Jake Ball first broke into the Nottinghamshire side at the end of the 2009 season, making his debut in a Pro40 clash against Sussex at Hove. The right-arm medium-pacer claimed the wicket of Rory Hamilton-Brown during his first match but his chance of shining with the bat came to an abrupt halt as he was dismissed first ball, enabling Dwayne Smith to claim a hat-trick.
Since then Mansfield-born Jake has featured regularly in white ball cricket for the county, picking up best bowling figures of 3-32 against Leicestershire Foxes in a CB40 match at Trent Bridge in 2010.
Last season began with Jake making his first class debut in the Champion County v MCC match in Abu Dhabi, picking up the wickets of Stephen Moore, Stephen Peters and Dawid Malan.
Nephew of Bruce French, the former Nottinghamshire and England wicket-keeper, Jake is a former England Under-19 international and will be hoping that he can make an impact in the county championship side during 2012.