Notts Outlaws play their first away fixture in this season’s Royal London One-Day Cup on Thursday.
The Outlaws travel to Hove to meet Sussex Sharks at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground after picking up three points from their two matches over the weekend of cricket held at Welbeck Cricket Club.
Sussex suffered a wash-out in the opening match in the tournament, with no play possible against Lancashire at Horsham on Sunday. They then sustained a heavy loss on Monday evening, going down to Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl.
With the top four going through to the quarter finals, it’s bound to be a competitive affair under the Hove floodlights.
Head To Head
In all one-day competitions Notts and Sussex have contested 50 fixtures, with Notts ahead by 26 wins to 21.
Two matches have been washed-out, without a ball being bowled, and the 2004 match in Hove ended in a thrilling tie.
Sussex have hosted Notts on 24 previous occasions within their own county, with matches being played at Horsham, Eastbourne and Arundel as well as at Hove.
Notts have triumphed seven times at Sussex’s county headquarters, with the home side winning six of the matches.
One match was tied and another was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The last one-day meeting at Hove was almost exactly two years ago, a group fixture during the Outlaws' successful Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign.
On 15 August 2013 the Outlaws went down to a four-wicket defeat, despite a century from Alex Hales.
It all looked rosy for Notts as Hales powered his way to 101 and David Hussey added an unbeaten 82 as the visitors posted an impressive 290 for five.
Sussex had their own centurion to thank for getting them over the finishing line, as skipper Ed Joyce ended with 123 not out to steer his side to victory, with nine balls of the match remaining.
A year ago Hales was at it again, running up another one-day century against Sussex when the sides met at Horsham. He posted 116 as Notts ran up a score of 312 for eight from their 50 overs.
Sussex fell 29 runs short after being restricted to 283 for eight.
A dramatic finish to a Totesport League 40-over match at Hove in 2004 saw Nottinghamshire grab a share of the points thanks to the bowling of Ryan Sidebottom. Batting first, Notts scored 260-4, with Russell Warren making 78 and Jason Gallian 77. Sussex’s reply went right down to the final delivery, which arrived with the scores level and last man James Kirtley on strike. Sidebottom’s delivery clattered into the stumps to earn his side an unexpected tie.
In 2005 Samit Patel – then aged 20 – batted at number nine in the match at Hove and scored 61 not out, this remains the highest score by a Nottinghamshire no.9 in any limited overs contest.
The only hat-trick in the meetings came at Hove in 2009, when Dwayne Smith removed Bilal Shafayat, Kevin O’Brien and Jake Ball (on his first team debut) in successive deliveries.
Stats (for all one-day fixtures between Notts and Sussex)
Highest Team Total
Notts: 312-8 (Horsham, 2014)
Sussex: 293-6 (Hove, 2013)
Highest Individual Score:
Notts: 118 PR Pollard (Trent Bridge, 1996)
Sussex: 123* CD Hopkinson (Hove, 2007)
Sussex: 123* EC Joyce (Hove, 2013)
Notts: 6-18 CEB Rice (Hove, 1982)
Sussex: 7-41 AN Jones (Trent Bridge, 1986)
Played For Them Both
Two of Nottinghamshire’s most illustrious overseas stars also appeared for Sussex during their careers. Vasbert Drakes, who won 12 Test caps for the West Indies, played for Sussex in 1996 and 1997 before joining Notts two years later.
The last county cricketer to achieve the first class double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in the same season also has links to both counties.
Franklyn Stephenson played for Notts from 1988 to 1991 and featured in 82 first class matches, completing his most famous feat in his first season at Trent Bridge.
The Barbadian, who has hosted the Notts team at his cricket academy on their last two pre-season tours, joined Sussex in 1992 and appeared 62 times for them.
In 2000 Giles Haywood moved north to join Notts from Sussex but he only made five List-A appearances for the Outlaws before being released.
In 2013 James Taylor guested for Sussex in their tour match against Australia. Taylor, on stand-by should he be needed to replace injury-doubt Kevin Pietersen for the Third Test match, made an impressive 121 not out.
Ajmal Shahzad joined Sussex for the 2015 season after spending two years on the Trent Bridge staff. The all-rounder, who featured in the Outlaws one-day success at Lord’s, in his first season, is currently injured and unavailable for this match.
Did You Know?
Kepler Wessels, father of current Notts star, Riki Wessels, played for Sussex between 1976 and 1980, scoring 4,329 first class runs at an average above 52. He also scored 1,411 one-day runs, averaging 36, with two centuries.
Wessels senior is one of only 14 players to have represented two different countries in Test match cricket. He appeared on 24 occasions for Australia, prior to his 16 outings for South Africa.
Alex Hales (8) needs one more century to match the Nottinghamshire one-day records of Chris Broad and Tim Robinson. Both scored nine hundreds, with only Paul Johnson, 13, having registered more for the county.
Chris Read (298) needs two more victims to become the first Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper to reach 300 one-day dismissals for the county. He’s currently taken 234 catches and made 64 stumpings.
James Taylor (4,480) needs 20 more runs to reach 4,500 in List A cricket.
Luke Fletcher (44) is approaching 50 wickets in List A cricket.
Sussex County Cricket Club has announced the following prices for this match, for non-members:
Adults - £15.00
Junior (16 and under) - £5.00
Children (Under 5) – Free
Full details and all other matchday information can be found on the host county’s official website: www.sussexcricket.co.uk
BBC Radio Nottingham will be providing on-line commentary on this and every Notts match throughout the season. Access the on-line coverage via the BBC Sport website or app.
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Notts Outlaws will next be in home action with two floodlit Royal London One-Day Cup matches against Kent (Monday 17 August) and Hampshire (Wednesday 19 August) at Trent Bridge. Don't miss out on the next step of our summer of cricket and secure your seats now.