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Paul McMahon

Paul Joseph McMahon

216 cricketers have represented Notts in first-class cricket since 1946. Most of them have graduated through the Notts youth coaching schemes; McMahon possible didn’t check that when in 1994 he became the captain of Notts Under 11s just a single right arm off-break bowler had made it to Notts First Eleven and played in more than 50 matches – that was Peter Such, who appeared in 52 games before disappearing to Leicestershire.

To gain a permanent place in a county side purely on your ability as an off-spinner is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. The best known Notts off-spinners are Hemmings, Wells, White and Smales – all of whom had years of apprenticeship with other counties prior to arriving at Trent Bridge.

Paul McMahon was the county’s most successful off –spinner at every youth level from Under 11s through to Under 19s. In respect of the latter, he captained England Under 19s in 2002, taking eight wickets in the final Test.

In the same year he was on the playing staff at Trent Bridge and made two Championship appearances. In the autumn of 2002, he went up to Wadham College, Oxford, where he won his blue in all three years and led the University in 2004 and 2005.

During those seasons he returned to notts in his summer cavacations, but it was not until 2006 that he was available for the full summer at Trent Bridge. He captained the seconds and was often seen in the Wollaton side, bowling in tandem with his father, a left arm spinner. With a legal degree under his cap he may fight for equality for off
-spinners.

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