Paul Franks begins the 2012 season on the brink of collecting his 500th first class wicket.
The Mansfield-born all-rounder made his Nottinghamshire debut in a championship match against Hampshire at Southampton in 1996, claiming Giles White as his maiden wicket.
Warwickshire’s visit to Trent Bridge in July 1997 enabled Paul to take Nottinghamshire’s first hat-trick for a decade and the following February he became a World Cup winner, helping the England Under-19 side defeat their New Zealand counterparts in the final in Johannesburg.
Paul appeared to be set for a lengthy international career when he represented his country in an ODI against the West Indies on his home Trent Bridge ground in 2000 but, sadly, a period out of the game with a troublesome knee injury then disrupted his progress.
Over the past decade Paul ‘aka The General’ has become an integral part of the Nottinghamshire squad with his lively medium-pacers and reliable left-handed batting.
Normally pencilled in for the number eight slot n the order, he has occasionally been elevated to the opening position and has now amassed more than 6,000 first class runs for his county, which includes four centuries.
A never-say-die competitor, Paul was a member of the county’s title-winning side in both 2005 and 2010 and is the current Nottinghamshire vice-captain.