Notts Outlaws end their programme of Royal London One Day Cup group fixtures with a clash against Northants Steelbacks at Wantage Road.
Contrasting performances have left the two sides at opposite ends of the table.
Notts are assured of a place in the knock-out phase and can guarantee a home semi-final berth with victory.
Northants are playing solely for pride, after picking up just four points from their previous seven matches.
Notts Outlaws and Northants Steelbacks have played each other on 41 previous occasions in List A cricket.
Northants have 20 wins to Notts’ 18, with three matches lost to the rain.
Notts have won 10 of the away matches, one at Luton and the rest at Northampton; most recently in 2007 and 2013.
Two years ago Notts Outlaws travelled to Northampton with work to do to qualify for the knockout stages. The home side were sent in to bat first but had got off to a flying start, thanks to openers Ben Duckett and Max Holden.
Duckett, now with Notts, had raced to 56 and his partner was unbeaten on 23 but after less than one hour of play the rain set in.
The Steelbacks were 79 without loss after 14.4 overs but no further play was possible. Notts took their point, and with other results gong for them they advanced to the knock-outs, beating Somerset, Essex and Surrey to lift the silverware.
1962 | Nottinghamshire’s first competitive one-day match saw them defeated by Northamptonshire at Trent Bridge. In a low-scoring contest the visitors posted 168-9, with John Cotton taking 4-24. In reply, Notts could only make 137 all out, with skipper Geoff Millman making 60, the only half-century of the clash. The two sides, along with Leicestershire and Derbyshire, were pioneering a Midlands Knock-Out competition, played over 65 overs. Northants went on to defeat Leicestershire in the final.
1977 | The lowest score made against Nottinghamshire in List A cricket came at the County Ground, Northampton. Notts had struggled to make their way to 130-8 in their 40 overs but it was more than enough as the home side folded for just 43. Five different bowlers shared the wickets with Dilip Doshi’s figures making the most interesting reading: 8-7-1-1.
1979 | The only time that Nottinghamshire have recorded a last-wicket partnership of 50 in a List A match came at Northampton in a losing cause. The home side scored 150-5 from their 40 overs in a John Player League match. Nottinghamshire were out of it at 94-9 but Eddie Hemmings, with 43 not out, and Mike Bore, who made an undefeated 28, nearly got them to the winning line as the innings closed on 144-9.
1987 | Nottinghamshire won the NatWest Trophy for the only time, defeating Northamptonshire in the final at Lord’s by three wickets. The match had begun two days earlier, with the opposition making 228-3 from their 50 overs. Rain delays meant that the match was carried over until the Monday, Notts reaching their target thanks to 63 from skipper Clive Rice and an unbeaten 70, from 61 deliveries, by Richard Hadlee.
Memorable Meeting – 6 June 2016
Notts Outlaws and Northamptonshire Steelbacks served up the most stunning advertisement for 50 over cricket in a record-breaking One Day Cup match at Trent Bridge.
The home side eventually emerged victorious but not before the Steelbacks came within a whisker of chasing a formidable target of 446.
Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels both scored centuries as Notts powered their way to 445 for eight, their highest score in List A cricket.
The pair combined in an opening stand of 342, the highest ever made in an English List A match.
Both players reached their highest one-day scores; Lumb scored 184 from 150 deliveries, with 21 fours and six sixes, and Wessels hit 146 from 97 balls, with 14 fours and eight maximums.
Northants were handicapped by a shoulder injury to Richard Levi, which meant he didn’t bat until No 11. Rory Kleinveldt, nursing a calf injury, batted with a runner and almost helped the visitors pull off a stunning run chase.
He hit 128 from only 63 balls, smashing 10 fours and nine sixes to put Notts under real pressure, after Adam Rossington had made 97 at the top of the order.
Kleinveldt’s incredible innings came to an end when he was superbly caught in the deep by sub fielder Anuj Dal, who had spent the day playing for Notts seconds at Hinckley, against Leicestershire.
Northants finished on 425 all out, leaving Notts winners by 20 runs. The match aggregate of 870 runs – another domestic record – contained a total of 35 sixes.
Stats (for all List A matches between Notts & Northants)
Highest Team Total | Notts: 445-8 (Trent Bridge, 2016), Northants: 425 (Trent Bridge, 2016).
Highest Individual Score | Notts: 184 MJ Lumb (Trent Bridge, 2016), Northants: 133* DJG Sales (County Ground, Northampton, 2003).
Best Bowling | Notts: 6-22 CEB Rice (County Ground, Northampton, 1981), Northants: 5-13 TM Lamb (County Ground, Northampton, 1979).
Played For Them Both
Ben Duckett could face his former county for the first time in competitive action (the two teams met in a pre-season friendly).
The 24-year old made his first team debut for Northants in 2012 and played in 66 first class, 43 List A and 71 T20 matches before joining Notts last September.
Luke Wood played in one County Championship match for Northants during a brief loan spell at the start of this season and Jake Libby also spent time at Wantage Road three years ago.
Brett Hutton will be hoping to line up for Northants against his former county on Monday.
Amongst the other players to have represented both counties are: David Lucas, Richard Logan, Usman Afzaal, Graeme White, Nicky Boje, Graeme Swann, Jason Brown, Lance Klusener, Bilal Shafayat, Ben Phillips, Mark Bowen, Wayne Noon, Russell Warren and Riki Wessels.
Steven Mullaney is closest to reaching a significant landmark, having taken 99 List A wickets.
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