Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is to honour some of the leading figures in its history by launching a ‘Hall of Fame’ at the County Ground.

The first 12 inductees – chosen by a judging panel – will be announced during the first day of Specsavers County Championship cricket at Northampton this season, against Warwickshire on Friday April 20.

The selection process will then be opened up to shareholders, life members, season ticket holders and supporters, who can make their own nominations for a further three inductees.

Details on how to nominate will be announced next month.

These additional choices will be named at the club’s end-of-season dinner, and it’s hoped as many supporters as possible will want to attend and be among the first to know who gets the nod!

Further inductees will be selected every year, and all those honoured will have a special plaque placed in a dedicated area of the Spencer Pavilion – a welcome new ‘destination’ for visitors to the ground.

Hall of Fame membership is open to players and non-players alike, the only ‘qualification’ being distinguished service to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.

“It’s very important that we preserve and promote the heritage of our club and honour those who’ve achieved great things for us, on or off the field,” says NCCC chairman Gavin Warren.

“It’s a project we’ve had in mind for some time and I’m delighted we’re now able to launch it.

“Membership of the Hall of Fame will be a considerable honour and we feel it’s important to involve everyone who supports the club in making some of the selections.

“Hopefully it will generate plenty of discussion – and maybe even the occasional disagreement!  But it’s a permanent and tangible way of honouring the ‘greats’ of Northamptonshire cricket.”

“Thanks are due to Suzanne Fairey and Andrew Radd for getting this important project off the ground.”