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always a

little extra



Lumb on Derbies

T20 cricket, Jake Ball’s beginnings

provide a more humble contrast.

Breaking first into the Notts Outlaws

side in 2013, capped by an impressive

4-13 against Somerset to propel his

side to theYorkshire Bank 40 final, he

has gone from strength to strength.

Now spearheading the county’s attack

across all formats, Ball’s development

has been under the constant gaze of

the Nottinghamshire Members and

supporters at Trent Bridge, and he’s

under no illusions as to the value of

the voracious backing they offer.

“Huge home support gives the team a

massive boost,” he says.

“The crowds are really good here,

we were the best outside of the

two London Clubs last year for

attendances and having the support

of everyone really does give the lads a

massive boost.

“We didn’t have the best tournament

last year but everyone kept getting

behind us and still came toTrent


thank them for that and

hope they can keep coming this year.

“It’s massive to get people in early,

if we can get as many families as

possible down here, they’re the future

of the


need to keep building

Notts’ fanbase and hopefully turn

them into die-hard cricket fans, and

Members here at Trent Bridge.

“I think over the last few years with

the IPL and the Big Bash, people see

T20 cricket more as a big spectacle

now, players could have a separate

T20 career travelling around the


“It gives a route in for the younger

cricketers, when it was first

introduced that was the case.

“T20 was seen as the lesser of the

competitions but now it is taken

extremely seriously from a player’s

perspective. It is probably one of the

highlights of the season, just for the

sheer number of people who come to

Trent Bridge to watch it.

“It gives them great exposure in

playing in high pressure games as

well,” he says.