Steven Mullaney believes that, when Notts Outlaws take the field against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, they’ll do so with 11 match-winners in their ranks.
Buoyed by victories over Lancashire Lightning and Derbyshire Falcons in the opening stages of the competition, the captain has been heartened to see different players stepping up with game defining performances across the two matches.
“We talk a lot about individuals taking responsibility for getting the win,” said Mullaney.
“We know we bat deep and that we’ve got some real quality and experience with the ball, but it’s about getting it done yourself and not leaving it for the next man.
“If you look across the two games, we’ve seen that different people can turn a game in our favour.
“The win against Lancashire was setup by Joe Clarke scoring a brilliant hundred. At Derby it was Ben Slater went on and made a significant score when it mattered.
“Tom Moores has been in seriously powerful form across both matches and it was nice for me to be there at the end against Derbyshire.
“With the ball, Patto (James Pattinson) was unreal against Lancashire. Every time we got desperate for a wicket, he steamed in and got one for us.
“Then yesterday it was Fletch (Luke Fletcher) and Jake Ball who closed the innings out and did a really good job, restricting Derbyshire to far less than it might have been.
“All 11 players that take the field for us can be match-winners on their day – and that’s a great position to be in.”
Two wins from two matches see the Outlaws sitting in second place in the north group behind Durham.
Warwickshire took a point from a dramatic tie against Yorkshire before losing out to a Jason Holder inspired Northamptonshire by 194-runs on Easter Sunday.
Each team plays eight matches in the competition with the first placed side qualifying automatically for the semi-finals, while those who finish second and third will play-off for the right to join them.
“We know Warwickshire are a dangerous side, one we’ve had some battles with in all formats in recent years, but we go there full of confidence, added Mullaney.
“It’s great to start the tournament with two wins, but it counts for nothing if we don’t back it up for the rest of the competition starting on Tuesday.”
Nottinghamshire have named an unchanged squad for the trip to Edgbaston.
Alex Hales has made himself unavailable for selection for personal reasons and no timetable has been set for his return to action, while Paul Coughlin remains absent with a finger injury.
Notts Outlaws 14-man squad to face Warwickshire: Jake Ball, Matthew Carter, Zak Chappell, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Luke Fletcher, Jake Libby, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney (c), Chris Nash, Samit Patel, James Pattinson, Ben Slater, Luke Wood.
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