Samuel Redgate, born in Arnold in 1810, has been described as having 'the finest, easiest and most graceful bowling delivery ever seen.'
He bowled very fast, but could deceptively vary his pace and make the ball swerve. For a period in the 1830s he was considered the most destructive bowler in England. The great batsman of the day was Fuller Pilch and Redgate was reputed to be his master.
On the occasion of their first meeting – in a Gentlemen v Players game - Redgate dismissed Pilch for a pair. However, a note in his biography states, that he was a very festive party-goer and his career was cut short by ill-health. Drink was in fact his downfall and he died and he died aged 41 in Old Radford.
The last of his 23 matches for Nottinghamshire was played in 1845. His most celebrated bowling feat was for England v Kent in 1839 when in a single four ball over he dismissed three of the best batsmen of the day – Stearman, Mynn and Pilch. Legend has it that he drank a glass of brandy after each wicket.