Nottinghamshire & Surrey Prepare
To Contest 118th First Class
Encounter At Trent Bridge
Featured News | 17th July 2012
Just three days after the two sides met in CB40 action at Guildford, Nottinghamshire and Surrey lock horns again when they meet in the LV= County Championship at Trent Bridge from Wednesday.
This is a fixture that has its roots right back in the 19th century, with the debut meeting taking place at Trent Bridge in 1852, with the home county triumphing by 10-wickets.
That was the start of a grand total of 118 first class matches that have been played in Nottinghamshire with all but one of them taking place at the county headquarters.
The one exception was in 1973 when wet weather severely disrupted a fixture at the Town Ground in Worksop. On the opening day, a Saturday, both Mike Harris and skipper Mike Smedley scored hundreds for Notts, with Robin Jackman, now a well-respected commentator on South African television, returning figures of 5-62.
Notts lead the overall head-to-head in home matches, by 42 wins to 35, with 41 matches drawn, but haven’t tasted victory since 1992.
"Surrey have also had their low moments in Nottingham, notably in 1875 and 1876 when they were dismissed for just 33 and 26."
The last four Notts wins came in 1981, 1984, 1986 and 1992. Surrey’s last four successes were in 1988, 1004, 1998 and 2003, with the most recent draws being in 1990, 1996, 2005 and 2008.
In that most recent meeting Usman Afzaal and Scott Newman were members of the Surrey side and are two of the players that have represented both counties.
Others, in fairly modern times, include Chris Lewis, Younis Khan, Dirk Nannes, Ali Brown (a member of Notts 2010 championship-winning side) and Darren Bicknell (currently on the Notts CCC committee).
The final two names on the above list, Brown and Bicknell, have special reasons for remembering the 1994 match here. They shared an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 253, with opener Bicknell reaching 235 not out and Brown ending on 134 not out. Surrey won the match by an innings, after scoring 604-4 declared.
Astonishingly, their highest score at Trent Bridge is much, much larger than that. In 1947 they declared their first innings closed on 706-4 after four batsmen, Fletcher, Squires, Parker and Holmes all made three figure scores. Notts were able to hang on for a draw in a match that was played over the Whit weekend. Traditionally, Notts v Surrey was always played at that time of year and amassed huge crowds either side of the war.
Surrey have also had their low moments in Nottingham, notably in 1875 and 1876 when they were dismissed for just 33 and 26.
Notts have never reached a total of 600 at home to Surrey but have a double-centurion, Reg Simpson, who scored exactly 200 not out in 1949.
In 1919 George Gunn scored a century in each innings of the match and in 1937 Harold Butler took a hat-trick in the fixture.
Nottinghamshire go into the match in second place in the Division One table, one point behind Warwickshire, who have a game in hand.
Last week’s draw against Middlesex, at Uxbridge, means that Notts have remained undefeated after the first nine championship matches of a season, for the first time since 1937.
Adam Voges’ century at Uxbridge was the 15th of his first class career and nudges him just ahead of some of his middle order colleagues. Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels have each scored 14 first class tons, Samit Patel has hit 13 and James Taylor 12. Skipper Chris Read leads that particular table, amongst current Notts players though, having passed three figures on 21 occasions.
Other milestones to look out for this week:
7998 first class runs – Michael Lumb
5955 first class runs – Samit Patel
993 first class runs for Notts – Riki Wessels
147 first class wickets – Samit Patel
46 first class wickets this season – Andre Adams
45 first class wickets – Harry Gurney
Dave Bracegirdle provides ball by ball commentary on all of Nottinghamshire's LV= County Championship matches on behalf of BBC Radio Nottingham