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going hard at the other end, I can give

him the strike and just watch one of

the best players in the world go about

his natural game.”

Mansfield-born Jake Ball is no

stranger to Nottinghamshire’s

sporting rivalries. During Notts

Outlaws’ thrilling last-ball victory over

the Derbyshire Falcons last summer,

Jake took the ball for the penultimate

six deliveries and provided an

exhibition in death bowling to help

his side seal victory.

“There isn’t much of a better feeling

than running out in front of a packed

house at Trent Bridge, the Derbyshire

game last year was one of the

highlights of my career,” he says.

“It was a tight game and to come out

on top with what felt like a sellout

crowd, it was quite a surreal moment.

“There are two styles of bowling

within each match, towards the back

end of the innings you really look to

hit yourYorkers and slower balls. It

can be really difficult under pressure.”

Whether it’s the Outlaws against

the Falcons or Foxes, or the Sydney

Sixers against the Thunder in the

Big Bash, Lumb is a veteran of the

derby match.There’s still a twinkle

in his eyes when being drawn on the


“There’s always a little bit of spice

involved,” he says, with a wry smile.

Jake Ball could well break into

England’s side this summer



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