1987 NatWest Trophy (partially found footage of one-day county cricket tournament matches; 1987)

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Programme for the Final.

Status: Partially Found

The 1987 NatWest Trophy was a one-day 60-over county cricket tournament. Occurring from 24th June to 7th September, the Final saw Nottinghamshire claim their first and only NatWest Trophy, by winning via three wickets against Northamptonshire at Lord's after Richard Hadlee accumulated an unbeaten 70 runs.


The seventh running of the tournament under NatWest sponsorship, it was the 25th edition overall when also considering its previous history as the Gillette Cup.[1] The 1964 format remained, with knockout games consisting of 60 overs per innings.[2] Alongside the 16 first-class counties, thirteen Minor Counties competed.[2] Of these teams, only Buckinghamshire managed to move past the opening round, defeating Somerset by seven runs, before losing to Warwickshire by 201 runs.[3] Teams representing the Republic of Ireland and Scotland also competed, though they lost to Northamptonshire by 88 runs, and to Kent by six wickets respectively.[3] The defending champions were Sussex; after defeating Cumberland by eight wickets in Round 1, they were defeated by Gloucestershire via five wickets.[3]

In the road to the Final, Nottinghamshire defeated Suffolk via eight wickets; Middlesex by 60 runs; Derbyshire by 57 runs; before demolishing Gloucestershire by 143 runs.[4][3] Meanwhile, Northamptonshire as previously mentioned defeated Ireland; beat Surrey by five wickets; outmatched Essex by five wickets; and defeated Leicestershire by 85 runs.[5][3] Nottinghamshire were seeking their first NatWest Trophy, having finished runners-up in 1985.[6] In contrast, Northamptonshire had won the 1976 edition, before finishing runners-up in the 1979 and 1981 editions.[7][6] Heading into the Final, Nottinghamshire were experiencing a successful season, winning the 1987 Britannic Assurance County Championship, and finishing runners-up to Worcestershire in the 1987 Refuge Assurance League.[8][9][10] Northamptonshire also had a strong season, but it was considerably more frustrating.[11] After a fine beginning to the County Championship, injuries contributed towards a poor run of form late in the season, resulting in the team finishing seventh.[11][9] They reached the Benson & Hedges Cup Final held on 11th July, but after both teams tied on 244, Yorkshire won by virtue of losing one fewer wicket.[12][11] Therefore, Northamptonshire were eager to come away with a trophy to reflect an otherwise mostly successful summer.[11]

The Final

The 1987 NatWest Trophy Final originally commenced on 5th September, at Lord's Cricket Ground.[13][14] However, as downpour commenced, it became clear that the match would face disruption.[11][13][14] Consequently, the Final was reduced to 50 overs, and would continue on 7th September if a winner had not yet emerged.[11][13][14] Just before midday, the match began, with Nottinghamshire winning the toss and electing to field.[11][13][14] Northamptonshire, therefore, had to contend with inconsistent weather, which frequently forced temporary stoppages.[11] Despite this, Northamptonshire set a respectable target of 228/3, with Wayne Larkins scoring 87 runs before a bowl from Robert Pick triggered an lbw.[13][14][11] Allan Joseph Lamb scored 41 runs, while Rob Bailey achieved 39 not out.[11][13][14]

In contrast, Nottinghamshire struggled to chase the game.[15][11] Batters Brian Broad and Robert Robinson scored just three and two runs respectively, and were quickly out following bowls from Winston Davis.[11][13][14] Team captain Nick Cook bowled Derek Randall out for ten, while Paul Johnson scored just one before being ruled out via an lbw.[13][14] At this point, Nottinghamshire were on just 38/4.[11][13][14] Clive Rice and John Birch helped the team limp to 57/4 before play on 5th September ended.[11][15][13][14] On Day 2, Birch accumulated 21 before being bowled out by Alan Walker, while Geoff Cook caught Rice after the latter was on 63 runs.[11][13][14] However, the dismissals allowed for Richard Hadlee and Bruce French to bat next, their partnership contributing towards the team reaching 221, before French was run out for 35 by David Capel.[13][14] However, Northamptonshire were unable to catch Hadlee, despite having four consecutive promising chances to do so.[11] Alas, the catchers dropped every opportunity. It therefore allowed Hadlee to 70 runs from 61 balls to win by three wickets, with only three balls to spare.[11][15][13][14] It marked a successful end to Hadlee's time at Nottinghamshire.[16]

In winning the NatWest Trophy, Nottinghamshire also earned £20,000 of the £53,000 prize pot.[17][3] Its success in the County Championship and NatWest Trophy led cricket manager Ken Taylor to declare his side as "the best team in the country".[8] In fact, such was Nottingham's dominance in 1987, it led Taylor et al to declare that narrowly missing out on the treble was a major disappointment.[8] Meanwhile, Northamptonshire were dejected, with Cook conceding that the team's victory could have been assured via a successful Hadlee catch.[11] Some also speculate Northamptonshire likely would have won had rain not forced a second day of play.[11][15] By the time the tournament was abolished after 2009, Nottinghamshire never reached another Final, while Northamptonshire finished runners-up in 1990 before beating Leicestershire by eight wickets to claim the 1992 title.[6][8]


Radio Times helps confirm the BBC provided some live coverage and highlights of the tournament, starting from the second round.[18] At the very least, one Round 2 and Quarter-Final matches were aired, in addition to both Semi-Finals.[18] Finally, the Final received dedicated coverage on BBC 2.[18] Ultimately, little coverage from the BBC has publicly resurfaced.[19] One prominent cricket broadcaster collector, Gazza1976, notes that few county cricket highlights from the 1980s and early-1990s have been unearthed.[19] While some Finals are available on YouTube, only highlights of the 1987 Final focusing on Nottinghamshire's inning have been made publicly available, courtesy of DM MORDECAI on 29th September 2020.[19] No other footage of the tournament has been found.[19]



Highlights of the Final.

See Also

External Links


  1. ESPNcricinfo summarising the tournament's history. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  2. 2.0 2.1 ESPNcricinfo summarising the tournament's key changes. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 ESPNcricinfo summarising the results of the tournament. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  4. Archived Cricket Archive detailing the result of the Nottinghamshire-Gloucestershire semi-final match. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  5. Archived Cricket Archive detailing the result of the Northamptonshire-Leicestershire semi-final match. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 ESPNcricinfo listing the results of every tournament Final. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  7. Northamptonshire County Cricket Club detailing its trophy cabinet. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Trent Bridge detailing Nottinghamshire's successful 1987 season. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  9. 9.0 9.1 Wisden detailing the 1987 Britannic Assurance County Championship table. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  10. Wisden detailing the 1987 Refuge Assurance League. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 Northampton Chronicle & Echo reflecting on Northamptonshire's season, and detailing the 1987 NatWest Trophy Final. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  12. ESPNcricinfo detailing the result of the 1987 Benson & Hedges Cup Final. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 ESPNcricinfo detailing the result and statistics of the Final. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 Archived Cricket Archive detailing the result and statistics of the Final. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Wisden Anthology briefly summarising the Final. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  16. Trent Bridge biography on Hadlee. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  17. Rain Stops Play noting the tournament's prize pot. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 BBC Genome archive of Radio Times issues detailing the BBC's coverage of the tournament. Retrieved 13th Jun '23
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Cricket Web discussing the missing footage from the Final, and from other county cricket tournaments of the era. Retrieved 13th Jun '23