Nottinghamshire will be looking to continue their surge up the Division One table when they host Durham in the LV= County Championship from Wednesday 9 September, the game starting at 10:30am.
Consecutive victories over Sussex, Worcestershire and Warwickshire have seen the side move swiftly into third spot. Notts have played 13 matches and sit on 173 points, 25 behind Middlesex, who play leaders Yorkshire this week.
Behind Notts are Warwickshire (172) and Durham (161), both having played 14 matches. This week’s opponents have drawn one and lost five of their last six Championship matches.
The match should be of huge interest to Nottinghamshire supporters and for cricket lovers in general because Chris Read stands on the brink of an historic milestone as he aims to become the first wicketkeeper since 1997 to reach 1,000 first class dismissals.
Head To Head
Nottinghamshire have faced Durham on 31 occasions in first class cricket, although the 2008 clash in the north east was washed away without a ball being bowled.
Of the other fixtures Notts have won nine and lost 12 of the matches, with another 9 being drawn.
There have been 15 previous meetings at Trent Bridge. Nottinghamshire have won four of them (1994, 2004, 2010 and 2011), Durham have also won four (1998, 2009, 2012 and 2013) and there have been seven draws (1992, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2014).
Rain decimated last season’s match and a final day wash-out ensured a draw with Durham’s first innings still having not been completed.
Notts made 377 all out, with Samit Patel making 99, James Taylor scored 88 and Chris Read finished with an unbeaten 59 to his name.
Both Patel and Taylor were caught at third man by Gareth Breese, from the bowling of Ben Stokes, who finished with three for 70. There were also three-wicket hauls for Usman Arshad and debutant Gavin Main.
Durham began batting on the second morning and they made determined progress, despite continual stoppages, over the next two days as they replied with 335 for four.
The match was memorable for Gordon Muchall, who made an undefeated 158, supported mainly by Stokes, who scored 61.
In 1992 Durham entered the County Championship and played their first match at Trent Bridge in July of that year.
The match ended in a draw after Notts began with 431 for six, with Tim Robinson scoring an undefeated 164 and Chris Lewis adding 107. Ian Botham took 3-104 for the visitors, who were bowled out for just 147 but in a rain-affected contest they fared much better after being asked to follow-on and were 265 for three at stumps, with captain Dean Jones unbeaten on 154, having scored his county’s first hundred at Trent Bridge.
Teams for that first meeting:
Notts: Crawley, Pollard, Robinson, Johnson, Randall, Lewis, Cairns, Evans, French, Field-Buss, Pennett
Durham: Larkins, Parker, Jones, Briers, Botham, Henderson, Glendenen, Scott, Hughes, McEwan, Brown
In the 2012 Trent Bridge fixture between the two sides, Durham were permitted to make an official change to their starting eleven after Graham Onions had been omitted from an England Test at Lord’s.
Onions arrived at Trent Bridge at lunch on the second day just as Notts were about to begin their first innings. Replacing the unlucky Mitch Claydon, Onions proceeded to dismantle the home side with figures of 9-67 and only had himself to blame for not getting all ten wickets as it was his direct throw that ran out the other batsman, Luke Fletcher.
Highest Team Total
Durham: 648-5 dec (Riverside 2009)
Notts: 629 (Ropery Lane, Chester-le-Street 1993)
Highest Individual Score:
Durham: 219 MJ Di Venuto (Riverside 2009)
Notts: 247 CC Lewis (Ropery Lane, Chetser-le-Street 1993)
Durham: 9-67 G Onions (TB 2012)
Notts: 6-46 CE Shreck (Riverside 2004)
Played For Them Both
New Zealand international Nathan Astle spent part of the 1997 season with Nottinghamshire. The all-rounder made ten first-class appearances, scoring 644 runs, at an average of 40.25. He made two centuries, both of which were exactly 100, plus three 50s.
Astle came close to marking his debut innings at Trent Bridge with a century against the touring Australians but was dismissed by Glenn McGrath for 99.
He also grabbed a more-than-useful 22 wickets for Notts at 23.86, with his right-arm medium-paced bowling. Astle also played nine List A matches, producing 275 runs and 13 more wickets.
In 2005 he joined Durham and played in five first class, four one-day and seven T20 matches, making a top score of 65.
Other cricketers to represent both Nottinghamshire and Durham include Chris Scott, John Morris, Mark Saxelby, Mark Davies, Will Smith and Will Gidman.
Did You Know?
The last wicketkeeper to reach 1,000 first class dismissals is former England international Jack Russell. On September 19 1997 Russell was playing for Gloucestershire, against Lancashire at Bristol, when he caught Mike Atherton, from the bowling of Jon Lewis.
The dismissal was Russell’s 892nd catch, to go with 108 stumpings. The landmark came up in his 367th first class match.
Chris Read, on Gloucestershire’s books at the time, was watching on. He has taken 948 catches and 50 stumpings from his 318 matches to date.
Chris Read (998) is only two 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.
Jake Ball (48) needs two more wickets to reach 50 in first class cricket.
Steven Mullaney (48) needs two more wickets to reach 50 in first class cricket.
Harry Gurney (147) needs three more wickets to reach 150 first class wickets for Nottinghamshire.
Brendan Taylor (920) needs a further 80 runs to reach 1,000 in first class cricket this season and Riki Wessels (873) is also within range.
Riki Wessels (8,407) needs 93 runs to reach 8,500 in first class cricket.
Riki Wessels (1966) needs 34 runs to reach 2,000 first class runs at Trent Bridge
Samit Patel (49) and Harry Gurney (48) needs one / two more wicket to reach 50 for Notts this season in all first team matches (already passed by Jake Ball, 55)
Samit Patel (97) needs three more to claim 100 first class catches for Notts.
Nottinghamshire (3) will be looking for their fourth straight win, not achieved since 2010.
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