Nottinghamshire v Lancashire:
Featured News | 4th June 2012
Nottinghamshire will look to extend their unbeaten start to the LV= County Championship season when they play host to reigning title-holders Lancashire in the four-day match beginning at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
The sides have already met this season at Old Trafford, with Notts coming out on top by a convincing 185-run margin. Andre Adams collected match figures of 10-65, including a career-best 7-32 in the first innings, as Lancashire were bowled out for scores of 146 and 142.
Should Nottinghamshire win this return fixture it would be the first occasion since their title-winning season of 1991 that they had completed the home and away ‘double’ over the Red Rose county. That was also the same year that Notts last remained undefeated after eight championship fixtures, a record they’ll equal if they don’t lose this week.
In all, there have been 112 previous first class meetings at Trent Bridge between the two counties, with the home side having picked up 32 wins in the series of matches, Lancashire have gained 23 successes, whilst the remaining 57 contests have been drawn.
Last June Lancashire came out on top here, with Stephen Moore’s undefeated century guiding his side to a 6-wicket success.
A year earlier, a fourth day crowd anticipating hat the match would be allowed to meander to a draw, were given an unexpected bonus when two morning declarations set up a thrilling run-chase, with Notts left to score 260 in 64 overs.
Alex Hales had fallen for 98 early on the last day, as Nottinghamshire’s first innings drew to a close. Second time around his 93 anchored a successful run chase – making up for his own individual disappointment as he became unique in first class cricket for being dismissed twice in the nineties on the same day.
The early days of the fixture feature two contrasting performances from Lancashire pace bowler Arthur Mold. In 1895, whilst collecting match figures of 15-85, he tore through the Notts first innings with 8-20 as the hosts fell for just 35, helped by a spell of four wickets in four balls (Shrewsbury, Daft, Dixon and Wright).
Five years later Mold was denied the opportunity of a similarly destructive spell as he was removed from the attack after just one over after being called for throwing by umpire James Phillips. Mold – an England Test player – took 1673 wickets during his 12 year career.
Three Nottinghamshire bowlers have recorded hat-tricks in the series of matches, John Dixon (1887), Len Richmond (1928) and Ken Smales (1955), whilst John Gunn’s 8-80 in 1921 remains the best innings analysis for the home side.
The only double-ton scored by a Notts batter was Clive Rice’s 213 not out in 1978, whilst John Crawley’s 250 in 1994 remains the best by a visitor.
Arthur Jones (1903) and Norman Hill (1959) both achieved a century in each innings at Trent Bridge against Lancs.
Over the past 40 years the likes of Jack Bond, Mark Crawley, Jason Gallian and Steve Elworthy have represented each county, as well as two more recent representatives.
South African batsman Ashwell Prince played four first class matches for Notts in 2008 and current Trent Bridge favourite Steven Mullaney made four appearances for Lancs before moving to Nottingham ahead of the 2010 season.
There are a few milestones to perhaps keep an eye out for this week. On the batting front, Michael Lumb has 7913 first class runs to his name, Samit Patel has 5913 and James Taylor 4995.
Andre Adams has taken 595 first class wickets, whilst Chris Read has taken 697 first class dismissals for Notts and his next innings will be his 400th in first class cricket.
Nottinghamshire enter this round of fixtures with a one-point advantage over Warwickshire at the top of the Division One table, with Lancashire, fresh from their 2-wicket success over Durham last week, fifth on 57 points.
Dave Bracegirdle provides ball-by-ball commentary on all of Nottinghamshire's LV= County Championship fixtures on behalf of BBC Radio Nottingham.