Neil Edwards was brought to Trent Bridge to try and provide a solution to the county’s indifferent record at the top of the order.
The left-handed batsman arrived from Somerset in 2010 and immediately earned comparisons with his former mentor, Marcus Trescothick. Strong on the drive, he shone on his Notts championship debut, scoring a high-quality 85 against Kent.
After a 4-match sequence in which his early flow of runs deserted him, Neil sought a return to form in the second team but broke his hand after being struck in a match against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl.
2011 followed a similar pattern. Seven championship matches delivered just one half-century, a classy 64 against Yorkshire but another untimely injury occurred at Hove. A delivery from Sussex’s Amjad Khan rose sharply and hit Neil on the forearm, causing a fracture.
Back in the second team, Neil again showed a glimpse of his undoubted potential by ending the season with a hard-hitting 49 to help the county win the Second Eleven Trophy against Lancashire at Liverpool.
After a successful pre-season tour of Barbados, Edwards found himself back in the first eleven at the start of 2012 and began the campaign with an innings of 195 against Loughborough UCCE, his only century for Nottinghamshire.
15 further innings only produced one more half-century and he was released at the end of the season with an average of 24.38 from his 24 first class matches for Notts.