Nottinghamshire host their first home LV= County Championship match on Sunday when they welcome Yorkshire to Trent Bridge.
Both sides were in action in the first week of the season, with Nottinghamshire being held to a draw against Middlesex at Lord’s, whilst Yorkshire, the defending champions, started the defence of their title in style with a three-day victory over Worcestershire at New Road.
Head To Head
Nottinghamshire have hosted their northern neighbours on 127 occasions over the 152 years that they have been competing together. Between 1960 and 1991 thirteen of the meetings were played at the Town Ground in Worksop. Otherwise Trent Bridge has been the regular venue, where 22 home victories have been registered, 35 victories have gone to the away side and the remaining 57 clashes were drawn.
Notts’ last three wins in the fixture came in 1993, 1995 and 2008. Yorkshire’s most recent successes were in ,2010, 2013 and last year, with the last three draws being 2006, 2009 and 2011.
Yorkshire’s last visit to Trent Bridge will be remembered more fondly by the visitors than by their hosts as the match concluded with the presentation of the LV= County Championship trophy to the winners.
Notts had tussled with the White Rose all summer in pursuit of the top spot in the Division One table but by the time of the clash, which began on 9 September, Yorkshire knew one more victory would be enough to clinch the title.
Batting first, after winning the toss, the visitors ensured they couldn’t be defeated by racking up a mammoth 532 for nine declared in their first innings.
Adam Lyth made Notts pay for spilling him on nought by scoring 122, Gary Ballance made 99, Tim Bresnan 95 and Alex Lees 86.
Gary Keedy was given a hefty workload on his home debut for Notts, bowling 50 overs before returning figures of five for 163.
Nottinghamshire’s batting line-up was then removed twice by a fired-up bowling unit, aware that the ultimate prize was in sight.
Chris Read’s unbeaten 81 was the only score of note as Notts succumbed for 203 and, following on, they were then bowled out for 177 with James Taylor making 75.
The win, by a margin of an innings and 152 runs, was a personal triumph for Ryan Sidebottom. The former Notts Outlaw took 9 wickets on his old stomping ground, including second innings figures of six for 30.
Jubilant scenes followed as Yorkshire deservedly received their prize, an image that may be used to inspire Nottinghamshire this week.
History has brought up a number of remarkable feats in meetings between the two counties. Back in 1901 Nottinghamshire were dismissed for their lowest ever first class score here, as Yorkshire’s Wilfred Rhodes (6-4) and Schofield Haigh (4-8) whipped out their hosts for just 13.
A notable feat belongs to Nottinghamshire’s George Gunn, who scored a century in each innings in the 1913 encounter here – but even that outstanding contribution pales into insignificance compared to Franklyn Stephenson’s ‘career game’ in 1988.
Before him, only another Nottinghamshire player, Richard Hadlee in 1984, had achieved the modern ‘double’ of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in a first class season since the number of games was reduced in 1969.
‘Franky’ went into the final game of his debut season at home to Yorkshire still well short on the number of runs. He reached his landmark by making scores of 111 and 117 and celebrated by taking eleven wickets in the match also. Staggeringly, Notts somehow contrived to lose the contest.
James Shaw has the best figures by a Notts bowler at Trent Bridge against Yorkshire, taking 8-32 in 1865.
Hedley Verity’s 10-10 at Headingley in 1932 is the best figures by anyone against Notts. It surpassed Wilfred Rhodes’ 8-38 in 1899, the previous best by a Yorkshire bowler in Nottingham.
Percy Holmes holds the record for Yorkshire’s highest score at Trent Bridge, 285 in 1929. Jonathan Bairstow’s innings of 205, made here four years ago, is the only other double-hundred scored on the ground by a member of the White Rose.
In 1990 Tim Robinson scored an unbeaten 220, the highest by a home batsman at Trent Bridge v Yorkshire.
No Nottinghamshire bowler has ever taken a hat-trick against Yorkshire yet the feat has been done seven times by Tykes’ bowlers.
Former Yorkshire fast bowler Fred Trueman is the only man to take three first class hat-tricks against Nottinghamshire. The England international achieved the feat at Trent Bridge in 1951, at Scarborough in 1955 and at Bradford in 1963.
Played for them both
Close links between the two counties have been inevitable over the years and many players have represented both in championship cricket.
Ryan Sidebottom was a member of Nottinghamshire’s title-winning sides in 2005 and 2010 before returning to his first county. Sadly, an injury picked up at New Road is likely to rule the left-armer out of this week’s match.
Ajmal Shahzad left Notts to join Sussex in the close season after two years on the Trent Bridge staff. He had begun his career at his home county, Yorkshire.
Phil Jaques played in eleven 11 LV= County Championship matches for Notts last season, after enjoying a lengthy relationship with the Headingley-based county, representing them 53 times in first class cricket.
Two current members of the Nottinghamshire staff, Michael Lumb and Gary Keedy, began their careers at Headingley and others to have played for both counties include Greg Blewett, Brian Bolus, Mike Bore, Mark Broadhurst, Gareth Clough, Younis Khan, Ashley Metcalfe, Barry Stead, Richard Stemp and Alex Wharf.
Stats (for all first class matches between Notts & Yorkshire)
Highest Team Total
Notts: 545-7dec (Headingley 2010)
Yorkshire: 572-8dec (Scarborough 2013)
Highest Individual Score
Notts: 251* DJ Hussey (Headingley 2010)
Yorkshire: 285 P Holmes (Trent Bridge 1929)
Notts: 8-32 JC Shaw (Trent Bridge 1865)
Yorkshire: 10-10 H Verity (Headingley 1932)
One to Watch
Yorkshire will welcome Andrew Gale back into their starting eleven this week.
The left-handed batsmen has served a suspension, spanning the end of last season and the start of this but returns to captain the side he led to championship glory last year.
Gale has established a phenomenal record against Nottinghamshire, frequently running up huge individual scores against Chris Read’s side.
The 31-year old has scored 17 first class hundreds, with three of them coming against Notts, including a career-best 272 which was made at Scarborough in 2013.
He’d previously made an unbeaten 151 at Trent Bridge in 2010 and followed it with 145 at Headingley a year later.
Nottinghamshire players approaching milestones this week include:
Samit Patel: has played 149 first class matches
Chris Read: has made 849 first class dismissals for Nottinghamshire (out of overall total of 970) – total is made up of 809 catches and 40 stumpings
Will Gidman: has taken 194 first class wickets
Harry Gurney: has scored 199 first class runs
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