Notts Outlaws play their second match within a 24-hour period when their Vitality Blast campaign continues at Emerald Headingley against Yorkshire Vikings on Friday evening.
The Outlaws will be looking to bounce back after their opening defeat to Worcestershire Rapids. Yorkshire are making their debut in this season’s competition.
Yorkshire will be led this season by former Worcestershire batsman, Tom Kohler-Cadmore.
His team will include David Willey, who took a hat-trick in the 2013 final against Surrey whilst playing for his former county, Northants.
Notts won the domestic T20 in 2017, whilst Yorkshire’s best season came in 2012 when they were defeated in the final.
Head To Head
There have been 30 previous meetings in domestic T20 cricket between Notts and Yorkshire.
The White Rose county have hosted the matches on 15 occasions and have won six times, most recently in 2017.
Meanwhile, the Outlaws’ victory at Headingley last summer was their seventh.
Last season’s meeting could barely have been more tense, with Headingley effectively hosting a shoot-out for the quarter-finals.
It was winner-takes-all, with both Notts and Yorkshire locked together on 14 points when they met on 17th August.
Yorkshire won the toss, batted and posted 163-6. Captain David Willey hit 51 and both Adam Lyth and Kane Williamson scored 44.
How would Notts fare?
The answer was instantly forthcoming as Alex Hales played the sort of innings that has typified his career.
He was unbeaten on 71 when his side reached their target with an over to spare.
Jake Libby, 43 not out, had shared in an unbroken stand of 71 to break Yorkshire hearts.
The first meeting in T20 competition between the two sides was in 2003, the inaugural season.
At Headingley, the man-of-the-match award went to Yorkshire’s Michael Lumb, who played a brutal knock of 55 from 26 balls, with 4 fours and 5 sixes.
For good measure, he followed it up with bowling figures of 3-0-32-3, dismissing Kevin Pietersen, Bilal Shafayat and Will Smith.
Yorkshire won the 2008 meeting at Trent Bridge by 9 wickets but then found themselves deducted 2 points for fielding an unregistered player, Azeem Rafiq.
Stats (in all T20 matches between Notts and Yorkshire)
Highest Team Total | Notts: 225-5 (Trent Bridge 2017), Yorks 209-4 (Headingley 2015).
Highest Individual Score | Notts: 101 AD Hales (Trent Bridge 2017), Yorks: 96* MJ Wood (Trent Bridge 2014).
Best Bowling | Notts: 3-16 HF Gurney (Trent Bridge 2016), Yorks: 4-23 Naved-ul-Hasan (Headingley 2009).
Played For Them Both
Medium-fast bowler Alex Wharf was born in Bradford and made his Yorkshire first class debut in 1994.
After just seven appearances, which produced 11 wickets and a highest score of 62, he headed south to join Notts.
Between 1998 and 1999 he played in 21 first class games whilst at Trent Bridge, collecting 40 wickets and registering two half centuries.
In addition, he represented the county in 23 one day fixtures.
Later, after moving to Glamorgan, he gained England recognition and appeared in 13 One Day Internationals.
Alex is now an experienced and well-respected first-class umpire.
Samit Patel is the Outlaws’ ‘Mr T20’.
He has scored the most runs and taken the most wickets for Notts in the format and is on the brink of some wider records.
He is neck and neck at the top of the list of appearances in the domestic T20 competition, sharing the mark on 169 outings with Darren Stevens.
The Kent all-rounder has just signed on loan with Derbyshire for this season’s competition.
Patel is also closing in as the leading all-time wicket-taker in the tournament.
His two on Thursday evening against Worcestershire have lifted him to 154.
Top of the pile, just, are Sussex’s Danny Briggs, and the retired Yasar Arafat, both with 156 wickets.
Following a bumper crowd of 12,613 for the opening fixture against the Worcestershire Rapids, there are six further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer.