After seeing of the Warwickshire Bears last night, making it four YB40 wins out of four, Nottinghamshire face The Netherlands at Trent Bridge this weekend. Director of cricket Mick Newell is well aware of the task ahead of his unbeaten Outlaws on Sunday.
“The Netherlands are going to be a very different proposition to Warwickshire, they’re a team that we haven’t played while I’ve been here, a largely unknown proposition,” he said.
“Last year they did very well, they progressed through the tournament and saw off a couple of counties.”
He added: “I know they didn’t make it all the way to the final, but it’s certainly going to be interesting.”
Notts currently top YB40 Group A after earlier wins against Northants, Worcestershire and Kent and will face a Netherlands side still without a win in this year’s tournament.
“There will be no room for complacency at our end,” said Newell.
“I think the way that we’ve been approaching, and winning the fixtures we have faced will breed confidence, not complacency.”
This is Notts’ best start in any one-day season since 1976, where they won their first seven. While the record is in the Outlaws’ sights, Newell is keen to keep a little perspective on the side’s current position.
“It has been an excellent start, but there’s a long way to go yet before we can consider ourselves on top of this tournament,” he said.
“A lot can change over the coming months but we need to make the most of the position we’re in at the moment.”
It’s a tournament we intend to continue taking very seriously, and we’ll be fielding as close to the side that we did against Warwickshire as we can on Sunday, it would be silly not to.
The Outlaws suffered an enforced change ahead of the Warwickshire fixture, with Andy Carter withdrawing in the final stage of the warm up with a back spasm, but Newell is confident of his inclusion this weekend.
“Andy Carter will be our twelfth man at this stage, we’ll assess him over the weekend,” he said.
“Ajmal came in and did an excellent job. He has come to the county looking to play in all forms of the game, and his contribution yesterday was good, justifying his inclusion.”
“He’s been finding his feet over the past few weeks at a new club, and we’re starting to see what he’s capable of now.”
Notts Outlaws team to face The Netherlands: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Riki Wessels, Chris Read (c), Steven Mullaney, Graeme White, Ajmal Shahzad, Jacob Ball, Harry Gurney (Twelfth man: Andy Carter)
Netherlands (from): Peter Borren (c), Wesley Barresi. Tom Cooper, Daan van Bunge, Mudassar Bukhari, Tom de Grooth, Tom Heggelman, Ahsan Malik, Paul van Meekeren, Stephan Myburgh, Pietar Seelar, Michael Swart, Dom Michael.
Notts Outlaws v The Netherlands - Sunday 26 May 1.45pm at Trent Bridge
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