Notts Outlaws face Somerset at Trent Bridge on Monday 9 September (4.10pm) in the semi final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition.
Notts have reached the last four after winning qualifying group A, with nine wins from their 12 matches. Somerset were the leading team in Group C, collecting eight victories. The winning side will advance to the Lord’s Final on Saturday 21 September, where they will meet the winners of the Hampshire v Glamorgan semi final.
Head to Head
In all forms of List-A cricket (ranging from 40 to 60 over contests) Notts and Somerset have met on 55 occasions.
Notts have won 20 of the meetings and Somerset 31. There have been two No Results, one complete Abandonment and one Tie (Taunton 1998).
There have been 27 meetings in Nottinghamshire, all at Trent Bridge except the 1970 clash which the home county won at Elm Avenue, Newark, by 4 wickets.
Notts have completed ten victories on home soil (1970, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012), with Somerset winning 15 matches, with two No Results.
The last one-day meeting in Nottingham came as recently as June 12 when Notts triumphed by 5 wickets. Put in, Somerset made 205 for eight from their forty overs, with Peter Trego top-scoring with 47. Jake Ball and Darren Pattinson each claimed three victims for the Outlaws.
Replying, Notts were sped to victory through half centuries from Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels.
Played For Them Both
Medium-fast bowler Simon Francis began his career with Hampshire but moved to Somerset in 2002. He played 40 times for the Taunton side, claiming 105 wickets.
Francis left the ‘Cider County’ at the end of the 2006 campaign but was taken on by Notts the following June. His two matches v Derbyshire and Gloucestershire, both at Trent Bridge, were the final ones of his first class career and brought just one wicket. He also appeared in two t20 games for Notts.
Others to have played for both Nottinghamshire and Somerset in recent years include Matt Wood, Ben Phillips, Neil Edwards and Kevin O’Brien.
The most famous meeting between the two county’s took place at Lord’s on 24 July 1992 at Lord’s, when they met in the Benson and Hedges Cup Final.
A Somerset side, containing the legendary trio of Richards, Botham and Garner, skittled Notts out for just 130 in 50.1 overs.
Mike Hendrick took the only wicket to fall, that of Peter Denning, as unbeaten fifties from Viv Richards and Peter Roebuck eased the county to a convincing 9-wicket victory.
Notts’ highest score v Somerset in one-day matches came at Taunton in 2002 when they hit 296-7 in a 45 overs per side day/night Norwich Union League match. Kevin Pietersen made 147 for the Robin Hood county in their 59-run success.
The highest score on home soil came in a pulsating Benson and Hedges Cup match in 1993, which Somerset won by 1 wicket, hitting the winning boundary from the final ball of the over after Notts had posted 279-6.
Pietersen holds the highest individual score, home and away, against the Cider Men. His 147 in 2002 was nearly beaten the following year, when he scored 141 not out in a triumph by 35 runs.
There have only been four Somerset one-day centuries registered in Nottingham. Vivian Richards scored two of them, 117 not out in 1983 and 108 not out, nine years earlier. Jamie Cox hit 101 in 1999 and Craig Kieswetter made exactly three figures two years ago.
Eddie Hemmings has the best figures by a Notts bowler against Somerset. In 1982 at the Recreation Ground in Bath, the off-spinner claimed 5-44.
Chris Tolley’s 4-24 in 1997 is the best at Trent Bridge.
Last season at Taunton Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman collected a haul of 6-16 when the sides met in the west country, the best Somerset analysis in the series of matches.
Nottinghamshire have previously reached four major domestic finals, winning two (1987 and 1989) and losing two (1982 and 1985).
Did You Know?
Mike Taylor played for Notts between 1964 and 1972 before leaving to joining Hampshire. During a similar period Mike’s twin brother, Derek, was Somerset’s wicket-keeper.
The brothers were born in Amersham, Bucks in 1942 and given the respective initials MNS and DJS – in each case the S stands for Somerset!
Notts Outlaws v Somerset will take place on Monday 9 September, with play starting at 4.10pm.
Tickets will be on sale to members from 9.30am on Thursday 29th August, in person at the ticket office, over the telephone on 0844 811 8711, or by clicking here.
Tickets will then go on general sale online only from 4.30pm on Thursday 29th August, and in person and over the phone from 9.30am on Friday 30th August.
Ticket prices are as follows:
In advance (until 1pm Saturday 7th September):
Adults £10 / Over 65s £7 / Under 16s £2
On the day (after the above time)
Adults £15 / Over 65s £15 / Under 16s £5
Yorkshire Bank 40 Hospitality Boxes
Hospitality boxes are also available for the semi-final, at a cost of £59 + VAT per head, which boasts the following:
Use of suite with private balcony overlooking field of play,
Traditional afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches and cakes served on arrival,
Hot main course dish served in your suite during the interval,
Selection of cheese and biscuits with chutney served during the 2 innings,
Host to look after your guests' drinks requirements (pay on the day),
Car parking (1:4).
This package is available to groups numbering 8 upwards, and can be booked via the Hospitality hotline: 0844 811 8710
BBC Radio Nottingham will be providing ball-by-ball coverage of Notts Outlaws V Somerset via the BBC Website