Notts Outlaws welcome Surrey to Trent Bridge for the Outlaws’ 8th CB40 group match. The sides occupy 2nd and 3rd place in the table respectively with both sides locked on 10 points each.
The sides last met at Guildford three weeks ago in what proved to be a comprehensive victory for Chris Read’s side.
Having lost the toss and been asked to field the Outlaws ran through the Surrey top in a devastating 4 over spell that left Surrey 8-5.
Matthew Spriegel (39) and captain Gareth Batty (24) showed signs of a recovery but Harry Gurney collected 4 wickets as Surrey were bundled out for 123 inside 34 overs.
It was then left to James Taylor (41 not out) to see the Outlaws home with over 9 overs remaining.
You have to go back to the 9th September 2001 for the last time these two sides met in a limited overs match.
Notts had John Morris (102) and Kevin Pietersen (61 not out) to thank as they amassed 277-7 from their 45 overs having been put into bat by Adam Hollioake.
However, a blistering 130 from 97 balls by former Notts and Surrey opener Ali Brown eased Surrey home by 5 wickets.
Brown’s record as one of the best limited overs players in domestic cricket is unquestioned.
One of his greatest achievements came in the C&G Trophy when he hit 268 off 130 balls (30x4, 12x6) as Surrey scored 438-5 inside 50 overs.
That score remains the highest ever made by individual in limited overs cricket anywhere in the world.
Domestically, he holds the record for the highest individual score in 40 over cricket following his innings of 203 for Surrey against Hampshire at Guildford in 1997.
"Alex Hales and Adam Voges need just 2 and 6 runs respectively to pass the 200 run mark for the competition."
The Outlaws will be without James Taylor because of international commitments on Wednesday evening.
Taylor, who signed for the county from Leicestershire in the close season, has impressed with the bat in the CB40 competition, scoring 345 runs at an average of 69.
Taylor’s absence may allow Samit Patel to make up some ground on his England colleague.
The all-rounder currently has 265 CB40 runs at an average of 37.85 from 7 matches and sits second behind Taylor in the Outlaws run scoring charts.
Alex Hales and Adam Voges need just 2 and 6 runs respectively to pass the 200 run mark for the competition.
In the bowling department, both Darren Pattinson and Samit Patel continue to lead the way for the Outlaws with 11 wickets each.
Despite Surrey’s depleted batting line-up, the Outlaws will still have to contend with explosive England wicketkeeper batsman Steve Davies, who is Chris Adams’ leading run scorer in the competition with 192 runs from 7 matches at an average of 32.
One of Surrey’s strongest weapons in one day cricket is their bowling attack.
On Wednesday evening, the Outlaws are likely to come up against current England pace bowlers Stuart Meaker and Jade Dernbach, along with former England swing bowler Jon Lewis.
However, Chris Read’s side will also have to wary of leading wicket taker and stand in captain Gareth Batty who has taken 9 wickets at an average just a shade over 16.
Calum McKenzie is a freelance sports journalist who regularly commentates on Notts Outlaws matches for the in-ground commentary headsets provided by the RNIB. Blind and partially sighted visitors to Trent Bridge can collect headsets from Radcliffe Road reception.