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Nelson's New PRO

21 Oct 1944
Nelson Cricket Club

Nelson's New PRO

In September 1944 the Lancashire League authorised clubs to engage professionals for the 1945 season, for the first time since 1940. On 21 October 1944 the Express reported that Nelson had signed A.E. Nutter,the Lancashire County player, and "feel confident they have secured a competent all round player."
At the outbreak of war "he was regarded as one of the coming all-rounders in England, a medium to fast bowler, a fine batsman and one of the best fielders in first-class cricket." When County cricket was suspended he joined the R.A.F. and had figured in most of their representative games "with outstanding success."
By 1944, he was 30. Burnley born, he was the son of Ronnie Nutter of Colne who had played cricket both as an amateur and professional, locally and in Formby.
On 31st August 1945 the Express reported that Nutter was to be presented at that day's game "with the ball, suitably mounted, with which he took ten wickets for 13 runs at Lowerhouse on May 19th."
Amazingly, Nelson didn't even win that game. Lowerhouse's pro Norman Spencer took 8 for 30 including a hat-trick.
Nutter only stayed the one season at Burnley, and from 1948 to 1953 he played for Northamptonshire. In later life he emigrated to South Africa, and died in Cape Town in 1996 aged 83.