Notts welcome Derbyshire Falcons to Trent Bridge on Friday in the latest instalment of a rivalry that dates back to the very foundations of the game.

In T20 cricket, the pair have shared some unforgettable clashes, with the green and golds victorious in 20 of their 27 meetings.

But their astonishing win at Trent Bridge in 2017 was far from straightforward.

Derbyshire, winning the toss, would have been joyous as they reduced the home side to 19-2, claiming the early wickets of Alex Hales and Samit Patel as Riki Wessels looked on from the non-striker's end. 

But by the end of their innings, the home side had set their highest ever total in T20 history, reaching a mammoth 227-3 aided by Wessels' quickfire century.

Superb knocks from Brendan Taylor (67) and current captain Dan Christian (32) ensured the crowd enjoyed catching practice for most of the evening. 

Wessels, Taylor and Christian struck 209 runs between them from 114 balls - including 33 boundaries (22 fours, 11 sixes).

Few would have blamed Notts for going into the dressing room thinking their job was almost done at the halfway point, but the Falcons had ideas of their own. 

Wayne Madsen’s 86 off 44 balls kept the Trent Bridge faithful from getting too carried away, as the boundary continued to be peppered.

The visitors needed 20 from the final over, but the mood under the lights somewhat dropped when Alex Hughes smashed Jake Ball over deep cover for six runs.

Ball was quick to enact revenge, Hughes nicking his next ball straight into the grateful gloves of Tom Moores to all but put the game to bed.

And despite Matt Henry hitting his first delivery for a maximum, the hosts would squeeze home by five runs.

Notts would go on to lift their maiden T20 title a little over a month later, but the North Group clash on their own patch would stand out as one of the most nerve-wracking games of the campaign.


There are three more opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer, with the next home game under the lights against Derbyshire Falcons on this coming Friday.

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