Notts Outlaws return to white ball action on Friday evening (5.30pm) when they face the Durham Jets at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, Chester-le-Street.
With all teams playing 14 matches at the group stage, the situation towards the top of the North Division is getting quite congested, with all of the leaders having played 9 matches.
Worcestershire and Lancashire, have 13 points, Notts go into this game on 11 and Durham are a further couple of points behind. Yorkshire, Birmingham and Northants are all still very much in the mix, with the top four qualifying for the quarter finals.
Head To Head
Notts Outlaws have played a total of 18 matches in the T20 format against Durham, winning 9, losing 7 and with two matches being abandoned.
In the north east the Outlaws have won on three occasions (2010, 2012 and 2013), have lost four times (2003, 2005, 2009 and 2011) and the 2007 and 2008 matches were both abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Last season’s match at Chester=le-Street was played on 6 July 2013 and was won by Notts by 8 wickets.
That wasn’t the biggest story though, from the visitor’s perspective. No Outlaws batsman has ever scored a century for the county in T20 cricket but Michael Lumb had a great opportunity in this match.
Put in, Durham made 154 for four, with captain Mark Stoneman making 51, adding 61 for the second wicket with Scott Borthwick, who added 44. Both were dismissed by David Hussey (2-23), with Jake Ball (2-21) taking the other two wickets to fall.
Lumb’s opening salvo soon settled the contest. He added 91 (in just 9.1) overs with Alex Hales, who scored 34 and raced to 96 (52 balls 14x4 3x6) before being stumped off Borthwick.
Ten runs were still needed when the left-hander got out, so the century was very much on but it was left to James Taylor (15 not out) and Hussey (8 not out) to see Notts over the line, with 27 balls to spare.
The sides have already met at Trent Bridge, earlier this season, with Durham winning a low-scoring contest by just 3 runs.
On the very first day of T20 cricket in this country the opening match of the new tournament featured Durham at home to Notts.
The game was played at Chester-le-Street on 13th June 2003 and it was Durham who emerged victorious, with a 6-wicket triumph.
Jason Gallian skippered Notts and led the charge with an innings of 62 as his side posted 157-7.
Opener Nicky Peng led the response with an innings of 49, as the home county cantered to their target with five balls to spare.
Teams for that very first contest:
Durham: Peng, Mustard, Wells, Thorpe, G Pratt, Lewis, Muchall, Hunter, Phillips, Killeen, Davies
Notts: Gallian, Afzaal, Welton, Pietersen, Shafayat, Franks, Clough, Noon, Logan, Harris, MacGill
Played For Them Both
Six cricketers have played in first class matches for both Nottinghamshire and Durham. The first to do so was wicketkeeper Chris Scott, who played 63 times for Notts between 1981 and 1991, then moved north to join Durham for their debut season in the county championship.
Others to have represented the two counties include: Mark Saxelby, Nathan Astle, John Morris, Will Smith and Mark Davies.
Did You Know?
Amongst the quaint-sounding villages local to Durham’s home ground at Chester-le-Street are the wonderfully-named ‘No Place’ and ‘Pity Me’.
Stats (Notts v Durham in T20)
Highest Team Total
Notts 213-4 (Trent Bridge 2011)
Durham 187-8 (Chester-le-Street 2012)
Lowest Team Total
Notts 159-7 (2013)
Durham 120ao (19.4) (2004)
Highest Individual Innings
Notts 96 MJ Lumb (Chester-le-Street 2013)
Durham 75 P Mustard (Chester-le-Street 2011)
Notts 4-25 SJ Mullaney (Trent Bridge 2014)
Durham 5-26 ME Claydon (Chester-le-Street 2009)
Solely for Notts Outlaws, Samit Patel has taken 95 wickets in T20 and Riki Wessels has scored 917 runs.
For all ticket and other matchday information for this fixture please see the official Durham County Cricket Club website, www.durhamccc.co.uk