Notts Outlaws will be looking to sew up top spot in Group B of the Royal London One-Day Cup when they return to Trent Bridge to face Kent Spitfires on Monday.
The home side are currently unbeaten after picking up eleven points from their first six matches, with only the rained off match against Glamorgan at Welbeck spoiling a perfect record. A win over the Spitfires will ensure that James Taylor’s side finish in first place in the group.
Kent go into the contest in fourth place but are one of four sides locked together on five points, so victory may be crucial to their chances of reaching the knockout stages.
Whatever the outcome, the Outlaws have one further qualifying match to play after this one, with Hampshire due in Nottingham on Wednesday.
Head To Head
In domestic one-day competition Notts have met Kent on 48 previous occasions and the head-to-head record is level, with both county sides having won on 21 occasions.
Six contests have been washed out and in 1969 the two counties produced a tie.
At Trent Bridge the sides have met on 26 previous occasions, with the home side leading by 14 wins to eight, with a couple of matches ending in a no result after they were unable to play to a conclusion. One match was abandoned without a ball being bowled, in addition to the one match that was tied.
Notts Outlaws and Kent Spitfires were both able to maintain their unbeaten starts to the Royal London One Day Cup after heavy rain prevented a finish in their clash at Trent Bridge last season.
After earlier interruptions had reduced the contest to 38 overs per side, Notts made 228 for seven after winning the toss, with Steven Mullaney making 62 from just 60 deliveries.
Kent, set to score 232 under the Duckworth-Lewis method, had reached 48 for two when the wet weather returned, with only eight overs having been bowled by the home side.
The 1969 Player’s County League match at Trent Bridge officially resulted in a tie. Rain reduced the Kent innings to just 27 overs, with a score of 134 for nine being posted. Notts revised target was 112 in 20 overs but they ended on 111 for seven, with England’s Derek Underwood taking four for 16 for the visitors.
The 1993 match at Trent Bridge featured a number of individual and team records but was also memorable for the introduction of coloured clothing to our domestic one-day game.
Notts wore their green strip for the first time as they pulled off a stunning run chase, overhauling Kent’s 264 for nine in sensational fashion, reaching their target in just 35.2 overs.
The 1993 match also saw two outstanding second wicket stands. For Notts, Paul Johnson and Tim Robinson put on an unbroken 213, until recently a county record stand for any wicket. Coincidentally, in that same match, Kent’s Trevor Ward and Carl Hooper put on 218, also for the second wicket.
Stats (for all one-day matches between Notts & Kent)
Highest Team Total:
Notts: 296-6 (Trent Bridge, 1989)
Kent: 317-8 (Trent Bridge, 2002)
Highest Individual Score:
Notts: 167* P Johnson (Trent Bridge, 1993)
Kent: 131 TR Ward (Trent Bridge, 1993)
Notts: 6-52 CL Cairns (Trent Bridge, 1993)
Kent: 5-24 KBS Jarvis (Trent Bridge, 1985)
Played For Them Both
Vernon Philander, who represented Notts earlier in the season, is the latest name on the list of players that have represented both county sides.
During his brief stint at Trent Bridge the South African played in five championship matches and one T20 Blast fixture.
Philander also spent a short period with the Canterbury-based side, making two first class and seven T20 appearances in 2013.
Others to have represented both Nottinghamshire and Kent include Greg Blewett, Mark Davies, Mark Ealham, Rob Ferley, Dave Halfyard, Ben Phillips, Charlie Shreck and Paul Strang.
Jimmy Adams is the current Head Coach of Kent. The former West Indian Test star played for Nottinghamshire during the 1994 season.
Did You Know?
Nottinghamshire defeated Kent to win the Tetley Bitter Festival Trophy in 1995. Skippered by Paul Johnson, Notts made 197, with Chris Cairns hitting a lusty 62 not out.
The reply soon ran into difficulties and only lasted 33.2 of the scheduled 40 overs, with Notts completing the victory by 60 runs.
Samit Patel (149) needs one more appearance to become only the 21st player to reach 150 outings for Notts in one-day cricket.
Samit Patel (142) needs eight more wickets to become only the third all-rounder (after Richard Hadlee and Clive Rice) to score more than 2,500 runs and reach 150 wickets for Notts in one-day cricket.
Chris Read (298) needs only two more catches to reach 300 in List A cricket.
Steven Mullaney (976) needs 24 runs to reach 1,000 in one-day cricket.
Jake Ball (47) needs three wickets to reach 50 in one-day cricket.
Luke Fletcher (45) needs five wickets to reach 50 in one-day cricket.
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