Chris Nash dreams of playing for Nottinghamshire until he is 40 after joining the ‘top team in the country’


Until two weeks ago Chris Nash had been a one club man – or one club man and boy.

The opening batsman had been with Sussex since the age of eight, before asking to be released from his contract a year early, ending an association that lasted 26 years.

With a limited number of players available, Nash was a sought after name on the back of a career which has seen him score 11,424 first-class runs.

For Nottinghamshire he was the obvious solution after they were shorn of the experience of Michael Lumb and Brendan Taylor midway through last season, not to mention Chris Read after the last ball was bowled at Nash’s former home.

They moved quickly and now Nash is venturing away from Hove for the first time in his career.

Yet there remains an air of familiarity when it comes to Trent Bridge. Not only does he average 57.64 there, but he is already fond of Nottingham, having taken his girlfriend out on their first date in the city 13 years ago, when they were studying at Loughborough University.

Combine that with the fact he will be reunited with his former coach at Sussex – Peter Moores – at the most successful club in the club in the country in 2017 and it was a “no brainer” to put pen to paper on a three-year deal he hopes will be extend even until he is 40.

Chris Nash celebrates a half century for Sussex against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge

“I think what made the move even easier when we sat down and talked about it was having both gone to Loughborough we know the area,” he said.

“I think our first date was in Nottingham, so it’s a special place in many ways! I want to play on the best team, with the best coaches at the best ground, so moving up to Notts makes perfect sense.

“Once me and Sussex reached an agreement, as soon as that happened Notts came straight in. With my connection with Pete, my success previously at Trent Bridge and the success they had last season it was an absolute no brainer for me.

“Having won two trophies and been promoted you would have to say they’re the top team in the country at the moment.

“They’ve got one of the great coaches in county cricket with top international experience. Everyone has massive respect for him.

“You add the ground and the fact Nottingham is a great place to live, to make the move was easy. Hopefully I can carry on four, five or six years more.

“This is a great move for me at this stage of my career.

“Division One is the place to be and playing at a Test ground will be amazing. I’ve played most of my career in Div One and I can’t wait to get back.

“You have the success of 2017, but they’ve lost two senior batters in Brendan Taylor and Michael Lumb in the last few months.

“For me to be able to try and make up their runs, but also what I can give the guys as an experienced player, is really exciting for me.

“Having been given that responsibility is really special. Joining a club of this size at this stage of my career, it gives you a massive lift.”

Nash has hit three centuries and three 50s in 14 innings at Trent Bridge and he averages 49.16 against Notts over the course of his career.

He says the third oldest Test venue in the world has often inspired him to produce his best with the bat, while he will also offer a more than useful off spin to complement Samit Patel.

Chris Nash hits a boundary for Sussex Sharks

“Over the years I’ve had success in general against Notts, home and away,” he said. “Maybe this was a bad move actually!

“Maybe I’ve cut off some of my runs for the season! I’ve always enjoyed playing at Trent Bridge.

“With going university in Loughborough I’ve always spent quite a lot of time in Nottingham. I used to go and watch games there when I was young, especially when Sussex played.

“I just really enjoy it as an arena. It’s a special ground and I’ve always felt inspired to perform there.”

Last season Nash averaged only 27 in the County Championship, however, he fared far better in limited overs games, especially in the NatWest T20 Blast as he hit 520 runs, the sixth best return in the tournament.

“Last year four day cricket didn’t go as planned. That can happen,” he said.

“I put a huge focus on white ball cricket last year and the results showed. It was a disappointing Championship year, but I feel as fit and as motivated as ever.”



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