John Gilbert made a remarkable debut for Notts v Sussex.

One of the Sussex players noted ‘Gilbert played the bowling as easily as shelling peas and quite astonished both the Sussex players and his own side.'

`Sussex were at their wit’s end before Box finally stumped Gilbert off Lillywhite’s bowling for 91.’ This innings remained the highest ever for Notts for 16 years.

He was selected in two more major Notts games but did nothing.

Born in Mansfield in 1816 he was a silk framework knitter in his native town and most of his cricket was played in Mansfield, where he died in 1887.