Nottinghamshire return to red ball action on Sunday when they face Sussex in the first division of the LV= County Championship.

The match will be played at Cricket Field Road in Horsham and should be keenly fought, with both teams desperate to pull away from the lower standings in the table.

Notts will go into the match in sixth spot, on 103 points, one point and one place ahead of this week’s opponents. Worcestershire are tied with Sussex on 102 points, in eighth spot, with Hampshire now cut adrift, on a lowly 76 points.

When the sides met at Trent Bridge in June, the hosts won by 159 runs in a match that will be remembered for Luke Wood scoring his maiden first class century.

Head To Head

Nottinghamshire have played seven first class matches at Horsham in the past and have failed to secure a win in any of them. Sussex emerged victorious on four occasions, getting the better of their guests in 1923, 1931, 1951 and 2003.

The three other matches, in 1934, 1950 and 2009, were drawn.

In all first class cricket, the two counties have met 219 times, with the overall advantage belonging to Nottinghamshire, with 83 wins to Sussex’s 51. There have been a total of 85 draws.

Notts played at Horsham as recently as last season, when they comfortably won a match in the Royal London One Day Cup, with Alex Hales scoring a century.

That victory added to successes achieved in the John Player League in 1985 and the National League in 2003.

History

Although there have been only seven previous encounters at Horsham, both sides can reflect on some outstanding individual achievements on the ground.

In the first meeting, in 1923, Maurice Tate returned match figures of 13 for 68 to help Sussex to a seven-wicket victory, accomplished inside just two days. He took six for 22 and seven for 46 as Notts were bundled out for scores of 94 and 121.

It wasn’t quite a one man show as the other seven wickets were all taken by Arthur Gilligan.

Notts actually held a first innings advantage after Fred Barratt and Sam Staples had each taken five wickets to bowl the hosts out for just 79.

When Notts returned to the ground eight years later Arthur Staples matched his brother’s achievements by taking a five-wicket haul but it was in a losing cause as Sussex ran out winners by 308 runs.

Jim Parks senior made 105 in the hosts’ first innings and was backed by scores of 97 and 109 from team-mate KS Duleepsinhji.

In the 1934 draw Parks scored another ton, despite Harold Larwood picking up five for 66. When Notts replied CB Harris (107) and Walter Keeton (99) put on 187 for the first wicket.

After a dull draw in 1950, Sussex again got the better of their northern visitors a year later, with Wood and James each collecting five wicket returns in their win.

52 years elapsed before the next fixture at Horsham, a match that was particularly enjoyed by Mushtaq Ahmed. The Pakistan leg-spinner took six for 163 and six for 81 as his side came out on top by ten wickets.

Centuries from Montgomerie, Prior and Innes had lifted Sussex to an impregnable 619 for seven declared, their highest score against Notts, who offered resistance from Kevin Pietersen, who made 166.

Ed Joyce scored 183 and Adam Voges hit back with 139 in the most recent meeting, six years ago.

Played For Them Both

Born in Leamington Spa in 1949, Eddie Hemmings had already played in 177 first class matches for Warwickshire before joining Notts in 1979. Having begun his career as a right-arm medium pacer, the decision to switch to bowling off-spin reaped handsome dividends.

As well as helping his new side to County Championship success in both 1981 and 1987, Hemmings also became a Test match cricketer at the age of 33 – representing his country in 16 matches at that level, as well as in 33 ODIs. For Nottinghamshire, the spinner became a prolific wicket-taker and consistent match-winner, eventually capturing 850 first class wickets for the county, at an average of 27.86, with a best of 7-23. He also scored 4,366 runs at 17.74. He took a further 263 List A wickets in 268 matches.

Hemmings wound down his career with three seasons at Sussex. Between 1993 and 1995 he played 36 first class and 14 one-day matches, taking a total of 120 wickets.

Amongst the others to have played for both Nottinghamshire and Sussex are Franklyn Stephenson and Giles Haywood. James Taylor played one match for Sussex in 2013, guesting in their first class match against the touring Australians and Ajmal Shahzad moved from Trent Bridge to Hove last winter but is currently sidelined though injury.

Stats (Notts v Sussex in all first class cricket)

Highest Team Total

Notts – 726 (Trent Bridge, 1895)

Sussex – 619-7dec (Horsham, 2003)

Highest Individual Score

Notts –268* JA Dixon (Trent Bridge, 1897)

Sussex – 233 CB Fry (Trent Bridge, 1905)

Best Bowling

Notts – 9-54 RJ Mee (Trent Bridge, 1893)

Sussex – 9-48 Mushtaq Ahmed (Trent Bridge, 2006)

Hat-tricks

Notts – HF Gurney (Hove, 2013)

Sussex - nil

Did You Know?

The most recent hat-trick taken by a Nottinghamshire bowler came when the sides met at Hove two years ago. Harry Gurney, Nottinghamshire’s left arm quick bowler, ended the Sussex first innings by removing Ben Brown, James Anyon and Monty Panesar (all to slip catches) with consecutive deliveries.

Tickets

For details on admission prices and all other matchday information please refer to the official Sussex County Cricket Club website www.sussexcricket.co.uk

For specific information relating to the Horsham ground please refer to the host club’s official website www.horshamsportsclub.com

Coverage

BBC Radio Nottingham will be providing ball-by-ball on-line commentary on all four days of this match. Access via the links on the BBC Sport website or app.

For live scorecard, regular match updates, photography, daily highlights and BBC live commentary - to your computer, mobile or tablet - Trent Bridge Live is the ideal match-day companion.

 

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