Peter Moores says the atmosphere at Trent Bridge was the best he’s experienced after 13,737 saw Notts Outlaws complete a dramatic victory over Yorkshire.
The three-run victory defending 148-7 sees Notts safely through to the quarter-finals.
However, the Head Coach believes the best is yet to come from his side as they head to Worcestershire on Wednesday targeting a place in the top two.
“The home quarter is the next goal. Worcester will be a tough game, but we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
“We are still yet to play our best cricket. There are two or three things we need to work on from this match.”
The Rapids inflicted an opening night victory upon the Outlaws at Trent Bridge back in July – a game that Moores believes has little relevance ahead of Wednesday’s encounter.
“They just got over the line that night, but we could have easily won that game,” he said.
“Our roles have become clearer - they always do throughout a tournament – and the side has changed a little bit too.
“Fletch (Luke Fletcher) has come in and done really well and getting Imad (Wasim) back will be good for the shape of the team.
“Generally, our squad is in a stronger, especially the batters as a number of them have scores under their belts now.”
Notts head to New Road buoyed by victory in a final over thriller against Yorkshire.
Harry Gurney successfully defended 12 off the final six balls after Luke Fletcher set up a grandstand finish with two wickets in the penultimate over of the game.
“It was a great finish,” said Moores. “With well over 13,000 people in attendance and the game going down to the wire, it was as good an atmosphere at Trent Bridge I have ever seen.
“Credit to Luke, both for his last over and for a full length, diving stop that saved four – and then Harry finished it off as we know he can.
“It was a great advert for cricket. A beautiful sunny day, the women (Loughborough v Lancashire) on before and one of those games that just kept ebbing and flowing.”
Although Moores believes Notts were under par at the halfway stage, he credited Joe Clarke (50) and Dan Christian (31 off 16) for dragging the Outlaws to a competitive total.
“I thought par was 160, so we were a little bit short, but we did really well to get 40-odd off the last three overs, which kept us competitive," he said.
“We struggled in the powerplay and in the first half of our innings overall. But in the back half of our innings we turned it around really nicely.
“Joe hung in there and it was crucial for us in the end.
“It was so hard to score at that time. You could see how hard he was trying to get it away and they had three spinners who made it very difficult.
“The fact we kept wickets in tact for the last seven or eight overs gave us a great chance to attack – and Dan Christian did what Dan Christian can do over the last three or four overs.”
There is just one further opportunity to catch the Outlaws in T20 group stage action at Trent Bridge this summer, with Durham the visitors under the Friday night lights on 30 August.