Wilfred Flowers, born in Calverton on December 7, 1856, was a former Nottinghamshire & England cricketer. He starred for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club between the years 1877 & 1896. Played for England in eight Test matches, including the Australia tours of 1884 and 1886. In the 1883 season Wilfred became the first ever Notts player to get a 'cricketers double' i.e. 1000 runs and 100 wickets. He was the last survivor of the Notts XI that played the touring Australians in 1878.
Calverton players who have appeared for other counties are: Amos Hind (Derbyshire, 1876). He scored 77 against the MCC, and also captured the wicket of the great Dr. W.G. Grace. He was afterwards professional for Halifax.
Wilfred Meads played for Surrey, and in his first match took seven Gloucestershire wickets. He was later coach at Dublin University. And later the Lancashire groundsman at Aigburth, Liverpool.
In addition many village players accepted professional engagements at towns and colleges, as many as thirteen in one season going away. They included Caffyn Hind, J.C. Hind, H. Hind, W.B. Morley, S. Binch, D. Binch, F. Binch, M. Harrison, T. Lee and J. Binch
Herbert Hind, in 1900, captured 10 wickets against the strong Notts Commercial team for Calverton to win, and Horace Hind was a promising member of the Notts staff, whose career was cut short by the war.
The 1980s saw the Evans brothers, Kevin and Russell, enter the cricketing world.
Kevin was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium-fast. Having played for the Nottinghamshire Second XI since 1981, Evans made his first-class debut for Nottinghamshire against Cambridge University in 1984 at Trent Bridge. He played two further first-class matches in his debut season against the touring Sri Lankans and West Indians, as well as making his List A debut against Middlesex in the 1984 John Player Special League.First-class and List A appearances were few and far between for Evans between 1984 and 1987, but he eventually broke into the Nottinghamshire side on a regular basis in the 1988 season.
An all-rounder, Evans was able to provide valuable runs down the batting order, though he had mixed seasons and struggles with consistency. His most successful season with the bat in first-class cricket came in 1990 when he scored 738 runs at an average of 46.12, including making his maiden century against Somerset, which followed on from a duck he had made earlier in the match. His batting average mostly stuck around in the twenties and he only had an average higher than thirty in three seasons. It was a similar story with the ball for Evans in his first-class career, with him not taking a five wicket haul until the 1991 season. Typically, his bowling average season-to-season fluctuated in the late twenties to mid-thirties. He took 40 wickets or more in a season on three occasions, with the 1997 season being his most successful with 45 wickets at an average of 28.37 (though he did take 48 wickets in 1992, but at a higher average), Evans played a total of 161 first-class matches for Nottinghamshire between 1984 and 1999, scoring 4,198 runs at an average of 23.85, with a high score of 104, one of three centuries along with 21 half centuries he made. An able fielder, he also took 111 catches. Evans along with West Indian Jimmy Adams holds the record for the 9th wicket for Nottinghamshire with a partnership of 170. With the ball, he took 364 wickets at an average of 33.23, with best figures of 6/40, one of ten five wicket hauls he took.
After leaving Nottinghamshire at the end of the 1999 season, Evans proceeded to join Shropshire for the 2000 season, making his debut for the county against Herefordshire in the MCCA Knockout Trophy and in the same season making Minor Counties Championship debut against Oxfordshire. He made his first List A appearances for the county in the 2000 NatWest Trophy against the Surrey Cricket Board. He made three further List A appearances for Shropshire, the last of which came against Oxfordshire in the 2nd round of the 2002 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy, which was played in 2001 to avoid fixture congestion. He took 6 wickets in his four matches, which came at an average of 28.16, with best figures of 3/37,while with the bat he scored 23 runs at an average of 11.50, with a high score of 9 not out. He played Minor counties for Shropshire for just two seasons, having made thirteen Minor Counties Championship and six MCCA Knockout Trophy appearances.
Russell was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He made his List A debut for Nottinghamshire against Hampshire in the 1985 John Player Special League. He made 4 further List A appearances for Nottinghamshire, the last of which came against Yorkshire in the 1988 Refuge Assurance League. In his 6 List A matches for the county, he scored 55 runs at an average of 13.75, with a high score of 20. He made his first-class debut for Nottinghamshire against the touring Pakistanis in 1987. He made 5 further first-class appearances for Nottinghamshire, the last of which came against Cambridge University. In his 6 first-class matches for the county, he scored 112 runs at an average of 18.66, with a high score of 50 not out. This score, his only fifty for Nottinghamshire, came against the touring Sri Lankans in 1988. With the ball, he took 3 wickets at a bowling average of 32.33, with best figures of 3/40.With opportunities limited at Nottinghamshire, he left the county at the end of the 1990 season.
He later joined Lincolnshire, making his debut against Northumberland in the 1993 MCCA Knockout Trophy. He played Minor counties cricket from 1993 to 1997, making 33 Minor Counties Championship appearances and 10 MCCA Knockout Trophy appearances. He played his first List A match for the county against Glamorgan in the 1994 NatWest Trophy. He made 2 further List A appearances for Lincolnshire, against Gloucestershire in the 1996 NatWest Trophy and Derbyshire in the 1997 NatWest Trophy. While playing for Lincolnshire he appeared in a single first-class match for the Minor Counties against the touring South Africans. He opened the batting in this match, scoring 59 runs in the Minor Counties first-innings before being dismissed by Richard Snell. In the second-innings he was run out for 30 runs. He also played List A cricket for the Minor Counties, making his debut in the limited-overs format for the team against Lancashire in the 1995 Benson & Hedges Cup. He made 6 further List A appearances for the team, the last of which came against Durham in the 1996 Benson & Hedges Cup. He scored 135 runs in his 7 matches for the team, which came at an average of 22.50, with a high score of 56. This score came against Durham in the 1995 Benson & Hedges Cup.
He has since stood as an umpire in first-class matches, as well as Women's One Day Internationals and Women's Twenty20 Internationals. In 2011, he was added to the England and Wales Cricket Board list of reserve umpires.