Captain – W Clarke
Notts wicket-keeper and club secretary Charley Brown took it upon himself to arrange home and away fixtures with Surrey for 1852. The subscription list which he made to finance these matches is still preserved in the Trent Bridge Pavilion and is the oldest document relating to the club.
Notts won the match at the Oval with a day to spare by an innings and 43 runs. The game, played on 24 and 25 June, saw Notts win the toss and bat. George Parr with 45 and Joseph Guy with 65 were the leading batsmen as Notts were 181 all out. Surrey were bowled out for 71 (William Clarke 6-42) and following on were 61 all out (Clarke 6-28). Michael Ellison who, though a native of Worksop, was the founding father of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (he lived most of his life in Sheffield) made his sole appearance for his native county in this match, scoring 6. Ellison was in London to represent the Gentlemen of the North v Gentlemen of the South, the game being played immediately prior to the Surrey v Notts match, and then he found himself co-opted into the Notts side due to the indisposition of William Selby. Notts also won the return at Trent Bridge played on 2, 3 and 4 September, though old Clarke only took one wicket in the contest. Surrey, winning the toss and batting, were bowled out for 112 (James Grundy 5-53). Notts replied with 209 (Butler Parr 30, George Parr 69, Brown 36, and Walter Martingell 5-61). Surrey in their second innings were 134 all out (Julius Caesar 38, Grundy 5-31, and Bickley 3-60). Bickley had been born in Keyworth in 1819 and was 33 before he played an inter-county match. Notts then scored 38 without loss to triumph by 10 wickets.