Born in Radcliffe-on-Trent in 1911, Henry Cox caught the eye in club cricket when he scored 1,000 runs before the end of July in 1930, prompting a call-up to the Nottinghamshire squad.

A useful all-rounder, he captained Nottinghamshire against Gloucestershire in 1933 in the absence of Arthur Carr.

Having attended Magdalene College, he also made seven first class appearances for Cambridge University but missed out on selection for the varsity match at Lord’s in 1934 following his performance as an emergency umpire in the preceding game against Worcestershire.

In 23 matches for Nottinghamshire he scored 268 runs and took 32 wickets.