Nottinghamshire are in red ball action this coming weekend, when they host Warwickshire in the LV= County Championship. The four-day match begins at Trent Bridge on Friday morning and pits together two sides intent on pressing for a top three finish in the Division One table.
Notts go into the match on the back of consecutive victories. Their successes at Horsham and New Road have enabled the side to reach fifth spot, on 149 points. Warwickshire are currently third, nine points better off.
Head To Head
Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire have met on a total of 131 occasions in first class cricket, with Notts boasting a winning record of 40 successes to the Bears’ 33.
One match was abandoned without a ball being bowled and the other 57 matches have been drawn.
This week sees Notts host their opponents for the 68th time, having won 28 of the previous home matches, most recently in 2010 when they claimed 20 wickets on the second day.
Warwickshire’s win last year was their eleventh in Nottingham and the draw in 2013 was the 28th time the contest has finished without a positive result.
The 1987 fixture was staged at Worksop, and resulted in an innings victory for Notts but all other home meetings have been at the county headquarters at Trent Bridge.
Warwickshire needed only two and a half days to complete a comprehensive 98-run victory over Notts in last season’s match at Trent Bridge.
A century from Ian Bell was the highlight of the opening day as the visitors posted 263 after being put in.
Bell made 122 before being bowled by Andy Carter, who recorded figures of five for 55, his best performance for the county.
The innings only lasted for 72.2 overs, so there was plenty of time remaining for Notts to begin their reply.
Unfortunately, the home side were undone by a devastating burst from the Bears’ attack and slumped to 43 for six, with no-one reaching double figures.
Samit Patel and Chris Read lifted the total to 115 the next morning, at which point Patel fell to Hannon-Dalby for 54.
Only one more run was added, with Chris Woakes removing Read, Andy Carter and Harry Gurney in the same over to finish with three for 13.
Warwickshire looked to build on their 147-run lead but were blown away inside 40 overs for only 152.
Set to score 300 in more than six sessions Notts were going along nicely at 118 for one, with Phil Jaques making 64 and Michael Lumb 40.
There was little to come in the way of support though and Notts folded for 201.
Previous clashes with Warwickshire throw up a host of memories and a cluster of random statistics from classic encounters, both from a bygone era as well as more recent times.
Perhaps surprisingly, given the longevity of the fixture, Warwickshire have never reached 500 at Trent Bridge, with Notts only doing it once against their forthcoming opponents, with 514 in 2005.
That game saw David Hussey make 232, the first of his three ‘double-tons’ for Nottinghamshire and the highest individual score by a Notts player at home to Warwickshire.
The Bears’ Rohan Kanhai did even better in 1968, scoring 253 out of a stand of 402 for the fourth wicket with Khalid Ibadulla, a first class record at Trent Bridge.
Kanhai, one of the West Indies all-time greats, clearly enjoyed batting in West Bridgford as he also recorded centuries on two other visits with his county – 105 in 1970 and 114 in 1973.
Nottinghamshire’s best bowling at home to the Bears was achieved by Harold Larwood in 1930. The fearsome quickie grabbed 7-57. Five years ago another Nottinghamshire and England Test bowler did take eight wickets against Warwickshire for the first time but Stuart Broad’s 8-53 came at Edgbaston.
Current Notts skipper Chris Read has enjoyed the fixture with centuries in both 1999 and in 2009. The first of them was his maiden hundred in first class cricket and his eventual score of 160 remains the highest score ever made by a Nottinghamshire number seven batsman.
Read’s absence in 2006 enabled David Alleyne to make a rare appearance, which he celebrated by hitting a career-high 106, as well as picking up a tally of nine dismissals in the match.
Played For Them Both
Imran Tahir made his Nottinghamshire first class debut just over a week ago in the victory over Worcestershire at New Road. The South African international has returned to play for his country in their international ODI series against New Zealand before coming back to Trent Bridge for the remainder of the season.
Tahir spent the 2010 season with Warwickshire, making 16 first class, 13 one-day and 17 T20 appearances for the Bears.
Others to have represented both Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire at first class level include Dilip Doshi, Vasbert Drakes, Eddie Hemmings, Deryck Murray, Anurag Singh, Daniel Vettori and Mark Wagh.
Stats (for all first class fixtures between Notts & Warks)
Highest Team Total:
Notts: 656-3dec (Butts Ground, Coventry, 1928)
Warks: 574-7dec (Edgbaston, 2011)
Highest Individual Score:
Notts: 232* DJ Hussey (Trent Bridge, 2005)
Warks: 253 RB Kanhai (Trent Bridge, 1968)
Notts: 8-52 SCJ Broad (Edgbaston, 2010)
Warks: 10-49 WE Hollies (Edgbaston, 1946)
Only one hat-trick has been taken in the series of matches and that came at Trent Bridge on 16 July 1997 when Nottinghamshire’s Paul Franks dismissed Trevor Penney, Dougie Brown and Graeme Welch with successive deliveries. Penney was caught behind, by wicketkeeper Wayne Noon, with Brown and Welch each being clean bowled.
Did You Know?
Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes has appeared in Nottinghamshire’s colours this season.
The Warwickshire all-rounder, recovering from injury, made a guest appearance for Notts’ second team in their Second Eleven Championship match against Worcestershire at Nottinghamshire Sports Club in early July.
Woakes bowled eight overs in each innings, returning figures of one for ten and one for 22 and made scores of 0 and 93 not out in the drawn contest.
Chris Read (14,948) needs a further 52 runs to reach 15,000 in first class cricket.
Chris Read (993) is only seven wicketkeeping victims away from reaching 1,000 in first class cricket.
Gary Keedy (696) needs four more wickets for 700 in first class cricket.
Will Gidman (198) needs two more wickets to reach 200 in first class cricket.
Steven Mullaney (46) needs four more wickets to reach 50 in first class cricket.
Harry Gurney (145) needs five more wickets to reach 150 first class wickets for Nottinghamshire.
Brendan Taylor (898) needs a further 102 runs to reach 1,000 in first class cricket this season. James Taylor (885) needs 115 runs.
Riki Wessels (858) and Alex Hales (826) are both also within range of reaching 1,000 first class runs this season.
Brendan Taylor (99) will make his 100th first class appearance if he is in the Notts XI for this game.
BBC Radio Nottingham will be providing on-line commentary and regular reports from all four days of this fixture. You can access the commentary via the BBC Sport website and app.
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