The Committee Report
The Committee beg to present their Annual Balance Sheet and Report for 1920.
Of the First-Class County Matches played, ten were won, six lost, two won on first innings, and no result in two matches.
The County was seventh in the Championship.
John Gunn had a very successful season, and was at the head of the batting averages. George Gunn and Hardstaff both made over 1,000 runs, and played well; the former being handicapped by indifferent health part of the season. Whysall batted well, and gave great promise for the future. Richmond had a most successful season as a bowler, getting no fewer than 148 wickets, and both Barratt and Staples bowled well: the latter young player promising to be a great help to the side. Oates again kept wicket well.
Mr A. W. Carr captained the Eleven with great judgment, and the County is indebted to him for the time and trouble he gave to the side.
To the regret of the Committee, Mr. Ashley-Cooper, the newly appointed Secretary, had to resign owing to ill-health. The Committee have appointed pro tem Captain H. A. Brown as Secretary.
By the death of Mr. William Gunn, the Committee lose a valued colleague and friend, whose advice was always of the soundest and in the best interest of cricket. The Committee wish to again place on record their appreciation of his invaluable services while a member of the County Eleven for twenty-five years.
A Benefit Match for J. Hardstaff was played on the 24th-27th July, 1920. The subscriptions, gate money, and collections made, amounted to the sum of £588 4s 5d. This was duly handed over to Hardstaff. Further subscriptions and donations were paid direct to him, amounting to £65, making a total of £653 4s 5d.
The seasons workings resulted in a serious financial loss. The Committee decided last year to try and manage without an increased subscription. Unfortunately the expenses of first-class cricket have continued to increase, and the Committee are compelled to come into line with most of the other Couties in England, and to ask that subscription be two guineas in future. Without this increase it is entirely impossible to continue Notts. County Cricket.
The first Test Match will be played at Nottingham: it is the hundredth Test Match – England v. Australia.
An enlarged programme has been arranged; home and home matches having been fixed with Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Surrey, Sussex, Worcestershire, and Yorkshire, as well as a game with the Australians.
The President of the Club, Mr. J. G. Small, made a generous donation of one hundred pounds.