Jonas Bettison Warwick made his first appearance for Nottinghamshire v Hampshire at Trent Bridge in 1843.

Born in Woodborough in 1803, he trained in the medical profession at St Thomas’s Hospital in London being made a MRCS in 1828 and ran a practice in Southwell. His first recorded match was in Southwell in 1831.

In about 1844 he was the moving force behind the creation of Nottinghamshire County Club, based at Southwell -– in effect it was the Nottinghamshire Gentlemen CC – for the next decade the Club was highly successful.

A good batsman and wicketkeeper, he was described by the Rev W Bedford in the following terms: ‘He was indeed a fine and finished exponent of the best form then in vogue and, but for the calls on his time involved by his being a country surgeon in a large practice, he would have been known to a far larger circle of cricketers’.

Warwick played only five times for Notts the last being in 1848.

He died at his home in Southwell in 1873 after a serious illness that lasted eight years.

April 2020