Notts Outlaws face Leicestershire Foxes in the NatWest T20 Blast competition at Trent Bridge tomorrow looking to extend their winning sequence after their 15-run success over the Durham Jets.
West Indian international Darren Sammy made his Outlaws debut in that fixture and this will be the last scheduled opportunity to see him play at Trent Bridge on his current engagement with the county.
He’ll be available for two forthcoming away fixtures and is also in line to return later in the summer if Notts advance to the knock out phase.
Stuart Broad is also in line to play, having been granted permission by the ECB. The England international will be playing his first T20 match for the Outlaws since Finals Day in 2010.
The Outlaws have won two of their opening fixtures in the North Group whilst the Leicestershire Foxes have played four Blast matches so far, winning two and losing two. They will arrive in Nottingham with their spirits lifted by this week’s win over Essex in the LV= County Championship, their first success in that competition since 2012.
Head To Head
Notts Outlaws and Leicestershire Foxes have been regular opponents since the domestic T20 competition began in 2003.
They have met on 23 previous occasions, although the fixture has also suffered some bad luck with regards to the weather.
Leicestershire have been victorious on ten occasions, whilst the Outlaws have won nine times. Four matches have fallen victim to poor conditions.
At Trent Bridge the head-to-head record lies in favour of the home side, with Notts leading by six wins to four, with the 2007 fixture being completely washed out and the 2011 clash being classified as a No Result after starting but being unable to finish due to the rain.
One of the Foxes victories at Trent Bridge, the 2006 Final, is technically classified as being ‘played on neutral ground’ as Notts hosted the Finals Day that year.
Notts Outlaws overcame a stuttering display with the bat to put themselves on the brink of the quarter finals with a 31-run victory over Leicestershire Foxes when the sides met at Trent Bridge last July.
After posting only 121 for nine, after electing to bat first, the home side bounced back ruthlessly to bowl Leicestershire out for just 90 in 18.3 overs.
The hosts struggled to find any momentum in their innings and were indebted to a score of 44 from Samit Patel to set any sort of total but it proved to be more than competitive as the Foxes’ reply got off to a dreadful start.
Requiring just over a run a ball, the visitors lost five wickets in the opening powerplay before eventually succumbing to their lowest-ever total in the competition.
The manner of the defeat was particularly hard on the Leicestershire attack, with both Josh Cobb and Atif Sheikh returning outstanding figures.
Cobb, the Foxes skipper, finished with three for 18 after Sheikh had denied the Outlaws their usual fast start, bowling his four overs straight off, to claim two for 11.
23-year old Sheikh, born in Nottingham and a former player with the Trent Bridge junior sides, returned to the city to knock back the stumps of both Michael Lumb and Alex Hales with his brisk left-arm.
The Outlaws’ response with the ball was clinical. Fletcher bowled a double-wicket maiden, accounting for both Cobb and Greg Smith, who had scored a century when the sides met at Grace Road a month earlier.
A stunning boundary catch by James Franklin that accounted for Niall O’Brien was followed up by more individual brilliance as Steven Mullaney ran out Ned Eckersley with a direct hit.
When Ajmal Shahzad removed the dangerous Scott Styris, the board read 24 for five and although Tom Wells and Matt Boyce added 21 together, they fell, along with Naik, in a disastrous seven ball spell.
Sheikh was last out, heaving across the line to Fletcher, who impressed with three for 11.
The victory took Notts back to second position in the North Group, on their way to a fifth straight quarter-final. The defeat left Leicestershire in eighth, with only pride to play for ahead of their final fixture.
Charles Dagnall, one of the current Test Match Special commentators, received the man of the match award after the 2004 clash against the Outlaws at Grace Road. The seamer returned figures of four for 22 in Leicestershire’s 40-run success. Amongst his victims was Kevin Pietersen, trapped LBW first ball for nought.
Twenty20 Finals Day at Trent Bridge in 2006 didn’t go how the home supporters hoped. Nottinghamshire Outlaws’ first participation at Finals Day saw them outclass Surrey in the semi-final to set up a showdown with Leicestershire Foxes in the final. Batting first, the Foxes made 177-2 but the Outlaws came agonisingly close to their target before falling four runs short. There was a feeling that they were perhaps a little hard done by, with the final ball of the contest appearing to be above waist height before it was whacked over the ropes for six by Will Smith. Despite being under pressure from the crowd to award a no-ball, the umpires called time, both on the contest and also on Notts’ hopes.
On four separate occasions the Outlaws have been on the receiving end as an opposition batsman has registered a T20 century against them.
Incredibly, the feat has been achieved three times by Leicestershire batsmen. Jim Allenby scored 110 at Grace Road in 2009; Brad Hodge scored 103 there, a year later, and last season Greg Smith, now with Notts, posted 102 on the same ground. (Wes Durston of Derbyshire is the only other opposition batsman to score a century against Notts).
Played For Them Both
Given the close proximity of the two counties it’s no surprise that a significant number of players have represented both, particularly amongst the current generation.
Outlaws players Stuart Broad, James Taylor, Harry Gurney and Greg Smith all began their professional careers at Grace Road, whilst the Foxes’ roster for the this season includes Charlie Shreck and Kevin O’Brien, both having previously spent time at Trent Bridge.
Others to have represented both county sides include: Vasbert Drakes, AJ Harris, Will Jefferson, Nadeem Malik, David Millns, Richard Stemp and Peter Such.
(for Notts v Leics in T20)
Highest Team Total
Notts 220-4 (Grace Road 2014)
Leics 205-2 (Grace Road 2009)
Lowest Team Total
Notts 107-9 (Trent Bridge 2010)
Leics 90 ([18.3ovs]Trent Bridge 2014)
Highest Individual Innings
Notts 73 DJ Hussey (Trent Bridge 2011)
Leics 110 J Allenby (Grace Road 2009)
Most Runs off One Over
30 by Mark Ealham (Notts) off David Masters (264666 - Trent Bridge 2006)
Notts 4-19 SJ Mullaney (Grace Road 2012)
Leics 5-13 AB McDonald (Trent Bridge 2012) best by anyone v Notts
Did You Know?
Leicestershire Foxes have an outstanding record in the domestic T20 competition, winning the event on three occasions, the only side to do so.
They have been victorious in 2004, 2006 and 2011 and also reached Finals Day in both 2003 and 2005.
Alex Hales (3444) needs 56 runs for 3500 in T20 cricket.
Steven Mullaney (49) needs one more wicket to become only the third bowler to take 50 T20 wickets for the Outlaws (Patel 101, Pattinson 64).
Luke Fletcher (45) needs five wickets to reach 50 T20 wickets for the Outlaws
Brendan Taylor (99) needs one more appearance for 100 in T20 cricket
Brendan Taylor (2440) needs 60 runs for 2500 in T20 cricket.
BBC Radio Nottingham will be providing ball-by-ball commentary on this fixture, both on the radio and on-line, via the BBC Sport website and app.
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