Bradninch stalwart Paul Nott is facing a lengthy lay-off as he battles a shoulder injury that threatens to end his season. The Devon Over-50s regular has been connected with Bradninch CC since he was ‘knee high to a grasshopper’ following a family link that had seen his father and grandfather heavily connected to the club.
Despite now being ‘veteran’ status, he still commands a regular spot in the Bradninch 1st XI, this season competing in the Tolchards Devon League A Division.
Paul has picked up a shoulder injury similar to one that saw him out of action for six months ten years ago. Fortunately, that injury a decade ago led to a six-month lay-off ‘out of season’, but this time round the problem is keeping him out of the game currently, and threatening to end his season before it has really begun!
“I am having physiotherapy, but it really is a problem from which I cannot see a quick-fix solution. I hope I am wrong on that score, for missing any cricket, is a huge frustration to me.
Last time this happened I had an operation followed by six months of recovery, but fortunately that occurred between seasons. I’d like to think I am a winner, and so this thing will not beat me.
If the worst case scenario bites, that being an operation and lengthy lay-off, then I’ll just bite the bullet, do what the medical people advise and look to return to cricket as soon as possible.”