Mick Newell was born on 25 February 1965 at Blackburn, Lancashire but was educated at West Bridgford Comprehensive School.

He is 5 ft 8 inches tall (1.73m) and played for Nottinghamshire from 1984 to 1992 as a right-handed batsman and occasional leg-break bowler and wicket-keeper. He was awarded his county cap in 1987 and received a benefit in 1999. His best season was 1987 when he scored 1,054 first-class runs at 39.03 thus playing a big role in Notts. winning the County Championship that year. He scored 4,636 first-class runs in 102 matches at 30.50 with 6 hundreds, 24 fifties and a top score of 203* (v Derbyshire at Derby in 1987). He also took 93 catches and made 1 stumping. He scored 962 List A runs in 40 matches at 30.06 with 2 hundreds and 18 fifties and a top score of 109* (v Essex at Southend in 1990). He also took 13 catches.

During his playing days Newell won the County Championship in 1987, the NatWest Trophy in 1987, the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1989 and the Sunday League in 1991.

He was appointed in 1992, aged 27, 2nd XI manager and captain at Notts. He was promoted to 1st XI coach, taking over from Clive Rice, between 2002 and 2016 before becoming Director of Cricket. He has coached the club to County Championship titles in both 2005 and 2010 plus Yorkshire Bank 40 winners in 2013 along with the County Championship 2nd Division title in 2004 and the 2nd XI Trophy in 2011. Currently, the club looks well placed to win promotion to Division 1 of the County Championship for season 2018.

Under Newell, Notts. has nurtured players for international cricket such as Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Alex Hales, Samit Patel, Chris Read and the unfortunate James Taylor.

Mick was made an England Selector in 2014, replacing Ashley Giles, on a panel which includes James Whitaker (Chairman) and Angus Fraser.

We are fortunate to have as our guest a man who is at the forefront of English cricket and who plays a major role in shaping the make-up and direction of our national team.

Ken Burney

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