Notts Outlaws return to Trent Bridge for their penultimate Friends Life t20 group stage fixture this Friday against Yorkshire knowing that a win ensures them a place in the quarter finals.
Their opponents have found the group difficult, and currently sit in bottom place, but the Vikings will be arriving in Nottingham keen to spoil the Outlaws’ party.
“That can be a dangerous situation,” said bowler Jake Ball.
“Yorkshire will be coming here with nothing to lose, they could well come out and attempt to hit everything for six.
“What we need to do is make sure we’re focus and execute our skills so that we knock them out of the game early on.”
Ball has played a significant role in the Outlaws’ attack thus far, and claimed the only wicket in Tuesday’s rain-affected defeat against Derbyshire. In a tournament where two overs can be the difference between a win and loss, loose deliveries come at a premium.
“Disciplined bowling is massively important,” he said.
“I think that across the six games so far we’ve done well, if we get on top of teams early on, they tend to fold.
“That’s one big thing that as a bowling unit we’re going to work on today, and tomorrow morning."
The Outlaws currently sit second in the Friends Life t20 North Group, and will return to the summit with a victory over Yorkshire, a quarter final guaranteed. Ball is keen to see his side do one better and achieve the two victories required to host the game at Trent Bridge.
“Last year my first t20 game was the quarter final. It was a big game for me, and a big learning curve,” said Ball.
“It looks like the weather is going to hold out, there looks to be a big crowd coming, and hopefully a performance to match.
“We do t20 matches really well at Trent Bridge, and the whole atmosphere is tremendous.
“It’s good for the players when there’s a big crowd and they get behind you, it does give you a lift."
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Notts Outlaws Friends Life t20 matches at Trent Bridge
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