Nottinghamshire welcome local rivals Derbyshire to Trent Bridge from 1-4 August for their maiden fixture in the Bob Willis Trophy.
Read on for everything you need to know about the encounter, including:
- How to follow the action
- Team news
- Hours of play
- Bob Willis Trophy playing conditions
- Last time out
- Weather forecast
How to follow the action
We hope you'll agree that our live stream – available at trentbridge.co.uk/live – has got you covered for the 2020 campaign.
You'll be able to enjoy the exploits of the Green and Golds with our multi-camera ball-tracking setup, while action replays, in-game statistics and live reaction will take you to the heart of the action.
Take a look at what to expect here...
Meanwhile, Paul Franks – a man who knows a thing or two about the Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire rivalry – has shared his thoughts ahead of the game. Watch here...
Play is due to commence at 11am, but you can follow the build-up live at trentbridge.co.uk/live from 10.45am.
Lunch is scheduled for 1pm, with the afternoon session to commence at 1.40pm.
Tea is set to be taken at 3.40pm (or when 30 overs remain in the day, whichever is later), before a two-hour final session from 4pm.
90 overs are scheduled per day. Overs lost to bad weather can be made up in subsequent days, up to a maximum of eight per day. In the case of a longer day, times will be announced each day.
The Bob Willis Trophy
All 18 First-Class counties will compete in a unique red-ball competition this summer.
The Bob Willis Trophy, a separate competition to the County Championship, will be played in three regional groups, with Notts facing Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Durham.
The two group winners with the most points will progress to a five-day final to determine the overall winner.
A number of tweaks have been made to the playing conditions which are usually in place for the County Championship, to accommodate circumstances relating to COVID-19:
- A day's play will consist of a minumum of 90 overs - down from 96.
- Each county’s first innings of a match can last no longer than 120 overs
- The follow-on will increase from 150 to 200 runs
- The new ball will be available after 90 overs rather than 80 overs
- Points awarded for a draw will increase from five (as in the County Championship) to eight points. All other points scoring will remain the same as in the County Championship. The change in points awarded for a draw is to help mitigate against the impact of weather during a shortened competition.
Read more on the playing conditions for the Bob Willis Trophy here.
Last time out
Nottinghamshire’s most recent First-Class encounter with Derbyshire, in 2017, was an emphatic, record-breaking affair for the visitors to the County Ground.
Table-topping Notts piled on 508-9dec in their first innings, with Alex Hales scoring 218.
In reply, Derbyshire were rolled for 220, before being dismissed once more for 227 as Notts enforced the follow-on.
Read’s 968th dismissal came off the bowling of Mark Footitt, as the Green and Golds triumphed by an innings and 61 runs.
If you’d like to score along with the action whilst watching from home, our scorecard makes a useful starting point. Download it here.