There’s no respite for Nottinghamshire at this busy time of the season, with an LV= County Championship match starting at Trent Bridge on Sunday 5 July 2015 (11am start). Opponents Middlesex are enjoying a fine season and currently sitting in third place in the First Division table.
Notts will be hoping they’ve turned the corner, following the thrilling success over Worcestershire in their most recent match. That was a second consecutive home success for Notts and they’ll be looking to add to their haul of victories against a side that they defeated at Trent Bridge last season.
Nottinghamshire versus Middlesex is one of county cricket’s most established fixtures, having first been played in 1866.
In first class competition there have been a total of 225 meetings, with the southern county having had the better of things.
Middlesex’s victory at Lord’s last season was their 77th win in the series of matches. Nottinghamshire won the reverse fixture, at Trent Bridge, to record their 56th victory over the side from the capital.
90 other matches have been drawn, whilst two matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The two county sides have met on 111 previous occasions in Nottinghamshire, with all but three of them taking place at Trent Bridge.
Middlesex were the victors by 61 runs at Newark in 1970, Notts won by 192 runs at Worksop, the following year, a ground which had also staged a draw in 1963.
Perhaps unusually, the away team have had the better of things over the years, with Middlesex boasting a 34 to 25 winning advantage, with the other 52 matches ending in draws.
Nottinghamshire’s relatively poor record is undoubtedly due to them going without a single victory between 1934 and 1955.
Nottinghamshire’s last 5 home wins came in 1988, 1998, 2002, 2006 and last year. Middlesex’s last 5 wins at Trent Bridge occurred in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2003 and 2013 and the last 5 draws were in 1994, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2012.
The corresponding fixture at Trent Bridge last June saw Nottinghamshire pull off a six wicket win which took them to the top of the first division table.
Set to score 385 in a minimum of 86 overs. the home side reached their target with 11.1 overs to spare, completing their third-highest chase of all time.
Five batsmen passed 50, with the platform for the victory being set up by the opening pair of Alex Hales and Phil Jaques, who posted 156 together.
Hales made 94, narrowly missing out on a century for the second time in the match, with Jaques contributing 76.
Michael Lumb scored 68, his first half-century of the season and it was left to James Taylor and Riki Wessels to see their side over the line with an unbeaten stand of 103.
The win was all the more remarkable because Middlesex had posted 505 in their first innings, a score built around a third wicket partnership of 272 between Eoin Morgan and Chris Rogers.
Morgan was eventually dismissed for 191 and Rogers for 191, a fair return for the Middlesex captain who had lost the toss and then been invited to gat first.
Notts responded with 392, thanks to solid contributions from Hales, who scored 96, plus 70s from Samit Patel and Riki Wessels.
Middlesex declared their second innings closed on 271 for nine but the impetus for an unlikely victory was with Notts as they charged towards the finishing line.
Wessels was particularly ruthless, bludgeoning 5 fours and 5 powerful maximums on his way to an undefeated 74, brought up in just 48 deliveries.
James Taylor’s seventh 50 of the summer came from 84 balls, with 4 fours and 1 six, as he closed on 56 not out amid jubilant scenes of celebration.
Played For Them Both
A significant number of players have represented both counties over the years, several of them in recent times.
When the two counties met at Lord’s at the start of this season Adam Voges captained Middlesex. The Australian, who is part of his country’s Ashes squad this summer, enjoyed several seasons on the Trent Bridge staff, highlighted by his century against Lancashire at Old Trafford which helped clinch the 2010 LV= county championship title.
That same fixture saw Vernon Philander make his Nottinghamshire debut. The South African pace bowler played 3 first class and 5 one-day matches for Middlesex in 2008 and made five championship appearances for the Trent Bridge side before departing on international duty last month.
James Franklin is enjoying a first season in the Middlesex ranks and is likely to lead the visitors’ this week, after making several appearances for Notts last year. The captain of Wellington, he is now available to Middlesex all summer after closing the door on his international career with New Zealand.
Others to have turned out for both Notts and Middlesex include Mike Harris, Bob White, Harry Latchman, Lance Klusener, David Alleyne, Dirk Nannes, Scott Newman and Stephen Fleming.
Two Nottinghamshire players turned in sensational performances in the 2002 win over Middlesex at Trent Bridge. Kevin Pietersen scored 254 not out and Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill claimed 14 wickets in the match with figures of six for 54 and eight for 111.
Apart from Pietersen’s knock, four other Nottinghamshire batsmen have registered double-hundreds against Middlesex in Nottingham.
Arthur Shrewsbury made 267 in 1887, Charlie Harris scored 234 in 1933, Joe Hardstaff jnr hit 243 in 1937 and Derek Randall, who followed his first innings score of 209 in 1979 with an innings of 146, the only instance of a Nottinghamshire batsman scoring centuries in both innings against the London side.
The most recent Nottinghamshire debutant in the home series of matches was 16-year old Bilal Shafayat, who made scores of 72 and 24 against Middlesex in 2001. Just six days away from his 17th birthday Bilal seemed on course for a debut century until trapped lbw by former England spinner Phil Tufnell.
Stats (for all Notts v Middlesex first class fixtures)
Highest Team Total
Notts 642-9 dec (2006) Lord’s
Middlesex 621-9 dec (1931) Trent Bridge
Lowest Team Total
Notts 40 (1895) Lord’s
Middlesex 32 (1882) Lord’s
Highest Individual Score
Notts 312* WW Keeton (1939) The Oval
Middlesex 245 WJ Edrich (1938) Lord’s
Best Bowling in Innings
Notts 8-31 CH Shreck (2006) Trent Bridge
Middlesex 9-32 JT Hearne (1891) Trent Bridge
Best Bowling in Match
Notts 14-165 SCG MacGill (2002) Trent Bridge
Middlesex 15-154 JT Hearne (1893) Trent Bridge
Did You Know?
Nottinghamshire’s highest-ever individual score came against Middlesex, when Walter Keeton made an undefeated 312 in 1939, in a match played at The Oval (Lord’s was being used for the annual Eton v Harrow fixture, which was given priority).
Alex Hales (4940) needs 60 runs to 5,000 in first class cricket for Nottinghamshire. He has also scored 92 for England Lions and 78 for Worcestershire.
Steven Mullaney (44) needs 6 wickets for 50 in first class cricket.
Samit Patel (8974) needs 26 runs for 9,000 in first class cricket.
Samit Patel (95) needs 5 catches to reach 100 in first class matches for Notts.
Will Gidman (2943) needs 57 runs to reach 3,000 in first class cricket.
Will Gidman (198) needs two more for 200 wickets in first class cricket.
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