Notts Outlaws have another Saturday evening televised encounter to look forward to, with a testing fixture ahead against Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford.
The home side have made a strong start to their North Group campaign and top the table going into the weekend’s round of matches.
There have been 22 previous T20 North Group matches between Notts Outlaws and Lancashire Lightning.
Notts have 12 wins and the Red Rose have won on 8 occasions, with two other matches falling victim to the weather.
At Old Trafford there have been a scheduled 10 meetings. Lancashire won each of the first six clashes but since then Notts have recorded two wins and two other matches were washed away.
Meetings at Old Trafford:
2004 | Lancs won by 7 wickets
2006 | Lancs won by 7 wickets
2008 | Lancs won by 23 runs
2009 | Lancs won by 11 runs
2010 | Lancs won by 9 wickets
2011 | Lancs won by 9 wickets
2012 | Abandoned
2013 | Notts won by 4 wickets
2015 | Notts won by 3 wickets
2017 | Abandoned
Home and away, Lancs haven’t won any of the last 9 meetings. Seven of the games were won by Notts, while two were rained off.
Notts only visit Old Trafford every two years in this competition, so it was particularly disappointing when rain ruined the meeting in 2017.
It was so wet that the match was called off a couple of hours before the scheduled start of play.
The last time that Notts played a Blast match at Old Trafford was in 2015, when they scraped home from the final ball of the match, winning by 3 wickets.
Skipper James Taylor got Notts over the line, hitting the last two balls of the match for boundaries after 13 had been required from the final over.
Taylor finished with an unbeaten 33 as Notts chased down the Lancs total of 137-4.
Notts Outlaws’ first victory in the new domestic T20 competition came with a win over Lancashire Lightning at Trent Bridge.
The Outlaws had begun their campaign three days earlier, losing their inaugural match against Durham.
Better for the experience, they were too strong for the Red Rose though, who were making their debut, skittling them out for just 120 in 19.2 overs.
Richard Logan claimed figures of 4-0-26-5 for the home side, with Warren Hegg providing the main resistance in scoring 45 for the Lightning.
Notts, captained by current Assistant Head Coach Paul Franks, cantered to their target to win by seven wickets with five balls remaining, largely due to 58 from Kevin Pietersen.
Highest Team Total (in T20 cricket between Notts and Lancs) | Notts: 196-9 (Trent Bridge, 2018), Lancs: 184-4 (Trent Bridge, 2016).
Highest Individual Score | Notts: 84* SR Patel (Trent Bridge, 2007), Lancs: 83* SJ Croft (Trent Bridge, 2009).
Best Bowling | Notts: 5-22 GG White (Trent Bridge, 2013), Lancs: 5-29 MJ McClenaghan (Old Trafford, 2013).
Played For Them Both
Outlaws’ wicketkeeper Tom Moores made his bow in county cricket during a brief loan spell with Lancashire in 2016.
The young gloveman played in all three formats for the Red Rose, making 2 first-class, 4 one-day and 6 T20 appearances for them, scoring a total of 162 runs and completing 16 dismissals.
Others to have played for both Nottinghamshire and Lancashire include Steven Mullaney, Ajmal Shahzad, Gary Keedy, Kyle Hogg, Ashwell Prince, Peter Siddle, Oliver Newby, Jack Bond, Mark Crawley, Steve Elworthy and Jason Gallian.
Did You Know?
In the 2004 meeting at Old Trafford Lancashire’s Dominic Cork recorded a hat-trick against Notts Outlaws.
The match had been reduced to just eight overs per side after earlier rain and Cork removed Kevin Pietersen, Mark Ealham and Samit Patel in consecutive deliveries to help set up the Lightning’s seven-wicket win.
Shaun Tait of Essex, in the 2013 quarter finals, is the only other bowler to record a hat-trick against Notts in the domestic T20 competition.
There are three further 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 Friday 16 August.