Norman Horsley, a fast right-arm bowler and right-hand bat, played three First-Class matches for Notts in 1947. Born in Leicester on 20 August 1922, he died on 16 October 1994 at Louth in Lincolnshire, aged 72.

Educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Mansfield, he captained the school side in 1940 and 1941. He went on to play for Nottingham University and the English University representative side. His club cricket was for Notts Forest, Old Elizabethans, Teversal and Clipstone Colliery.

He made his debut on 18 June in an innings victory versus Kent at Trent Bridge; opening the bowling he had figures of 2-39 and 2-97 while opening partner Arthur Jepson had match figures of 12-138. Horsley kept his place for the following match v Yorkshire at Sheffield, Notts winning by 185 runs with Horsley having figures of 2-27 and 0-25.. A month later had made his final appearance in a drawn match against Hampshire at Trent Bridge, failing to take a wicket. In total, he had taken six First-Class wickets @41.50 and he made a duck in his solitary trip to the crease.

Horsley carried on playing for the second team until 1951. In 13 matches in the Minor Counties Championship he scored 251 runs @19.30 and took 26 wickets @28.34 with an innings best of 5-39 versus Lincolnshire at Grimsby, a match played immediately prior to his First-Class debut in 1947.

He spent most of his working life as a school master at his old school, then retired to Sutton on Sea.

July 2020

Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 377

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