A right-arm medium pacer, James Turner was born 23 July 1865 in Teversal. He was a miner who lived in Sutton-in-Ashfield. He appeared for Notts Colts v Yorkshire Colts in 1894 and returned figures of 6-3-3-3 and 21-5-30-3. He played for Notts in the last two First-Class fixtures of 1894 v Lancashire at Old Trafford, scoring 2 and 2 and bowling 0-22, and v Kent at Trent Bridge, when batting at ten he scored 26 and took 1-50 over the two innings.
He had professional engagements at Stanley Park, Liverpool in 1888 and 1889 and Southport in 1893 and 1894. From around 1910 to 1920 he was the groundsman at New Hucknall Colliery and in the early 1920s laid out Sutton Town cricket ground and tennis courts. In his later years he was in the employ of Sutton Council.
James Turner died on 30 January 1945 in Sutton-in-Ashfield aged 79 years.
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 237