Notts Outlaws play their penultimate match in the qualifying stages of the Royal London one Day Cup on Thursday when they meet Middlesex Panthers in a day/night fixture at Lord’s (1pm start).
Following their defeat to Durham on Tuesday, the Outlaws have now slipped out of the top 4 qualifying positions, sitting on 7 points from 6 matches. They will be looking to return to winning ways against a Panthers side that have 5 points from 6 matches but could also still qualify with victories in their remaining 2 matches.
Head To Head
There have been 53 meetings between Notts and Middlesex in all one-day cricket, with matches being played in the various competitions between 40 and 60 overs.
Notts have won 18 but lost 30 of the contests, 2 matches ended in no results with 3 more abandoned without a ball bowled.
25 of the fixtures have been hosted by Middlesex, 21 of them at Lord’s plus 1987 and 1989 meetings at Uxbridge, a clash at Richmond in 2000 and in 2005 the two counties met at Southgate.
On home territory Middlesex have won 17 times and lost 7, with the 1982 match being completely washed out.
Notts have been victorious in each of the last three one-day matches played against Middlesex at Lord’s, 2004, 2006 and 2008 – as well as winning on the ground in their last appearance there, the Yorkshire Bank 40 Final against Glamorgan last September.
The last time Middlesex and Notts squared up at Lord’s in one-day competition was in the NatWest Pro40 League on 7th September 2008.
Batting first, Notts only made 180, being bowled out from the final delivery of their 40 over allocation. Graeme Swann, opening the innings, made 33 and Bilal Shafayat weighed in with 31 in an otherwise disappointing effort. Tim Murtagh was the pick of the home attack, taking 3-42.
Middlesex’s top 4 comprised Andrew Strauss, Ed Joyce, Owais Shah and Eoin Morgan but once they had all gone (93-4), Nottinghamshire’s bowlers turned the screws to dismiss the home side for only 161 in 38.2 overs.
Swann completed a fine match by taking 3-27 in the 19-run victory.
A couple of interesting dismissals feature in the history of this fixture.
SUNDAY 30th MAY 1976
It always pays to check with the umpires! Needing four to win a John Player League match at Lord’s, Middlesex’s Mike Gatting thought he’d hit the required boundary and walked towards the pavilion in celebration. A smart stop and throw from Nottinghamshire’s Barry Stead brought about one of the easiest – and most controversial – run outs ever seen at the Home of Cricket. Gatting’s 85 wasn’t in vain as his team-mates clinched the victory in the next over.
SUNDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 1994
Playing against Middlesex at Trent Bridge, in the AXA Equity and Law League, Nottinghamshire’s Greg Mike became only the second batsman in English domestic List A cricket (after Surrey’s DM Smith in 1982) to be given out handled the ball. He hadn’t even scored a run when the incident happened!
Played For Them Both
Tom Bokenham Reddick was born in Shanghai in 1912 and was taught to play cricket with the help of the family’s Chinese staff. Brought up in England, his skills were polished under the tutelage of former South African Test all-rounder Aubrey Faulkner. Reddick later played twice for Middlesex before joining the Royal Air Force during the war. Settling in Worksop when peace returned, he made 50 first-class appearances for Notts, scoring 2,225 runs at 31.78. After two seasons on the Trent Bridge staff he emigrated to Cape Town, where he died in 1982, aged 70.
A significant number of other players have represented both counties in more recent times, including Mike Harris, Bob White, Harry Latchman, Lance Klusener, David Alleyne, Dirk Nannes, Scott Newman, Stephen Fleming and Adam Voges.
Stats (for all one-day matches between Notts & Middx)
Highest Team Total
Notts: 294-6 (Lord’s 2004)
Middx: 314-5 (Southgate 2005)
Highest Individual Score
Notts: 109 JER Gallian (Lord’s 2004)
Middx: 119 PHF Parfitt (TB 1969)
Notts: 5-33 EE Hemmings (Lord’s 1990)
Middx: 6-33 CB Keegan (TB 2005)
Admission to the ground can be purchased on the day with ticket prices for this match being displayed on the Middlesex County Cricket Club website.
The match is being screened live on Sky Sports 2. On-line ball-by-ball commentary will also be provided by BBC Radio Nottingham. as well as updates, a live scorecard and audio via Trent Bridge Live.