Full name David Nicholls
Born December 8, 1943, East Dereham, Norfolk
Died June 10, 2008 (aged 64 years 185 days)
Major teams Kent
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Gravesend Grammar School
|First-class span||1960 - 1977|
|List A span||1969 - 1980|
David Nicholls came from a long line of Kent wicketkeepers but had the misfortune that his career coincided with one of the greatest of them, Alan Knott. Nevertheless, he got plenty of chances when Knott was on Test duty and never let his county down.
Norfolk born but Gravesend educated, Nicholls, a solid and aggressive left-hand batsman, made his county debut in 1960 aged only 16, and over the next 21 seasons he played more than 200 times for Kent. He was at his happiest taking the attack to quick bowlers but struggled more against spin.
His early career promised much. He made 211 against Derbyshire in 1963 but never quite had the opportunity to do more until Knott became an England regular at the end of the 1960s. In 1971 he had his best summer, scoring exactly 1000 runs, but towards the end of the decade he lost his place to Paul Downton, retiring after a benefit season in 1980.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?