Nottinghamshire will be looking for their first victory of the LV= County Championship season when they welcome Somerset to Trent Bridge for a four-day match, beginning on Sunday 17 May.
Neither county has yet recorded a win in 2015 so the match will be of extra significance as both look to get their campaigns up and running.
Head To Head
Nottinghamshire and Somerset have met on 123 occasions in first class cricket, with Notts slightly ahead on head-to-head victories with 31 wins to Somerset’s 30. The other 62 matches have been drawn.
Notts have hosted the contest 62 times with all but three of the meetings being played at Trent Bridge. In 1961 and 1965 the fixture was staged at Worksop’s Town Ground and in 1968 they met at Elm Avenue, Newark.
In home matches Notts have been victorious 19 times, most recently in 1999, 2009, 2010 and last year.
Somerset’s last victory at Trent Bridge was in 2007, with the matches in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013 all being drawn.
Last season’s corresponding match between Nottinghamshire and Somerset began on June 22 2014, possibly the home side’s best day of the entire season.
It ended with Notts having skittled the home side out cheaply and already forged a first innings advantage. Marcus Trescothick made 87 for the visitors, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, but there was little other resistance as Harry Gurney, Andre Adams, Peter Siddle and Ajmal Shahzad shared out the wickets to dismiss their opponents for only 168 in 51.2 overs.
That score was put in context as openers Phil Jaques and Steven Mullaney replied with a stand of 203, which was broken just before stumps when Mullaney fell for 91.
Jaques had already advanced into three figures but was dismissed early on the second morning for 113. Samit Patel, with 94 and Riki Wessels, who made 74, ensured Notts secured maximum points as they posted 461, a first innings advantage of 293.
Somerset prolonged the contest into the fourth day after Peter Trego made an unbeaten 107, Chris Jones scored 77 and last man Jamie Overton registered a 50 in a frustrating tenth wicket stand of 71.
In pursuit of just 111 to win, Notts suffered a major blip at the start of their chase, ending the first over on 0-2, with Mullaney and James Taylor both falling to Craig Overton.
The same bowler also removed Patel, leaving the home side on 66 for three at stumps on the third day. Jaques and Shahzad ensured there would be no more alarms as they quickly sealed the seven-wicket win on the final morning.
There have been some classic encounters over the years between Notts and Somerset. Some of the more spectacular achievements have been:
The third morning of Nottinghamshire’s match against Somerset at Trent Bridge in 1893 saw fast bowler Frank Shacklock re-write the county records. Dismissing Spurway, Gibbs and Newton in Somerset’s second innings, he became the fifth man to take a hat-trick for Notts. The next ball though, he went one better, making it four in four by removing Trask. All four Somerset batsmen had been dismissed the same way– clean bowled.
Left-arm quick bowler Barry Stead took 653 first-class wickets, with a best of 8-44 which came in 1972, for Notts against Somerset at Trent Bridge, and included a hat-trick of Roy Virgin, Richard Cooper and Brian Close.
Scoring Nottinghamshire’s highest individual score in 24 years, Derek Randall made 204 not out on the opening day of a championship match against Somerset at Trent Bridge in 1976. Sadly for the Retford-born batsman, the outcome of the contest failed to make it a milestone worth celebrating.
Chasing 301 to win on the final day, the visitors romped to a six-wicket win thanks to a stunning maiden century from Ian Botham. The 20-year-old, showing an early glimpse of the form which would typify much of his career, blazed his way to 167 not out, with 20 boundaries and six maximums.
In the 1987 clash at Trent Bridge Richard Hadlee became only the second Notts player, following John Jackson’s achievements 124 years earlier, to score a century and pick up two six-wicket hauls in the same match.
He hit 101 in Notts first innings, either side of collecting 6-41 and 6-42. For good measure his unbeaten 23 saw Notts over the finishing line to record a five-wicket win.
Alex Hales’ scored 184 in the 2011 match at Trent Bridge, an innings that saw him rewarded with his county cap the following day.
Highest Team Total
Notts 585-5 dec (Trent Bridge) 1947
Somerset 654-8 dec (Trent Bridge) 2004
Highest Individual Score:
Notts 214* J Hardstaff (Trent Bridge) 1937
Somerset 250 J Cox (Trent Bridge) 2004
Notts 8-30 W Voce (Weston-super-Mare) 1939
Somerset 9-33 EJ Tyler (Taunton) 1892
Played For Them Both
Vernon Philander will be facing some former team-mates this week when he lines up for Nottinghamshire against one of his previous counties.
The South African quick bowler, who has joined the Trent Bridge staff for the early part of this season, played for Somerset in 2012.
He appeared in five first class matches for the Cider Men, scoring 62 runs, with a top score of 38 and took 23 wickets with a best return of 5-43.
Others to have played for both Nottinghamshire and Somerset in recent years include Matt Wood, Ben Phillips, Neil Edwards, Simon Francis, Kevin O’Brien and Dirk Nannes.
Chris Read’s appearance in this match will be his 270th first class outing for Nottinghamshire, putting him joint-40th on the county’s all time list, level with Eddie Hemmings.
If Read scores 18 runs in the match he will have registered more first class runs against Somerset than against any other county side. He has scored 1059 against Middlesex and goes into this match with 1042 against the Cider Men, making his runs at an average of 45.3 with one century and 8 fifties.
Alex Hales has scored 4890 first class runs for Nottinghamshire and Will Gidman has claimed 196 first class wickets.
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!
For admission prices and all matchday information please check the official Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club website www.trentbridge.co.uk
BBC Radio Nottingham will be providing on-line commentary of this and every Nottinghamshire match this season. Access the link on the BBC Sport website or the BBC Sport app.
Due to an event taking place at Nottingham Forest, the NFFC car park will not be available on the first day of the Somerset clash (May 17). Notts Sports Ground will be open and stewarded from 8.30am.