and died in 1991, aged 78.

December 2020

Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 350

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