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Jason Edward Richie Gallian

The innings which sticks in the minds of many Notts supporters was played by Gallian at Derby in 2002. For those who require a gentle nudge, Notts had been bowled out in the first innings for 240; Derbyshire obtained a lead of 100 or so; in the final innings, Notts required 323 for victory. Gallian opened the batting, watched wickets fall at the other end, whilst he remained calm and collected.

The ninth wicket disappeared with still 46 required. Greg Smith was the last man. The necessary runs were obtained, an unbelievable victory achieved. Gallian was unbeaten after a stint lasting nearly seven hours. In contrast to that delightful outcome, Gallian batted in all ten hours against Essex at Chelmsford the following summer for innings of 65 and 79, but virtually everyone else fell apart, so Gallian's’determination came to nought - Essex won by nine wickets. Much more salutary was the summer of 2004, when Gallian led Notts to the Division Two title. He and Darren Bicknell opened the batting in every first-class innings, an unique experience for modern times. Notts went on to claim the Championship title in 2005 and much credit for that honour went again to Gallian and Bicknell whose average first wicket partnership per innings that season was 54 – the highest in county cricket.

The confidence that is engendered when the opening pair continuously provide a sound foundation for their more flamboyant successors is not measurable. Gallian of course will recall 2005 for a bizarre record – being run out twice with his score at 199 v Sussex at Trent Bridge and v Kent at Canterbury. For that reason alone he will remain a feature of cricket quizzes for time immemorial. Gallian is in my terms an old-fashioned batsman – it will be remembered that after years of indecision County Championship matches were increased from three to four days to train English batsmen for Test cricket. Gallian is an ideal, but everyone else has conveniently forgotten the directive and has adopted the six or out style. Born in Australia, Gallian learnt his cricket there and was so successful as a youngster that he captained Australia Under 19s. Against England he led his side to a three nil series ‘Test’ win.

In 1990 he came to England, living in Lancashire – his parents were both Lancastrians – and played for his father’s old club, Werneth. The experts at Old Trafford were impressed by the young batsman and he appeared in several Lancashire Seconds matches, as well as making his first-class debut for Lancashire v Oxford University. He chose to quit Australia and remain in England to qualify by residence. In 1992 and 1993 he played for Oxford in the Varsity match, being captain in the second year.

He qualified as an English player in 1994 and was seen regularly in the Lancashire side that summer. In 1995 he hit 1,000 runs and made his England Test debut v West Indies; the following winter he toured South Africa with the England side. 1996 saw his incredible triple century – 312 for Lancashire v Derbyshire at Old Trafford, the longest innings (670 minutes) ever recorded in Championship history. In 1996-97 he toured Australia with England ‘A’, but he felt restless at Old Trafford and after the 1997 summer opted to move to Trent Bridge, where his erstwhile mentor, Alan Ormrod was manager.

The move was not quite as smooth as he’d hoped – a leg injured meant he missed a number of early matches; he returned to the side suddenly to have the captaincy thrust upon him (Paul Johnson resigned the post at the end of July). This was quite traumatic but then Notts decided to dispense with Ormrod and appoint, as manager, a totally different character, Clive Rice. Other problems beyond his control did nothing to make his leadership task easier. In 2000 with great hype Notts signed the world’s fastest bowler – Shoaib Akhtar. He never played but the county were without an overseas star for a month or more as a result. In ten seasons with Notts (really nine, since injury forced him to miss almost all of 2001)

Gallian joined Essex in 2007 on a two-year contract. He played 24 first-class game for the county scoring 1093 runs before announcing his retirment in August 2009.

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