Jake Libby is relishing the chance to quieten a partisan Yorkshire crowd as Notts Outlaws make a quickfire return to Vitality Blast action at Headingley this evening.
Notts have named a 14-man squad for the trip north, with seamer Zak Chappell added to the party.
Notts squad: Jake Ball, Matt Carter, Zak Chappell, Dan Christian (c), Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Jake Libby, Tom Moores, Chris Nash, Samit Patel and Luke Wood.
Libby hit a crucial 30 last year as the Outlaws cruised to an eight-wicket victory in Leeds, and the Cornishman feels the green and golds will be boosted by that display.
“It’s always good fun playing at Leeds, and they certainly get stuck into you when you’re fielding on the boundary!” said Libby.
“You can either choose to ignore them or get involved, but I tend to give them a bit of a wave – it’s all good entertainment, which is what T20 is all about.
“We managed to put in a good performance and win last year, so we’ll take confidence from that into tonight.”
The clash comes less than 24 hours after Notts suffered a reverse at the hands of the Worcestershire Rapids in their tournament-opener, but Libby feels the quick turnaround can be a positive.
“The T20 almost seems to creep up on you, then you have two games at once, but I think it’s a good thing for us,” confirmed the 26-year-old.
“We won’t carry too much baggage into tonight, and it gives us the chance to get over last night quickly. If anything, the boys will be even hungrier to get a result.
“It wasn’t a terrible performance against Worcestershire by any stretch of the imagination, but we weren’t quite up to it.
“We’re treating these first two games in isolation, so a win tonight is important.”
The Outlaws were heartily backed for their first T20 game of the season, with a crowd of over 12,500 turning out to show their support.
And Libby admitted the side love performing at a packed Trent Bridge under lights.
“It’s always special playing in front of so many fans at home,” he said.
“You can really feel the crowd, and the ground has a completely different intensity when it’s full.
“We get great support, and it was a shame not to give them the win last night.”
Following a bumper crowd of 12,613 for the opening fixture against the Worcestershire Rapids, there are six further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer.