Thomas Warsop was the best known of the family to play for Nottingham - he captained the team until the 1800s, when Joseph Dennis took over. Thomas first played for Nottingham in 1791, aged 12 and retired in 1823. He died in his house in Pepper Street in 1845 aged 65. His slow underarm bowling was said to have been copied by William Clarke.

Warsop was also a good batsman, reckoned to be the best all-rounder in the Nottingham team (which was also said about his brother Richard when he played).

He is described as a martyr to gout, which was given as the cause of death, and ‘consequencely rather a snail between the wickets.’ By far the most gentlemanly of all the Nottingham players, Warsop bet an opponent £100 that Nottingham would beat Holt in Norfolk, who had the Pilchs on their side.

Nottingham won, the loser paid up in twenty fivers, but Warsop handed them back, saying he only made the bet as a jest – and anyway he wouldn’t have paid up if he had lost.

The other Warsop brothers were William and Samuel and Richard (for whom some records remain).

April 2020