Nottinghamshire news October 12, 2010

Jacob Ball signs with Nottinghamshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jacob Ball, the medium-pacer, who was part of the England Under-19 team at the World Cup earlier this year, has signed a two-year deal with Nottinghamshire. In his second game for the Notts, he grabbed 3-32 against Leicestershire in the domestic 40-over competition. His achievements also include a five-for against Sri Lanka in an Under-19 Test in Scarborough in July this year.

"This contract means everything to me because it shows that the work that I have put in over the past couple of years has helped to push my case," Ball said. "Spending last winter in Australia really helped me to improve my strength and conditioning and my bowling technique and I want to keep progressing at Notts."

Ball, 19, is the nephew of former England and Notts wicketkeeper Bruce French. "Jake has made good progress and his selection for England Under 19s earlier this year demonstrates that he is one to watch," said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.