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Notts Outlaws v Kent Spitfires

Featured News | 7th August 2014

Notts Outlaws play their fourth match in the Royal London One Day Cup on Friday when they face Kent Spitfires at Trent Bridge (2pm start).

The match pits together the only two unbeaten sides in Group B. Kent currently top the group with 7 points from 4 matches, having defeated Somerset at Taunton and both Durham and Glamorgan at Canterbury. Their other match, against Surrey at The Oval, was dramatically tied earlier this week.

The Outlaws are unbeaten after their opening 3 fixtures, winning the 2 away matches – against Sussex at Horsham and against Glamorgan at Cardiff but being held to a tie against Somerset at home.



In domestic one-day competition Notts have met Kent on 48 previous occasions, with the win / lose ratio exactly level at 21 wins apiece. Five contests have been washed out and in 1969 the two counties produced a tie.

At Trent Bridge the sides have met on 25 occasions, with the home side leading by 14 wins to 8, with a couple of matches ruined by the weather, in addition to the one tie.


Last Time

On 8 May 2013 Notts Outlaws and Kent Spitfires met in a day/night contest in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition at Trent Bridge.

Put In by Chris Read, the visitors made 220-6 from their 40 over allocation, with Rob Key scoring 62, supported by Brendan Nash, who added 42 and Geraint Jones, who weighed in with 39 from just 21 balls towards the end of the innings.

Steven Mullaney was the pick of the home attack, collecting 4-29.

A rain delay reduced the Outlaws target to 140 from 19 overs, a target achieved with 7 wickets and 15 balls to spare, thanks to an unbeaten stand of 67 in just 6.2 overs between James Taylor (50* from 42 balls) and Riki Wessels (37* from 21).

Notts completed the double over the Spitfires with a 5-wicket win at Canterbury last August, a success that secured a home semi final for the Outlaws.


The 1969 Player’s County League match at Trent Bridge officially resulted in a tie. Rain reduced the Kent innings to just 27 overs, with a score of 134-9 being posted. Notts revised target was 112 in 20 overs but they ended on 111-7, with England’s Derek Underwood taking 4-16 for the visitors.

The 1993 match at Trent Bridge featured a number of individual and team records (below) but was also memorable for the introduction of coloured clothing to our domestic one-day game.

Notts wore their green strip for the first time as they pulled off a stunning run chase, overhauling Kent’s 264-9 in sensational fashion, reaching their target in just 35.2 overs.

Nottinghamshire’s highest score at Trent Bridge is the 296-6 they posted in 1989, whilst Kent’s highest at Trent Bridge is 317-8, scored in 2002.

Paul Johnson’s 167* in 1993 is the highest score by a Notts batsman, with Kent’s Trevor Ward making 131 in the same match.



Chris Cairns’ 6-52 in 1993 are the best bowling figures by a Notts bowler, whilst Kevin Saxelby and Chris Lewis are the other home bowlers to take five wickets in an innings against Kent sat Trent Bridge.

Kevin Jarvis claimed 5-24 in 1985, the best for Kent.

The 1993 match also featured two outstanding second wicket stands. For Notts, Paul Johnson and Tim Robinson put on an unbroken 213, a county record stand for any wicket. Coincidentally, in that same match, Kent’s Trevor Ward and Carl Hooper put on 218 for the second wicket also.

Played For Them Both

Born at Winchmore Hill in Middlesex, Dave Halfyard became a Nottinghamshire player thanks to a stroke of good fortune.

Bad luck had prematurely halted his first-class career with Kent after he had been badly hurt in a motoring accident.

The right-arm medium-pace bowler played in 185 first class matches for the Canterbury-based county, taking a phenomenal 769 wickets at an average of 24 apiece. He claimed 49 five-wicket hauls, with a best of 9-39.

After his accident he qualified as a first-class umpire but was observed bowling a few deliveries in the nets at a Notts match and was offered a trial. He went on to make 77 first-class and 38 List A appearances for the county, taking 194 wickets in the longer format and 50 in the shorter, all between the ages of 37 and 39. After retiring to North Devon, he passed away at his home in Northam in 1996. 

Others to have represented both counties include Greg Blewett, Paul Strang, Rob Ferley, Mark Ealham, Ben Phillips and Charlie Shreck.

Mark Davies, currently with Kent, played one match on loan with Notts during his time as a Durham player.

Jimmy Adams is the current Head Coach of Kent. The former West Indian Test star played for Nottinghamshire during the 1994 season.


Stats (for all one-day matches between Notts & Kent)

Highest Team Total

Notts: 296-6 (TB 1989)

Kent: 317-8 (TB 2002)

Highest Individual Innings

Notts: 167* P Johnson (TB 1993)

Kent: 131 TR Ward (TB 1993)

Best Bowling:

Notts: 6-52 CL Cairns (TB 1993)

Kent: 5-24 KBS Jarvis (TB 1985)


Did You Know?

In 1995 Nottinghamshire secured some one-day silverware at the expense of Kent. The two counties met in the final of the Tetley Bitter Festival Trophy at Scarborough.


Skippered by Paul Johnson, Notts made 197 with Chris Cairns hitting a lusty 62 not out. The reply soon ran into difficulties and only lasted 33.2 of the scheduled 40 overs with Notts securing the trophy by a 60-run margin.



Chris Read will be making his 250th one-day appearance for Notts in this match, tying with Kevin Cooper in joint-8th place on the county’s all-time list. Read’s catch to dismiss David Lloyd in last week’s match against Glamorgan gave him his 291st List A dismissal for the county (230 catches 61 stumpings), taking him past Bruce French as the wicketkeeper having the most one-day dismissals for Notts.

Riki Wessels has scored 2,915 List A runs, Samit Patel has taken 48 List A wickets solely at Trent Bridge, Steven Mullaney has delivered 1994 balls in one-day cricket and Sam Kelsall is scheduled to play his first competitive one-day match, having only featured against Sri Lanka A and Bangladesh A before.



Tickets are available for this match, either in advance or on the gate. Tickets can be found via the Trent Bridge website.


BBC Radio Nottingham will be providing on-line commentary of the match, access via the BBC Sport website.

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