Karl Turner’s quest to play first class cricket was finally fulfilled in 2011 when Nottinghamshire offered him a short-term contract.
The left-hander had spent five years hoping to be elevated from Durham’s second team before looking elsewhere for an opportunity. Trials with Hampshire and Derbyshire preceded his arrival in Nottingham.
A score of 185 against MCC, in just his second match, couldn’t have been more timely. The watching Paul Johnson and Ali Brown were suitably impressed and, with Notts about to lose Samit Patel and Alex Hales to the England Lions, Karl was given his chance.
Ironically his debut came at Durham and in front of watching family and friends he made a classy 40 in his first match, opening the innings with another debutant, Sam Kelsall.
Karl ended the season with five championship and two one-day appearances under his belt for Notts – with a top score of 64 against Sussex bringing him a maiden fifty and the offer of a new deal for 2012.