Notts Outlaws face the Essex Eagles in the final quarter-final of this season’s Friends Life t20 competition tomorrow evening.
After spending a week with England before Nottinghamshire’s trip to Somerset in the LV= County Championship, Outlaws batsman James Taylor is relishing his return to Trent Bridge.
"It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve played here, and what a great place it is,” he said.
“There was the match with Sussex before joining up with the England team which was great, and now, back for the t20 which is very enjoyable.
“We get used to playing a lot of cricket, there’ll be a lot of chopping and changing between formats, were used to it and will be ready.”
The Outlaws go into the quarter-final after an emphatic win over Lancashire Lightning, showcasing the strength in the side’s batting, and will be looking to overcome the Eagles and book their place at finals day.
"We have an outstanding squad here with the Outlaws so hopefully we can win tomorrow and get through to finals day, which will be a great occasion,” said Taylor.
“Essex have quality in their side so it should be a great game.
“Surrey played very well at the Oval and Northants did exceptionally at Wantage Road so hopefully we can do the same as those two teams and secure a home win.
The Outlaws will be familiar to quarter-final situations, but after disappointing defeats to Hampshire and Somerset in recent years, they will look to go one better with what has been touted by many to be one of the strongest batting orders in the country.
“There’s a bit of pressure on everyone really, we have an exceptional batting line up and hopefully a couple of us will fire, with the rest of us playing our role,” said Taylor.
“Our top 8 is absolutely outstanding; to have Graeme White batting at 9 speaks for itself.
“It gives us a license to go out and play, but we all know our roles and it’s up to us to go out and get a result.
“It’s a massively important game and hopefully we’ll have a big crowd like we always do in twenty 20 cricket here in Nottingham.
“Last year the atmosphere was unbelievable, one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever played in so hopefully we can have the same crowd, atmosphere and get through to finals day.”
Tickets for the Outlaws' Friends Life t20 quarter-final are now on general sale from our online box office.
Supporters can also visit the Trent Bridge ticket office or call the ticket hotline (0844 8118711) during office hours.
Friends Life t20 Quarter-Final Ticket information
Notts Outlaws v Essex Eagles, Thursday 8 August, 7.10pm CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS
Buy before 4.30pm on Wednesday 7 August:
Members - Adults £15 / Under 16s £8 / Over 65s £8
Non-members - Adults £17 / Under 16s £9 / Over 65s £9 / families (2+2) £43
On the day:
Adults £20 / Over 65s £20 / Under 16s £10 / Families (2+2) £50