Notts Outlaws will take on Derbyshire Falcons in a fierce local derby this Thursday (2 August, 6.30pm) at Trent Bridge and here, we take a look back on the T20 rivalry.
Despite recent results, Derbyshire were victorious in the first four meetings between the sides between 2003 and 2005, with the Falcons claiming two nine wicket victories in that time. Opener Jonathon Moss notched the first half century in the fixture back in 2004 during the first T20 meeting of the local rivals at Trent Bridge.
Graeme Swann and Chris Read celebrate the wicket of Travis Birt in 2006.
However, Notts picked up their first victory in 2006 in emphatic fashion thanks to some inspired spin bowling from Samit Patel and Graeme Swann, who finished with figures of 3-11 and 3-16 respectively. That paved the way for a seven-wicket win at the County Ground over a Falcons side that included current Notts members of staff Ant Botha and James Pipe.
The Outlaws also picked up the win in the return fixture at Trent Bridge with Patel starring again. The all-rounder’s fifty in a partnership of 111 with Stephen Fleming, who top scored with a knock of 64, steered Notts to a nine-wicket triumph and their first double over their neighbours.
Samit Patel certainly enjoys playing against Derbyshire.
Another double for the Outlaws followed in 2007, with another Patel half century, this time an unbeaten 55*, handing Notts a six-wicket win after they chased down a target of 149 at Derby. Ant Botha’s four wicket haul couldn’t prevent Notts from amassing a total of 203 at Trent Bridge. A knock of 61 from Graeme Swann before career best T20 bowling figures of 3-26 from Mark Ealham secured a 53-run victory.
Graham Wagg and Charl Langeveldt celebrate Derbyshire's win in 2008.
During this time Notts entered a period of dominance over their rivals, taking 11 wins from 12 between 2006 and 2011. Graeme Swann’s highest individual T20 total came in the 2009 encounter at the County Ground with an unbeaten 90 from just 47 balls that took the Outlaws to a five-wicket victory with 29 balls to spare.
Graeme Swann during his unbeaten 90* in 2009.
Derbyshire’s Wes Durston plundered the highest individual total by a Derbyshire batsman in T20 of 111 in the 2010 fixture at Trent Bridge. But it ended in vain as Notts chased down 193 to win with three overs to spare thanks to 69 from opener Alex Hales and an unbeaten 62* from Samit Patel.
Wes Durston's knock of 111 was in vain back in 2010.
Both fixtures were rained off in 2012 before Derbyshire claimed their first win in five years in 2013 during a rain affected tie at Trent Bridge. Restricted to nine overs a side, the Falcons reached 108 with fifty from Wes Durston. Despite 43 from 15 balls from Michael Lumb, Notts fell 16 runs short of their target.
Riki Wessels in action against the Falcons in 2014.
Another Outlaws double came in 2014, with Riki Wessels almost becoming the first centurion for the Green and Golds with an unbeaten 95* in a 27-run win over the Falcons at Trent Bridge following a five-wicket victory at Derby.
Riki Wessels became Notts first centurion in 2017's encounter with Derbyshire.
However, three years later, Wessels became the first Outlaw to reach a T20 hundred with his 110 in a memorable game at Trent Bridge. He also notched the highest score by a Notts batsman in the home sides total of 227 and Derbyshire almost chased it down, reaching 222 in their 20 overs following an unbeaten 86 from Wayne Madsen.
After the Outlaws victory at Derby earlier this season, Derbyshire will be out for revenge in their neighbour’s backyard, but Notts will also be looking to complete another double over their rivals.
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