Vice-president honour for two county legends

Chris Read
Chris Read

Two former captains of Nottinghamshire CCC have been honoured at the club’s annual meeting.

Paul Johnson and Chris Read, who have made 1,451 first-team appearances between them in long careers at Trent Bridge, have been made vice-presidents of the club.

The announcement was made to members at th AGM, with both players there to receive the accolade.

Johnson, whose playing career for the green and golds ran from 1981 to 2002, scored 20,256 First-Class runs in 365 matches for the club.

He captained Nottinghamshire from 1996 to 1998 and was a part of the coaching staff from his retirement as a player through to 2013.

Read retired from professional cricket in September 2017, having spent 20 years on the playing staff at Trent Bridge, ten of which were as skipper.

The wicketkeeper-batsman claimed a club-record 983 First-Class dismissals and scored 15,103 runs.

He was capped 52 times by his country and remains a member of the coaching staff on a part-time basis.

Chairman Richard Tennant said: “To be joining the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers, Chris Broad, Bruce French, Sir Richard Hadlee, Bashar Hassan, Eddie Hemmings, Enid Bakewell, Derek Randall and Tim Robinson puts them in very good company.”