Nottinghamshire travel to Cornwall this week to face the Netherlands in a Yorkshire Bank 40 match. Rather than hosting the fixture in their own country, the Dutch have elected to accept an invitation to play the match at Boscawen Park in Truro, as part of this year’s Cornish Cricket Festival.
The Outlaws currently sit top of Group A in the qualifying competition, with an unprecedented six wins out of six.
Their opponents won a rain-affected match at Worcester on Sunday to move off the bottom of their table. Aside from that win they have had two matches rained off and lost the other four of their opening seven contests.
Head to Head
Nottinghamshire and Netherlands met for the first time last month, at Trent Bridge. The Outlaws scored 263 for five from their forty overs, with James Taylor, Samit Patel and Michael Lumb all passing fifty.
Netherlands were then dismissed for 174 in 38.3 overs after tea, with Australian Dom Michael scoring an unbeaten 59. Ajmal Shahzad, with three for 26, recording the best figures for the Outlaws bowlers as the 89-run win was celebrated.
In the 2007 Cricket World Cup Daan van Bunge, of the Netherlands, was the unfortunate bowler when South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs hit him for the maximum six sixes in one over, in a match played at Warner Park, St Kitts.
Played For Both
Former Dutch international T20 specialist Dirk Nannes appeared for the Notts Outlaws in 2010 and was a member of the side that participated at Finals Day at the Rose Bowl.
Nannes, a left-arm quick bowler, appeared for the Netherlands in the ICC World T20 tournament in 2009, making his debut in a victory over England at Lord’s.
He made 16 appearances for Notts, a year later, taking 17 wickets.
Cricket has been played in the Netherlands since the 19th century but it is only in the modern era that they have enhanced their reputation on the world stage.
They have competed in four Cricket World Cups, 1996, 2003, 2007 and 2011 but their most famous achievement came in the 2009 ICC World T20 competition when they pulled off a 4-wicket success over England at Lord’s.
Netherlands have played in the domestic competitions in this country since 1996 but had never met Nottinghamshire until the Trent Bridge clash last month.
Did You Know?
The match will be played on the 36th anniversary of the lowest score ever made against Notts in List-A cricket.
On Sunday 19th June 1977 Nottinghamshire were playing against Northants at the County Ground, Northampton.
Notts had struggled to make their way to 130-8 in their 40 overs but it was more than enough as the home side folded for just 43. Five different bowlers shared the wickets with Dilip Doshi’s figures making the most interesting reading: 8-7-1-1.
Chris Read has scored 4955 one-day runs in his career and Alex Hales has now registered 1949.
In winning their opening six matches Notts have made their best start to any one-day season since 1976, when they won their first seven matches, four in the Benson and Hedges Cup group stages and three in the John Player Sunday League.
The Outlaws have been hit by injuries to two of their regular white-ball players with Riki Wessels (hand) and Andy Carter (back) currently sidelined.
Ed Cowan will travel to Cornwall, where he will play his final match as a Nottinghamshire player before handing over the overseas berth to David Hussey.
Luke Fletcher is also in the squad and may come into the side as Mick Newell looks to ease the workload amongst his bowlers.
The Dutch are expected to select the same side which was on duty at Worcester on Sunday: Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Stephan Myburgh, Tom Cooper, Daan van Bunge, Dom Michael, Eric Szwarczynski, James Gruijters, Ahsan Malik, Pietar Seelart and Vivian Kingma.
For information on tickets, gate opening times and match day catering please refer to the official website of the Cornish Cricket Festival.
BBC Radio Nottingham will be providing ball-by-ball on-line commentary, via the BBC Sport website.