Peter Moores lauded the efforts of Academy duo Fateh Singh and debutant Sammy King despite a difficult day in Cardiff for the Green and Golds.

In a clash reduced to 23 over per side, Notts were challenged by impressive bowling on a pitch which offered movement, and Glamorgan's decision to field first paid dividends with the Outlaws restricted to 73. 

“We didn’t play well enough,” Moores said. 

“It was a tough pitch and it became two paced, so it was difficult. We lost early wickets and, credit to Glamorgan, they bowled well. 

“We have only managed one complete 50 overs-a-side game, which is frustrating because the format is a great way to test players in different ways. 

“There is a great bit of aggression normally up front in the first powerplay, then there is a time to accumulate to set up a finish, you need depth in your attack and depth in your batting.” 

Singh was making just his second first-team appearance for the club, while King was forced into action as a concussion substitute following the retirement of Lyndon James who was struck in the helmet by a steepling bouncer.

The pair contributed 32 of total runs amassed, the highlight of which was Singh dismantling Michael Hogan for consecutive boundaries in the 16th over. His three overs then went for just nine runs.

“Credit has to go to both of them,” Moores said. 

“Sam wouldn’t have expected to play, but held his own and it was great for him to make List A debut and Fateh, at 17-years-old, to bat and bowl the way he did showed he has real presence. 

“He loves playing the game, he wants to be out there. He struck it really well, and he showed why we like him as a cricketer. It is exciting for them, it is a good experience, and the way they rose to the challenge spoke volumes.”

Moores has overseen the introduction of several Academy graduates into the first team during his tenure as Head Coach, and praised the efforts of Elite Pathway Manager Matt Wood for the return of homegrown talent. 

The likes of James, Liam Patterson-White and Joey Evison have all risen through the ranks to achieve first team success.

“We have had a lot of lads coming through,” he said 

“We have got some who have come through who are now playing in The Hundred, and credit has to go to Matt Wood and his coaching team for that. 

“We have tried to get a system where we have nurtured our own. Naturally, we have to bring players in sometimes, because we lost a lot three or four years ago, but we are seeing our own coming through now and that is great.”

Following the loss to the Outlaws’ chances of knock-out qualification will rely on results elsewhere, with three teams sat above them and more teams still to play their penultimate group stage game. 

For Moores, though, the approach to Tuesday’s clash against Northamptonshire at Grantham is unaffected.

“Nothing changes for me,” he admitted.

“Whether we have a chance to qualify or not, it makes no difference to how I tackle the game. It is a great opportunity to play List A cricket, and we will go hard against them. 

“We have enjoyed the competition so far, and it is another chance for players at first team level to show what they have got.”