In 2006 he joined the Notts Academy, though continuing through that summer to play for Staffordshire Under 17s. At the same time he made his Notts 2nd XI debut (aged 16yrs, 81 days) and the following year was a regular in Notts Seconds., both the 3-day and 1-day sides. In 2008 he joined Wollaton in Notts Premier and scored several centuries for that club. The Notts Academy joined the Premier League to 2010, with Elstone appointed captain. In addition that summer he made his Notts 1st XI debut, appearing both in the 40overs and 20overs competitions. In 2011 Elstone left the Notts Academy to become a member of the Notts Playing Staff. Throughout the summer he was given a permanent place place in the Notts One Day Eleven, appearing in 23 matches. He was recognized as an outstanding outfield, but usually batting low in the order rarely had a chance to make many runs and was not employed as a bowler. When Trott retired injured during the 2011 England v India Test at Trent Bridge, Elstone was drafted in as sub fielder and took two catches – reviving memories of Copley, so long ago.

His opportunities for First Eleven cricket in 2012 were very restricted due to the signing of both Lumb and Taylor, despite his performances for Notts 2nds in all competitions. Ironically he scored 131* and 53* v Northants at Lady Bay in the last Second XI Championship game of the season – he also captained the side. He leaves Notts having appeared in 35 One Day matches for the county, but making no first-class appearances, a record he probably doesn’t want.