James Bradley joined the Nottinghamshire playing staff in 1935 after a successful trial the previous year.

His somewhat erratic slow left-armers made him expensive at times and he conceded 31 runs in the first three overs of his first class debut against Surrey at Trent Bridge in August 1937.

He made nine appearances for the first eleven and played most of his club cricket for Blidworth Colliery in the Bassetlaw League.