John Nicholls


Name John Nicholls
Nicknames Jonty, La La, Bucket hands.
Debut 1987.   Appearances 221
Football West Bromwich Albion
Fascinating fact Has the biggest human hands ever in history, as certified by Norris McWhirter and the Guinness Book of Records.
Best figures 5-7 and 65    Runs 585   Wkts 270   Catches 54  DNB’s 136!!

WHCC Jonty 250A bona fide Walsall Health legend and pioneer of the La La delivery which has been the ruin of many a poor unsuspecting batsman.

Etched into the history books of The Elf with his prowess in the field, with the bat (where his French cricket style of batting has won plaudits from Walsall to Willenhall) and with the ball (taking his 250th wicket against Highwood Park in September 2014).

See Tales from the Cricket Bag in which our hero features regularly….

Jonty has contributed so much to the Elf, and is still one of the few original members of that 1987 team to still be playing today. With 270 wkts to his name, Jonty is the only player in club history to take back to back 5-fors, and one of only 3 players to register a hat-trick. Jonty has also amassed a record 136 DNB’s. A real travesty, considering he has a top score of 65.


Bowler of the Year  1994  2002  2009

Clubman of the Year  2000  2003


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