Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire:
Featured News | 14th July 2013
Nottinghamshire return to LV=County Championship action this week when they visit Edgbaston to face the reigning champions, Warwickshire.
Both sides have an identical playing record in the First Division, each with two wins, two losses and five draws from their opening nine contests.
By virtue of gaining more bonus points Notts lie in fifth position on 98 points, eight clear of the sixth-placed Bears.
Head to head
There have been 50 previous meetings between the sides at first class level in Birmingham, with the initial contest taking place way back in 1894.
The overall record shows the home side with 15 victories, Nottinghamshire have ten wins, with 24 draws and one no result.
In overall meetings the sides have met on 127 occasions, with Nottinghamshire boasting a winning record of 40 successes to Warwickshire’s 30. 56 matches have been drawn and one match was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Last year’s match at Edgbaston was played in late August and ended in a high-scoring draw after the second day was totally lost to rain.
Batting first, Warwickshire made 504 for six declared, with Tim Ambrose recording an undefeated 151.
Notts responded with 356 for eight declared. Chris Read called time on the innings once the follow-on had been saved, mainly due to a stand of 222 between himself and Alex Hales.
Read made 95 but Hales was undefeated on 155 at the time of the declaration.
Second time around, Warwickshire were on 86-3 at the close.
Played for them both
Dilip Doshi made his Nottinghamshire debut against the touring West Indians in 1973. The bespectacled slow left-arm spinner made an early impression, claiming the wickets of Lawrence Rowe, Clive Lloyd and Bernard Julien during his first bowl.
Doshi, born in Rajkot in 1947, went on to make 44 first class appearances for Notts, taking 157 wickets at 29.22 apiece, with a best of 6-33.
He joined Warwickshire for the 1980 and 1981 campaigns and took 146 wickets in 43 matches for them.
In 33 Test matches Doshi also bagged 114 wickets at an average of just above 30.
Amongst the other players to have turned out for both Notts and Warwickshire are Deryck Murray, Eddie Hemmings, Vasbert Drakes, Anurag Singh and Mark Wagh.
Past meetings have featured some unusual occurrences – none more so than the 1931 clash. Aged 52, Notts batsman George Gunn scored 183 and his son, 26-year-old George Vernon Gunn, made 100 not out, his maiden century for the county. It is the only instance of father and son scoring hundreds in the same innings.
One of the most curious results of all-time came in 1946 when Nottinghamshire put together a seven-wicket victory, despite being bowled out for just 135 in their first innings. What makes it all the more remarkable is that all ten of those wickets fell to Eric Hollies, who ended with 10-46 and still finished on the losing side.
In 2000, Nottinghamshire’s openers broke the county first-wicket record at Edgbaston by putting on an undefeated 406. Guy Welton made 200 not out, with Darren Bicknell unbeaten on 180.
In 2001 Warwickshire won by 139 runs. As Notts subsided to a second innings collapse they were helped on their way by a spell of 3-1-3-3 by Mark Wagh – later to move to Notts – whose victims included Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen had a better time of it two years later and made 221 not out - one run more than Chris Lewis scored in the 1994 fixture on the same ground.
KP’s double was complemented by a Chris Cairns century as Notts powered on to 646, their highest total in Birmingham, although in 1928 they hit 656 for 3 declared in an away match against Warwickshire, played at the Butts Ground in Coventry.
Three Notts players have made their first class debuts at Edgbaston – John Howarth, Peter Plummer and Bobby Chapman, whilst Warwickshire’s Keith Barker made his initial appearance in the 2009 game.
Three seasons ago Stuart Broad’s second innings figures of 8-52 propelled his side to a 10-wicket victory and completed a home and away ‘double’ during Nottinghamshire’s championship-winning year.
Two years ago Alex Hales carried his bat in scoring 106 not out as Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 222 in their second innings.
The right-hander wasn’t the first to carry his bat for Notts at Edgbaston. That honour fell to his current director of cricket.
Mick Newell, though, was left stranded on just 10 in the 1988 fixture as Notts were dismissed for only 44 in their second innings to lose by 161 runs.
Hales has scored centuries in the last two meetings in Birmingham and averages 198.00 on the ground, with 396 runs scored in 5 innings, three of them being not outs.
Did You Know?
On 16 July 1997 – sixteen years ago this week – Paul Franks took a hat-trick for Nottinghamshire against Warwickshire.
His victims in the Trent Bridge match were Trevor Penney, Dougie Brown and Graeme Welch.
Two Nottinghamshire players will celebrate birthdays during the course of the match.
David Hussey will be 36 on the first day of the match. Born in Morley, Western Australia, on 15 July 1977, he made his Notts debut in 2004.
Team-mate Andre Adams was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 17 July 1975 and will celebrate his 38th birthday on Wednesday.
Harry Gurney has taken 49 first class wickets for Nottinghamshire.
For information on ground admission, car parking and any other queries please check the official Warwickshire CCC website
BBC Radio Nottingham will be providing ball-by-ball on-line commentary, via the BBC Sport website.