Red-ball action returns for Nottinghamshire’s cricketers this weekend when they face Yorkshire in the Specsavers County Championship.

The match will be played at North Marine Road, Scarborough, over four days from Sunday 18 August (11am start each day).

With four rounds of matches remaining Notts sit on the bottom rung of the Division One ladder, 38 points adrift of Warwickshire.

Yorkshire lie third, 38 points behind leaders Essex, who hold a narrow a four-point gap over Somerset.

The sides met at Trent Bridge at the start of the season, with Notts having the better of the first three days, setting their guests a mammoth last day target of 447.

Centuries from Joe Root and Gary Ballance ultimately held Notts at bay and the contest ended as a draw.

Joe Clarke, on his championship debut for Notts, had a match to remember, scoring 112 and 97 not out.

Head to Head

In first-class cricket there have been 264 meetings between the two counties, with Yorkshire leading the way with 93 victories to Notts’ 48. There have been a further 118 draws and another five matches were abandoned.

Many of those matches were played before the introduction of the county championship, with statistics from that competition again favouring Yorkshire.

In 210 county championship matches they have completed 76 wins to Nottinghamshire’s 26, with 103 draws and 5 rained off.

Exactly 105 of those matches have been played as Yorkshire home fixtures, with a huge number of different grounds staging them.

Apart from this week’s venue, Notts have visited such outposts as Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Hull, Harrogate, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and Bradford, as well as the county headquarters in Leeds.

Solely in Scarborough, the record shows Yorkshire to have won six and drawn six of the 13 meetings, with Nottinghamshire’s only success occurring in 1990.


1900 - Match drawn

William Goodacre scored a century for Notts in only 130 minutes on the first day but with the second day lost to the weather there was only a sparkling 155 from George Hirst to enjoy for the home fans before the contest drifted towards a draw.

1955 - Yorkshire won by nine wickets

Fred Trueman took 10 wickets in the match, including a hat-trick as Notts were put to the sword. The pace bowler blew the visitors away for just 105 with second innings’ figures of seven for 23.

1960 - Yorkshire won by an innings and 57 runs

184 from Brian Close and 95 from Doug Padgett powered Yorkshire to 408 for four declared. Trueman took six for 39 as Notts fell for 238 and then added a couple more as they slipped to 113 all out when following on.

1964 - Yorkshire won by eight wickets

The hosts picked up their third consecutive win over Notts at North Marine Road in a low scoring contest. The decisive performance was put in by Raymond Illingworth, with the finger spinner claiming seven for 89 as the visitors fell for 160 in their second dig.

1978 - Yorkshire won by eight wickets

Mike Harris scored 98, which was cancelled out by 125 from Geoff Boycott and 99 from Jimmy Love as Yorkshire built a first innings lead of 31. Richard Lumb, father of former Nottinghamshire batsman Michael, was at the crease with an unbeaten 57 as the home county reached their target of 147.

1985  - Match drawn

Tim Robinson’s 118 and Geoff Boycott’s unbeaten 125 were the only memorable moments in an otherwise forgettable draw.

1990 - Notts won by five wickets

Nottinghamshire’s first win in Scarborough was also one of their best run chases. Yorkshire made 351 for three declared after rain had wiped out the entire first day. Martyn Moxon, the current Director of Cricket at YCCC, made 123. Two forfeitures then left Notts with a last day pursuit - and Chris Broad and Paul Johnson seized the opportunity to complete the county’s sixth-highest successful chase. Broad, father of Stuart, made 126 and Johnson scored 149 as Notts reached the tape in 87.3 overs.

1992 - Match drawn

Richard Blakey scored a hundred for the home side, with Chris Broad getting 120 for Notts. The only other statistical note concerns Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian superstar played his 16th and final county championship match for the White Rose – and didn’t ever appear in the competition again.

1996 - Yorkshire won by an innings and six runs

Two international bowlers took the plaudits, with Notts outclassed and unable to reach 200 in either innings. Darren Gough claimed nine wickets in the match, including six for 36 in the second innings. Only Chris Cairns could hold his head up for Notts, with figures of six for 110 in their heavy defeat.

1998 - Match drawn

Tim Robinson hit 114 in Notts’ first innings and Darren Lehmann responded with 131. The visitors were still 12 behind, with only four second innings wickets remaining, when time ran out.

2009 - Match drawn

Notts made 395, helped by two astonishing innings. Australia’s David Hussey scored 189 from 205 deliveries faced. He hit 26 boundaries and seven sixes, yet was outgunned in the maximum department by Andre Adams, who repeatedly cleared the ropes on his way to a 57-ball score of 84. Ryan Sidebottom took five for 59 and Adams claimed four for 39 as the Tykes were made to follow-on, but 99 from Andrew Gale guaranteed his side a draw.

2013 - Match drawn

Former Yorkshire batsman Michael Lumb scored 135, his first century on the ground as Notts topped 400 in their first innings. The quality of the surface was demonstrated fully as Yorkshire responded with 572 for eight declared, their highest score against Notts. Andrew Gale, Yorkshire’s captain, led the way with a monumental score of 272, with Gary Ballance making 141.

2016 - Yorlshire won by 305 runs

Notts chose to bowl first and had their hosts reeling at 51-6 during the opening session. Things turned dramatically from then on. Andrew Hodd made an undefeated 96 and had solid support from Azeem Rafiq (74) and Jack Brooks 948) as Yorkshire posted 282. Spiralling towards relegation, Notts delivered a lacklustre response of just 94 with Steven Mullaney (25) and Tom Moores (23 on his Nottinghamshire first-class debut) scoring more than half of the runs between them. Ballance scored 101 not out as Yorkshire rattled up the runs before declaring 451 ahead. Moores made 41 before falling to Bresnan (5-36) as the innings folded for just 146.

Stats (for all first class matches between Notts & Yorkshire)

Highest Team Total | Notts: 545-7 dec (Headingley 2010), Yorkshire: 572-8 dec (Scarborough 2013).

Highest Individual Score | Notts: 251* DJ Hussey (Headingley 2010), Yorkshire: 285 P Holmes (Trent Bridge 1929).

Best Bowling | Notts: 8-32 JC Shaw (Trent Bridge 1865), Yorkshire: 10-10 H Verity (Headingley 1932).

Played For Both

Former Durham MCCU captain Will Fraine was given a short-term contract last summer by Notts and played one first-class, three 50-over and seven T20 matches for the county.

During the close-season the Huddersfield-born batsman accepted an offer to join his home county and made the move to Headingley.

In June Fraine registered his maiden first-class hundred, scoring 106 for the White Rose against Surrey – in a match played at Scarborough.

Amongst the others to have appeared for both counties are Greg Blewett, Brian Bolus, Mike Bore, Kraigg Brathwaite, Mark Broadhurst, Gareth Clough, Phil Jaques, Gary Keedy, Younis Khan, Michael Lumb, Ashley Metcalfe, Ajmal Shahzad, Ryan Sidebottom, Barry Stead, Richard Stemp and Alex Wharf.


Nottinghamshire players approaching first-class milestones this week are:

Luke Fletcher needs 32 runs to reach 2,000 in first-class cricket.

Chris Nash (972), Jake Ball (945), Ben Duckett (933) and Ben Slater (835) are all nearing 1,000 first-class runs for Nottinghamshire.

Jake Ball (190 wickets) and Luke Wood (90 wickets) are nearing first-class landmarks with the ball.


There are two further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer, with the next opportunity coming as part of a double-header on Sunday 25 August. The Outlaws' clash against Yorkshire Vikings will be preceded by Loughborough Lightning v Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League.

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