Peter Moores has spoken of how much his young squad can benefit from the experience of repeated exposure to first-team white-ball cricket, following the Outlaws' defeat to Derbyshire.
Notts ultimately succumbed by 41 runs in a clash reduced to 27 overs per side, their second defeat of the List A campaign.
“I think the speed we learn the lessons from games like this is going to be key,” began the Head Coach.
“We’ve lost quite a few players, but those that are here have played some beautiful cricket so far.
“Seeing the younger players getting exposure to white-ball cricket is one of the bonuses of this tournament.”
One such player is Liam Patterson-White, and the all-rounder claimed career-best List A bowling and batting statistics in Derby.
Moores hailed the 22-year-old's attitude as crucial in helping him make an impact in the early weeks of his first-team career in the white-ball game.
“Liam’s a really good cricketer,” said Moores. “He’ll want more from himself, as he does all the time, but he’s had a fantastic year so far.
“We’ve got our expectations for Liam, both with bat and ball, so it’s nice to see him getting a chance out there in both of those disciplines.”
Patterson-White was able to show off his array of hitting as the Outlaws participated in a reduced-overs game after a delayed start.
And the spinner was involved as captain Peter Trego completed a spectacularly memorable piece of fielding.
With Derbyshire on 189 for five in the 23rd over of their innings, Fynn Hudson-Prentice looked to hit Patterson-White over mid-off, but succeeded only in seeing the ball pouched by a flying Trego above his left shoulder.
“Pete is an entertainer,” smiled Moores when asked about that moment. “He leads from the front, and he’s certainly the youngest 40-year-old I’ve ever met!”
“He loves life, he gets stuck in, and having him as captain is great for this group of players because he backs himself and he backs them.
“Whether he’s batting, bowling, or fielding, he’s going to give it everything he’s got, and everyone’s all the better for having him around.”
Trego is midway through his first List A campaign as captain, and he next leads his charges on another outground adventure.
The Outlaws will head north to York on Friday, for a game which Moores expects to be keenly fought.
“The next few games are going to be tight, but we always knew the competition as a whole was going to be tight,” said Moores.
“We will put today behind us, and we’ll look forward to the challenge of Yorkshire on Friday.”