Stats: Most 400+ totals in List A cricket

Stats: Most 400+ totals in List A cricket

Overall, this was the 3rd time Nottinghamshire and Somerset have posted 400+ in List A cricket, the most by any England domestic side.

Somerset v Nottinghamshire
Jamie Overton of Somerset walks off as Nottinghamshire Outlaw players celebrate the victory. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Nottinghamshire and Somerset played each other in the quarter-final game of the Royal London One-Day Cup at the County Ground in Taunton where both the sides scored over 400 as a total of 834 runs were scored in the 98 overs at the cost of 19 wickets in the match. Nottinghamshire were successful in defending their total of 429/9; their 2nd highest List A total ever by bowling out Somerset for 405, who also recorded their 2nd highest total in this format.

After being put in to bat, Nottinghamshire got a blistering start from their openers as Riki Wessels hit 4 sixes in his innings of 81 that he scored in just 62 balls while Michael Lumb struck 47 off mere 28 balls. Samit Patel also scored 69-ball 66 but the former Zimbabwe skipper, Brendon Taylor was the backbone for the Notts as he hit his maiden List A 150 scoring 154 in just 97 balls with help of 17 fours and 5 sixes.

The visiting side could add only 19 runs in last 15 balls as they lost 5 wickets in that period. If not for those wickets, Nottinghamshire could have gone past their highest List A total of 445/8 last year against Nottinghamshire, 2nd highest List A total ever. This was the first time that Somerset have conceded 400+ total in the List A as the previous highest total in this format over them was 383/4 by Kent in 2014 at the same County Ground in Taunton.

In the chase, opener Johann Myburgh hit 19-ball 44 before Somerset lost 3 wickets in quick succession. However, it was the pair of Dean Elgar and Peter Trego that changed the course of the game with some exceptional hitting as they shared a 154-run stand for the 4th wicket in just 16 overs before Trego fell for 66 off 47 and Elgar was dismissed for 91 from 63 balls in space of 3 overs.

By then Somerset was cursing at 9 an over but unsubstantial contributions from the following batsmen meant they were 9 down for 364 in the 44th over. However, Jamie Overton, who came to bat at No.10, scored 40 off just 26 balls to keep them alive in the game but couldn’t take his side to the semis.

Overall, this was the 3rd time Nottinghamshire and Somerset have posted 400+ in List A cricket, the most by any England domestic side. Among the domestic sides across the globe, only New Zealand’s Central Districts (5 totals) has scored 400+ in List A cricket more times than these two teams. South Africa’s domestic side Titans also has 3 totals of 400+.

Most 400+ Totals in List A cricket:

Team Most 400+ totals in List A 400+ totals
Score Opposition Venue Season
South Africa 6 438/9 Australia Johannesburg 2005/06
418/5 Zimbabwe Potchefstroom 2006/07
439/2 West Indies Johannesburg 2014/15
408/5 West Indies Sydney 2014/15
411/4 Ireland Canberra 2014/15
438/4 India Mumbai 2015/16
India 5 413/5 Bermuda Port of Spain 2006/07
414/7 Sri Lanka Rajkot 2009/10
401/3 South Africa Gwalior 2009/10
418/5 West Indies Indore 2011/12
404/5 Sri Lanka Kolkata 2014/15
Central Districts 5 417/6 Northern Districts Hamilton 2012/13
405 Canterbury New Plymouth 2014/15
405/6 Canterbury Timaru 2014/15
405/6 Canterbury New Plymouth 2015/16
401/8 Northern Districts New Plymouth 2016/17
Titans 3 425/5 Warriors Centurion 2016/17
415/3 Lions Johannesburg 2016/17
400/5 Cape Cobras Cape Town 2016/17
Nottinghamshire 3 445/8 Northamptonshire Nottingham 2016
415/5 Warwickshire Nottingham 2016
429/9 Somerset Taunton 2017
Somerset 3 413/4 Devon Torquay 1990
403/4 Scotland Taunton 2009
405 Nottinghamshire Taunton 2017

Nottinghamshire and Somerset posting the scores in a knockout game made it only the 4th and 5th instances of a team scoring 400+ total in a List A knockout game.

Highest totals in a knockout game in List A cricket:

Total Team Opposition Match Type Ground Season
434/4 Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago Semi-final Coolidge 2016/17
429/9 Nottinghamshire Somerset Quarter-Final Taunton 2017
425/5 Titans Warriors Final Centurion 2016/17
405/6 Central Districts Canterbury Final New Plymouth 2015/16
405 Somerset Nottinghamshire Quarter-Final Taunton 2017

(Stats as on June 13th, 2017)