Statistical Preview: Notts Outlaws

Saturday 20th April 2019
& News
Written by Tom Skinner

Derbyshire entertain their local rivals, Nottinghamshire, in the second group game of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Heritage Officer, David Griffin, looks at the statistical background to the game.

In Derbyshire’s first 1,000 List A games, Nottinghamshire have been the opponents on 61 occasions, with only Lancashire (75) and Yorkshire (68) providing the opposition more often.

They have played at seven different venues – Chesterfield, Derby, Heanor, Ilkeston, Trent Bridge, Welbeck and Worksop, with the first meeting at Queen’s Park in the John Player League in August 1969, and the most recent in the RL50 One Day Cup at Trent Bridge in 2018.

To date, Derbyshire have won 20 matches, Nottinghamshire 39, with two matches abandoned.

Derbyshire’s highest team score is 303-4 at Derby in 2017, when, despite Nottinghamshire only totalling 286-6, the visitors won via the Duckworth Lewis Method.

Derbyshire’s highest total batting first – to win – was 255-4 at Derby in the semi-final of the RAL Cup in 1990, while their highest total batting second – to win – was 233-4 at Trent Bridge in the National League in 2001.

Nottinghamshire’s highest team score is 340-7 at Welbeck in 2016.

Derbyshire’s lowest all-out total is 97, in that inaugural John Player League match in 1969, while Nottinghamshire’s lowest all-out total is 81 at Trent Bridge in 1972, when Mike Hendrick took a remarkable 6-7 in 7.4 overs.

Hendrick’s analysis remains the best in List A games for Derbyshire against Nottinghamshire, although he also took 5-30 at Chesterfield in 1975, and Phil Russell took 5-54 at Trent Bridge in 1974.

Derbyshire batsmen have recorded three centuries against Nottinghamshire, with Chris Adams’ 121 in 1997 at Trent Bridge being the highest; Matt Cassar scored 109 at Trent Bridge in 1999, and Chris Bassano made 100 not out at the same ground in 2004.

Nottinghamshire is the only county against whom no Derbyshire batsman has ever scored a List A hundred in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire’s best wins by wickets were all by 9 wickets, in 1988, 2000 and 2004, and their biggest margin by runs was the 66-run victory in 1972 at Trent Bridge.

Billy Godleman, Jon Moss and Kim Barnett all recorded scores in the nineties against Nottinghamshire, with Barnett’s 99 at Derby in 1996 being the highest.

One Derbyshire bowler has taken a hat-trick in these fixtures; Martin Jean-Jacques dismissing Hadlee, Birch and French with the final three balls of the Nottinghamshire innings in the Nat West quarter final at Derby in 1987, a game televised live on the BBC and which famously featured a female streaker.

This was one of four quarter final ties played between the two counties in knock-out cricket, with the most famous being the game at Derby in 1981 when Derbyshire mustered what was considered to be a below-par 164 all out off 59 overs, before an inspired collective bowling effort from Newman, Oldham, Wood and Steele saw Nottinghamshire dismissed for 141. Derbyshire subsequently went on to win the final at Lord’s.

Derbyshire’s other successful quarter final was in the Gillette Cup at Trent Bridge in 1975 when, in sultry conditions, the home side made 166 all out with Hendrick taking 4-26 in 9.2 overs. Derbyshire’s reply was steady and controlled as Brian Bolus (49 not out) and Phil Sharpe (48) saw Derbyshire safely home to triumph by six wickets. Derbyshire were subsequently defeated by Middlesex in the semi-final at Chesterfield.

Derbyshire’s last List A win over their near-neighbours, was at Trent Bridge in 2004.

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