Having become the first cricket ground in the world to stage fifty official Twenty20 matches, as it did last Sunday against Warwickshire, Trent Bridge plays host to its 34th One Day International this week when England face Bangladesh.
It will be the second time that ‘The Tigers’ have played an ODI in Nottingham and they’ll be hoping for better fortune than they experienced on their last visit in 2005.
Andrew Strauss hit 152 out of England’s total of 391-4 – an ODI 50 over record on the ground – but astonishingly he didn’t win the Man of the Match Award. That went to Paul Collingwood who experienced an all-rounders dream ‘double’ of 112 not out followed up by bowling figures of 6-31 with the ball. One of his victims was Mohamed Ashraful, who at least restored some Bangladeshi pride with a fine knock of 94, out of a total of 223 all out.
Trent Bridge staged its first ever One Day International on 31 August 1974 when England played Pakistan. Originally scheduled to be a 55 over contest, morning rain reduced the contest to just fifty overs per side. England made 244-4, with David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd carrying his bat throughout the innings to reach 116 not out.
Pakistan gave ODI debuts to Imran Khan and Zaheer Abbas but it was another of their celebrated batsmen, Majid Khan, who replied with a ton of his own as the tourists eased to a 7 wicket victory.
"There’s no finer cricketing sight than a packed Trent Bridge all spruced up for international duty."
Apart from Lloyd, Strauss and Collingwood’s centuries, there have only been six other occasions on which an English batter has reached three figures. Nick Knight and Alec Stewart both carried their bats right through completed innings, Keith Fletcher and Robin Smith scored tons, in 1975 and 1990 respectively – whilst Alan Lamb is the only cricketer to score two ODI hundreds at Trent Bridge – 118 v Pakistan in 1982 and 100 not out against the Aussies seven years later.
There have only been five visiting centurions – Majid and Zaheer for Pakistan – and three Australians, Trevor (the third brother!) Chappell, in a 1983 World Cup match against India, plus Ricky Ponting and Tim Paine, who both did it last September in the two back-to-back matches staged here.
Apart from ‘Colly’, Waqar Younis and Ken MacLeay are the only bowlers to claim six-wicket hauls in Trent Bridge ODI’s – with Nottinghamshire’s Stuart Broad, joining the great Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev as the only two bowlers to get five-fors.
Broad’s effort came two years ago, as South Africa were skittled for just 83 in 23 overs. England’s ten wicket victory took just 14.1 overs to complete, making it the quickest-ever ODI match and leaving the spectators feeling very short-changed!
Apart from Stuart – eight other Notts players (at the time) have represented England in Trent Bridge ODI’s, his dad Chris, Eddie Hemmings, Derek Randall, Chris Lewis, Paul Franks, Chris Read, Ryan Sidebottom and Graeme Swann.
The closest finish in the previous 33 matches came in 1989 when England and Australia contested a tie in a 55 over game – 226 runs apiece – and perhaps the biggest shock came during a 1983 World Cup match when Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs - and nine of the previous matches were umpired by the late, great David Shepherd.
There’s no finer cricketing sight than a packed Trent Bridge all spruced up for international duty and fingers crossed, whatever else happens at Trent Bridge on Thursday, as long as there’s play of some sort the ground will keep up its proud record of not having lost an ODI game to the elements!
Tickets are still available so click here to book your seat.
England v Bangladesh Ticket Information
Thursday 8th July, 2.30pm, Trent Bridge
Adult ticket prices:
Radcliffe Road Stand £40
Hound Road Stand £40
New Stand £35
Fox Road Stand £35
William Clarke (Alcohol-free family stand) £30
Under 16 ticket prices
William Clarke (Alcohol-free family stand) £12
Any other stand £13
Methods of purchase
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