Samit Patel is at the heart of Notts Outlaws’ efforts to secure a home quarter-final in the NatWest T20 Blast.
His runs and wickets have been an important part of the county’s efforts to compete in all formats, and the resurgent Outlaws
“The boys are in a good place,” he said.
“We’re picking up wins at crucial times in the competitions. We’re top of the table in red-ball cricket, and looking for top spot in the T20.”
Leicestershire Foxes currently sit bottom of the North Group of the NatWest T20 Blast, but gave the Outlaws a run for their money earlier in the season. After being set a massive total of 221 to win, the Foxes were caught 24 runs short in their chase.
“They’re dangerous in this format,” said Patel.
“Greg Smith scored 100 against us, he’s one of a few excellent players. There’s obviously a lot of pressure, but I’d like to think we thrive on that.
“Being tasked with tying down the middle overs with Steven Mullaney is huge for us, those overs can make or break a match.”
Notts Outlaws have been perennial quarter-finalists in recent years, though have found a trip to Finals Day hard to come by. Patel is determined that this year will be different, with the Outlaws looking to cement their place in the competition’s knock-out stages.
“Home advantage is crucial,” he said.
“But in past years we haven’t put in a performance that has made it worthwhile. I think it’s about time we put in a good show.”
Patel’s contributions have been valuable not only with the bat, but with the ball, too. His spin has helped strangle sides, and slower bowling has been characteristic of the tournament thus far, with the likes of Jeetan Patel (Birmingham Bears) and Saeed Ajmal (Worcestershire Rapids) excelling.
“Spin wins a lot of T20 cricket,” said Patel.
“Matches home and away, and across the world are won by spin.
“In the World T20 Saeed Ajmal was one of the best players out there, and he’s been here in England playing too.”
Notts Outlaws NatWest T20 Blast fixture and ticket information:
v Leicestershire Foxes – Sunday 20 July 2.30pm BUY TICKETS