As two fiercely competitive sides who have been stacked with explosive talent since the inception of T20 cricket in 2003, Notts Outlaws and the Yorkshire Vikings have enjoyed many a blockbuster clash.

Yesterday’s triumph for the Green and Golds marked the third highest chase at Trent Bridge for the home side, with all of the top three coming against the White Rose.

From the second year of T20 cricket to the present day, the Outlaws have long enjoyed tucking into the Yorkshire attack.

Here we take a trip down memory lane to 2004, 2017 and, well, yesterday.


The dust was still settling on the newest format of cricket. Teams were feeling each other out, scores of over 200 were rarely sighted.

However, when Yorkshire rocked up at Trent Bridge on 7 July all of that was thrown out the window.

Visiting skipper Matthew Wood struck an unbeaten 96 at the top of the order, Andrew Gale (now Yorkshire Head Coach) contributed 38, and a 19-year-old Tim Bresnan smashed an enterprising 35 from just 16 deliveries in a score of 207-7.

In reply, the Outlaws’ top order stuttered before Mark Ealham eclipsed the efforts of all who had come before him.

The all-rounder, who had earlier recorded miserly figures of 1-19, took the Outlaws to the brink of victory.

No Yorkshire bowler was safe as Ealham struck five fours and nine maximums in a barely believable display of hitting, eventually falling for 91 from 35 balls.

Samit Patel (14* from 7) and Richard Logan (11* from 4) then finished off the demolition job, the Outlaws winning with one ball to spare.



The year 2017 would go down in Outlaws history – and a world record run chase was a footnote in a stellar summer.

Only the evergreen Samit Patel and Tim Bresnan remained from Notts' red-letter day 13 years before, but the game was no less frantic.

Patel, now opening the bowling for the Outlaws, made a telling contribution, dismissing Adam Lyth, David Willey and Peter Handscomb on his way to figures of 3-29.

However, that didn’t halt a powerful Yorkshire batting performance, with healthy contributions from five of the top six pushing the visitors up to a score of 223-5.

It would have made for a daunting chase for many a white-ball side. But this was the Outlaws' 2017 vintage, less than a month on from beating Surrey at Lord’s to win the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Step forward Alex Hales. Eleven months on from his 171 for England at the same venue, 29 days on from his staggering 187* in that final at Lord’s, the explosive right-hander did it again.

Hales, alongside Riki Wessels, who himself had scored the first Outlaws century in the format eight days before, sparked the Green and Golds into life with 87 off the first 5.4 overs.

Wessels departed but Hales continued to motor on, bringing up a third match-winning white-ball century inside 12 months.

The right-hander eventually departed with 101 to his name, off just 47 balls, before Dan Christian, Brendan Taylor and Steven Mullaney combined to take the Outlaws over the line with five balls to spare.



And so to Bank Holiday Monday in 2020.

The evolution of T20 cricket over the past 16 years was evident in the Green and Golds’ bowling performance, which halted Yorkshire’s attempt to surpass 200 yet again on the Trent Bridge turf.

Homegrown Outlaws Luke Fletcher and Jake Ball used their dazzling array of variations to great effect. They would take eight scalps between them, the Bulwell Bomber securing a maiden T20 five-wicket haul in the final over.

Alex Hales fell early in the chase, unable to resurrect the heroics of 2017, and the Outlaws were 16-2 before the end of the second over.

However, the steady head of Chris Nash was unperturbed, and he found fine support from Ben Duckett, the archetypal modern T20 player, at the other end.

Nash hit a third fifty in his last four T20 matches - a run which began with his role in the quarter-final demolition of Middlesex almost a year ago.

Meanwhile, Duckett unfurled sweeps, reverse sweeps and a couple of huge hits to clear the ropes and make the chase look a formality.


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