Now the main annual limited overs competition during the English county season, the ‘Royal London’ One-Day Cup was first contested in 2014 as a successor to the previous 40-over competitions between the main first-class counties.
From the famous early days of the Sunday League in the late 1960s, early 1970s, the one-day domestic competition has progressed through the years from the National League to the ECB40 guises.
Generally played in two groups, with a quarter-final, semi-final, and finals, Nottinghamshire were triumphant in 2017 when they beat Surrey in the final. Last year, Glamorgan beat Durham in the finale at Trent Bridge.
With this year’s tournament due to get underway in early August, we take a look at some of the best performances by the county down the years.
In a staggering innings in 2014, Nottinghamshire posted a record total of 368 for 2 in only 45 overs at the Lord’s cricket ground against the hapless Middlesex team. Michael Lumb (81 off 104 balls), was pedestrian during an opening stand of 217 with Alex Hales, who bludgeoned a fantastic 141 off 96 balls, with 19 fours and four sixes. James Taylor then came in at number three to score an even faster hundred off 55 deliveries (eight fours and seven sixes), before Samit Patel provided the final panache with seven boundaries in a 15-ball 37. The home side were bowled out for 80!
In 2015, having bowled out Warwickshire for just 220 in a match at the Market Warsop ground, the county raced to the target in just 28.1 overs for the loss of only one wicket. After Australian Dan Christian took 5 for 40 in his ten overs, it was again the big-hitting Hales who provided the fireworks with an innings of 103 off 61 balls, including seven fours and nine sixes. He put on 164 in 20.1 overs with Riki Wessels, who remained unbeaten on 85.
Within the space of three days in June 2016, the county twice passed the 400-run mark, both times at Trent Bridge. Against Northamptonshire, they blasted a record-breaking 445 for 8 in 50 overs, on the back of a tremendous 342-run partnership for the first wicket between Lumb and Wessels in 39.2 overs.
Lumb completed a career-best 184 off 150 balls, with 21 fours and six sixes, whilst Wessels crashed 146 off 97 deliveries with 14 fours and eight sixes. Skipper Dan Christian then added 31 off 14 balls (three fours and two sixes), and remarkably the visitors fell just 20 runs short in their chase.
A few days later, the county were at it again with a staggering total of 415 for five versus Warwickshire. Openers Lumb (133 off 108 ; 11 fours and five sixes), and Wessels (76 off 76 ; seven fours and two sixes), again provided the platform with 178 for the first wicket, before Greg Smith added 73 off 62, and Christian provided the main pyrotechnics with 94 off only 47 balls.
He slammed eight fours and five sixes and put on 141 in 14 overs with Smith for the fourth wicket. Again the opposition made a fight of it falling just 36 runs short. Harry Gurney (3-58 in 10 overs), excelled in the run blitz.
Nottinghamshire were the victors of the One-Day Cup in 2017 with another superb performance from opener Alex Hales, who led his side to a four-wicket success in the final. After Surrey had made 297 for 9 in their innings, the county fell to 150-5 in the 26th over.
Hales, however, stayed till the end to make a magnificent record-breaking unbeaten 187 off 167 balls (20 fours & 4 sixes), and added a crucial 137 with captain Chris Read, who made 58.
In the quarter-final against Somerset they amassed an imposing 429 for 9, with Lumb (47 off 28), Wessels (81 off 62), Samit Patel (66 off 69), and Zimbabwean Brendan Taylor (154 off 97 balls, 17 fours and five sixes), all enjoying themselves in the run feast. Once again, the opposition came close in the chase, falling just 24 runs short.
Then in the semi-final, Notts showed that they can also put up a total batting second. Chasing 371 to beat Essex, the county had their double-century heroes in Patel and Steven Mullaney to thank.
Patel controlled the chase with an unbeaten 122 off 123 balls, and Mullaney provided the necessary fireworks with eight fours and six sixes in his 75-ball 111, during a stand of 185, after Taylor had made 62.
Yet another 400-plus total came in 2018, with 409 for 7 against Leicestershire. Chris Nash (56 off 62), Wessels (76 off 44), Tom Moores (76 off 62), and Patel (100 off 63 ; 14 fours and two sixes), were the main run-scorers, and this time it was an easy victory.
In another group game, they shot out Derbyshire for 110, and reached their target in just 11.5 overs for the loss of two wickets, with Wessels, 63 off 34 balls, including six fours and five sixes, and Moores (41 not out off 28), leading the way.
The county continued to make hey during a week in April in 2019, with first a high-scoring game at Trent Bridge where Lancashire finished the game on 406 for 9 chasing the Notts total of 417-7. The modern day blasters of Ben Slater (74 off 82), Joe Clarke (139 off 99 ; 17 fours and five sixes), and Moores (74 off 39 ; three fours and eight sixes), provided the main runs.
A few days later, they again caned the Leicestershire attack with 433 for 7, with the top six batsman all passing fifty, including skipper Mullaney, who clubbed a brutal 81 off 41 balls (ten fours and three sixes), at number six. It was again another easy victory versus their Midlands’ rivals.
Spinner Liam Patterson-White impressed last year with a spell of 5 for 19 in ten overs to help the county dismiss Northamptonshire for 210 before Notts got home by two wickets with two balls to spare in a game at the Gorse Lane ground in Grantham.
*Article provided by Hitesh Darji (Cricket Correspondent)
*Main image @TrentBridge Michael Lumb hit a career best 184 against Northamptonshire in 2016.