With the test match due to get underway tomorrow and the county cricket season in full swing, we take a look at some of the highest and best statistical records at one of England’s premier cricket grounds, Trent Bridge, the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.
Highest test total: In an Ashes match from 1938, England compiled the highest ever total against the Australians at the time. Batting first, they made a mammoth 658 for 8 declared with Charlie Barnett (126 with 18 fours), and Len Hutton (100), opening proceedings with a stand of 219. Then, Eddie Paynter and Denis Compton (102 with 15 fours), put on a double century partnership for the fifth wicket. Les Ames added 46, and when the innings closed after 188 overs, Paynter was still unbeaten on 216, having hit 26 fours and one six during his innings.
Highest one-day international total: In what is still the highest ever team total in ODI history, England smashed the Australians to oblivion in 2018, with a gigantic 481 for 6 in their 50 overs. Jason Roy made 82 off 61 balls (seven fours and four sixes), and Jonny Bairstow clobbered 139 off just 92 balls (15 fours and five sixes), in an opening stand of 159 inside 20 overs. Nottinghamshire’s very own, Alex Hales, then added a blitzkrieg 92-ball 147 with 16 fours and five sixes, as the second wicket pair added 151 off just 88 balls. Skipper Eoin Morgan finally added the finishing touches to the innings, with a brutal 67 off only 30 balls (three fours and six sixes).
Highest individual test innings: The stylish Denis Compton stroked his way to a majestic 278 made in four and three-quarter hours, as England totalled 558 for 6 declared against the touring Pakistan team in 1954. His innings contained 34 fours and one six, and he featured in a stand of 154 with Tom Graveney, and one of 192 with Trevor Bailey.
Highest individual ODI innings: The county’s present day cavalier, Alex Hales, again came to the fore, this time in 2016, with a magnificent 171 off only 122 balls against Pakistan. Opening the innings, he put on a quick 248 for the second wicket with Joe Root (85) in 193 balls, before he was leg-before with the total on 281 in the 37th over. His innings was laden with 22 fours and four sixes, and he reached his 100 off 83 balls. Jos Buttler added an unbeaten 90 as England ended their 50 overs on 444 for 3.
Best individual test bowling figures: Another Notts stalwart, the brilliant Stuart Broad produced the incredible spell of eight wickets for only 15 runs against the hapless Australian team in 2015. Batting first, the tourists were blown away in only 18.3 overs for 60 runs. Broad bowled unchanged for 9.3 overs, picking up two wickets in the first over, and two wickets in his seventh over. He collected his 300th test wicket, as he took five of his wickets in the first 19 balls he delivered.
Highest first-class team total: During a county championship match in 1903, Nottinghamshire pummelled the Leicestershire attack for 739 runs for the loss of seven wickets in only eight hours. Batting for 167 overs, Arthur Jones (66), and James Iremonger (94), put up 141 for the first wicket, before the mighty Gunn’s, Billy and John, conjured a staggering 367 runs for the third wicket. Billy fell for 139 at 553, and John was dismissed at 634, for a club record 294 runs in only 265 minutes, with 34 boundaries. John Dixon came in at number six and stroked an unbeaten 104 to take the total past the 700 mark.
Highest individual first-class innings : The touring Australians visited the Trent Bridge ground in 1921 and amassed a grand 675 runs against the county. The main scorer was Charles Macartney with a magnificent 345 runs made in only 232 minutes. His innings contained 47 fours and four sixes. He passed his previous highest score of 208, reaching 200 in only 145 minutes, and his 300 in 205 minutes, the fastest at the time. It was the most runs made by a batsman in a single day’s play. His partnership with Clarence Pellew produced 241 runs for the fourth wicket.
Best bowling figures in a first-class match: Batting first during a county match in 1864, the Kent batsman were dismissed for a lowly 62 runs in 49 overs, as the round arm right-arm fast bowling of James Grundy captured a remarkable 9 for 19 in 25 overs, bowling unchanged throughout the innings.
Highest first-class partnership: From a county championship match in 1968, the Warwickshire pair of West Indian Rohan Kanhai and Pakistan’s Khalid Ibadulla recorded a quadruple stand against the county. Batting in the second innings, with the side struggling on 6 for 3, they put on 402 runs for the fourth wicket. Kanhai was dismissed for 253 and Ibadulla remained unbeaten on 147 when Warwickshire declared.
*Article provided by Hitesh Darji (Cricket Correspondent)
*Main image @TrentBridge the famous old venue looking forward to a weekend of Test Cricket.