Sol Budinger feels that engaging in a battle of wits with Worcestershire's batters was key to his success during his first stint with the ball in county cricket.
The 22-year-old sent down four overs of off-spin in the Outlaws’ five-wicket win at New Road, claiming the scalps of Moeen Ali and Kashif Ali at a cost of 21 runs – and he admitted that the mental side of the contest was one he relished.
“As a batter primarily, when I bowl I just try to do the things that I know would annoy me if I was stood at the other end,” he said.
“Whether it’s changing my run-up, my action or where I deliver the ball from, I’m just looking to do the little things that might get in the batter’s head and put them off.
“It might work out or it might not, but it’s good to try something.
“I'm always bowling at the likes of Alex Hales, Joe Clarke and Ben Duckett in the nets, so you learn a lot about your tactics and you grow as a player.
“It wasn’t always part of the plan for me to come on, but they had two left-handers on strike so Mull gave me the nod.
“I was ready and I knew my field, so I just went out there and backed myself. And it’s not too bad to claim Moeen as my first wicket!”
Budinger enjoyed a productive afternoon with the bat too, striking 24 runs from 12 deliveries as Notts galloped through the Powerplay.
And the left-hander claims the clarity provided by the more senior players in the dressing room gave him the freedom to attack the hosts’ bowlers.
“That’s just the way we play cricket – to go out there and be aggressive,” he said.
“DC, Mull and all the other lads just tell me to go out and play my way, and that takes the pressure off.
“When you’re batting in the powerplay with only two people outside the circle, you’ve just got to back your ability and take a see-ball, hit-ball approach.
“Alex is so good to bat with too. He talks me through the game, but he knows that whoever he’s batting with has the ability to play for Notts, so we can all be trusted to do our jobs.”
Budinger’s fourth consecutive appearance of the campaign brought the Outlaws’ fourth successive victory – and while qualification for the quarter-finals was ultimately a whisker out of reach, the Academy graduate insists the attitude in the Notts dressing room never wavered.
“After running drinks in the first half of the campaign, it’s been good to be able to contribute towards the back end of the group stages,” he said.
“The lads always want to win; there’s never going to be a game where we go out there with any other intention than that, regardless of the situation in the group.
“To finish on a high for our own supporters at Trent Bridge was important, and it was just as important to finish the competition on a high here as well.”