Notts may have an impressive overall win record against Derbyshire in T20 cricket, but clashes against their near-neighbours are rarely comfortable affairs.

Four games between the sides in recent years have been settled by fewer than ten runs in the Outlaws' favour, with the 2015 encounter at Trent Bridge being one of the tightest games in the ground's 180-year history.

Notts won the toss and batted, but may have had cause for concern when Michael Lumb (3) was dismissed by Shiv Thakor with the score on 14.

Quickfire half centuries from Alex Hales (54) and Samit Patel (52) looked to have put the Outlaws in the driving seat to the satisfaction of the majority of the near-14,000-strong crowd.

But the departure of Hales signalled the start of a Falcons resurgence, the Derbyshire attack restricting Notts to 172.

In reply, Wes Durston got the Falcons off to a flyer, sending Jake Ball to the boundary four times.

But Ball's persistence would be rewarded, with Harry Gurney well-placed at third man to send him packing.

It was the first of three wickets for the Welbeck Wizard on the night, who would finish with man-of-the-match figures of 3 for 36.

Half-century stands from Hamish Rutherford (62) and Wayne Madsen (51) took the contest down to the final over with Derbyshire requiring 11 from the final six balls. 

And with five needed from the last delivery, Harry Gurney’s yorker only allowed Madsen to run two.

The green and golds would go on to narrowly miss out on the knockout stage in 2015 in one of the tightest group phases in the competition’s history.

But the Notts faithful were certainly not denied their share of see-saw contests that year.


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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