After making a winning start in their opening match in this season’s Royal London One-Day Cup competition, Notts Outlaws are back in action today against Derbyshire Falcons in Derby, with an 11am start.
Notts were involved in one of the most exciting matches of all time as they got the better of Lancashire by just 11 runs on Friday, with the match producing over 800 runs with 34 sixes being struck.
Derbyshire also opened their campaign with a home victory, overcoming Northamptonshire Steelbacks by 53 runs in Derby.
Captain Billy Godleman made 87 as the Falcons posted 268 for six. Their opponents were restricted to 215 all out with Alex Hughes taking four for 44 with the ball.
Head To Head
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have faced each other on 61 occasions in all forms of one-day cricket (ranging from 40 to 60 overs per side).
Notts have a healthy overall advantage, having won 39 of the matches, to Derbyshire’s 20. Two other fixtures were abandoned.
Recent results have been kind to the Outlaws, who have triumphed in all of the last seven meetings. Derbyshire’s last win was in 2004 and their last home success was in 2001.
There have been 29 meetings in Derbyshire, mainly at the County Ground but fixtures have also been held at Chesterfield (4), Ilkeston (3) and Heanor.
Notts have triumphed 16 times away, with Derbyshire winning 12 of their home matches. One contest at Derby, back in 1981, was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The last time the two local rivals faced each other in one-day action in Derby was during the 2017 campaign when Notts overcame a stiff challenge to record a win by 4 wickets under the Duckworth Lewis method.
Ben Slater, who has since moved to Trent Bridge, helped add 148 in 27.2 overs for the first Derbyshire wicket. Slater was then run out for 72, leaving his skipper Billy Godleman to go on and reach 90.
Wayne Madsen chipped in with an unbeaten 66 as the Falcons posted a total of 303 for 4 from their 50 overs.
A short burst of rain reduced the Outlaws target to 286 in 47 overs and they crossed the finish line with only four deliveries to spare.
Alex Hales scored 77 and was well supported by Riki Wessels (67) and Samit Patel (59) to snatch the points.
1987 | Nottinghamshire completed the significant business of the day by defeating Derbyshire in the quarter-final of the NatWest Trophy at Derby. Notts scored 268 for eight, losing their way in the last over of their innings, with Martin Jean-Jacques taking a hat-trick of wickets: Richard Hadlee, John Birch and Bruce French. The home side could only make 211 all out in reply. It was the third time in the same season (previously against Leicestershire and Glamorgan) that French had been involved in an opposition hat-trick.
1991 | A nine-wicket win over Derbyshire, at Trent Bridge, secured Notts their first one-day Sunday league title. Needing to beat their local rivals to make sure of finishing ahead of Lancashire, they restricted their opponents to 176 for nine from their allotted 40 overs. Despite losing Derek Randall for 67 with the score on 134, an unbeaten 73 from Chris Broad and 25 not out from captain Tim Robinson saw Nottinghamshire to their 13th win out of 16 matches and a deserved evening of celebrations.
1993 | Nottinghamshire posted their highest ever List A score (up to that point), in making 329 for six, in an AXA Equity and Law League match against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge. Batting first, the home side were indebted to scores of 91 from Paul Pollard, an unbeaten 78 from Tim Robinson and 75 from Paul Johnson to help them to their record total. Derbyshire were then dismissed for just 187, leaving Notts winners by 142 runs.
1999 | Vasbert Drakes’ most startling performance for Nottinghamshire came in a match that had been virtually conceded. Playing against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge, in the 45-overs-a-side CGU National League, the home side mustered 269 for seven. Nevertheless, it didn’t look like being enough as the visitors began the final over on 260 for five, requiring just ten runs to win. To everyone’s sheer astonishment, the West Indian fast bowler then produced a once-in-a-lifetime finish. He yorked Phil DeFreitas with the first ball, removed Adrian Rollins’ middle stump with the next and then trapped James Pyemont lbw to get his hat-trick. Then, for good measure, a full-length delivery took out the leg stump of Simon Lacey. Four wickets in four balls – the only time it has happened for a Nottinghamshire bowler in the shortened format of the game. A dot ball and a single ended the over, enabling Notts to defeat their closest rivals in the most dramatic fashion imaginable.
2014 | In the 2014 season James Taylor and Samit Patel led the Outlaws through to the semi-finals of the Royal London One Day Cup with an 85-run victory at Trent Bridge. Taylor, the Outlaws’ captain scored an unbeaten 146, as Notts scored 313 for five, before bowling out the Falcons for 228 in 44.5 overs. Playing the 100th one-day match of his career, Taylor scored his runs from 154 balls, with 8 fours and 5 sixes, to reach his 11th and highest, one day hundred. He had fine support from Patel, who scored 55 in a third wicket partnership of 136 and then returned figures of four for 49 with the ball.
Played For Them Both
Sunday’s match will give Ben Slater an opportunity to face his former teammates for the first time since he made the switch to Trent Bridge.
The Chesterfield-born opener made his first class and one-day debuts for his home county in 2013 but had to wait for his first T20 outing for the Falcons until 2017.
Slater scored three centuries in 59 first class appearances for Derbyshire and another four in his 26 one-day outings.
He played in this fixture on three occasions for his former county, scoring 72 against Notts when they last visited Derby in 2017.
Luke Fletcher made four first class appearances for Derbyshire during a brief loan spell in 2016 and picked up four wickets in the process.
Fellow Outlaw Mark Footitt spent over eight years at Derby after leaving Trent Bridge for the first time. The left-arm quick took 252 first class wickets for them, plus another 46 in the one-day format.
Amongst other players to have appeared for both counties are: Hashim Amla, Brian Bolus, Andy Carter, Wayne Dessaur, Matt Dowman, Mark Fell, Mike Hendrick, Richard Hodgkinson, John Morris, Akhil Patel, Harold Rhodes, Mark Saxelby and Pat Vaulkhard.
Stats (in all one-day matches between Notts & Derbyshire)
Highest Team Total | Notts: 329-6 (Trent Bridge, 1993), Derbyshire: 275 (Welbeck, 2016).
Highest Individual Score | Notts: 146* JWA Taylor (Trent Bridge, 2014), Derbyshire: 121 CJ Adams (Trent Bridge 1997).
Best Bowling | Notts: 5-43 GS Sobers (Chesterfield, 1969), Derbyshire: 6-7 M Hendrick (Trent Bridge, 1972).
Hat Tricks | Notts: VC Drakes (Trent Bridge, 1999), Derbyshire: M Jean-Jaques (Derby, 1987)
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