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Full name Jacob Timothy Ball
Born March 14, 1991, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Current age 23 years 259 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|First-class debut||Marylebone Cricket Club v Nottinghamshire at Abu Dhabi, Mar 27-29, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Nottingham, Sep 9-12, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove, Sep 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Durham v Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street, Sep 6, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Lancashire v Nottinghamshire at Manchester, Jul 10, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Leeds, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/73, 2, 0||Notts||v Yorkshire||Nottingham||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|0/85, 11*||Notts||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||6 Sep 2014||LA|
|2/48, 12, 3/60, 20||Notts||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|1/35||Notts||v Derbyshire||Nottingham||26 Aug 2014||LA|
|1, 0/39||Notts||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||12 Aug 2014||LA|
|1/20||Notts||v Kent||Nottingham||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|56, 0/32||Notts 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Gosforth||4 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|6*, 3/57||Notts||v Somerset||Nottingham||29 Jul 2014||LA|
|6*, 2/61||Notts||v Sussex||Horsham||27 Jul 2014||LA|
|3/38||Notts||v Yorkshire||Leeds||25 Jul 2014||T20|
Jake Ball's biggest impact in the early part of his Nottinghamshire career came in the semifinal of the YB40 in 2013 when he took 4 for 25, his best figures in senior cricket, as Somerset were beaten by some distance. Ball missed the final because of a back injury but could at least watch with satisfaction from afar as Notts brished aside Glamorgan to claim their fist piece of one-day silverware for more than 20 years.
The nephew of Bruce French, the former Nottinghamshire and England wicket-keeper, Ball is a former England Under-19 international. He made his Nottinghamshire debut at the end of the 2009 season, against Sussex in a Pro40 match at Hove. Bowling right-arm medium-pace, he claimed Rory Hamilton-Brown as his first senior wicket but when he batted he was out first ball as Dwayne Smith completed a hat-trick.
He played in two Under-19 Test matches in 2010, taking 5 for 64 in the second innings against Sri Lanka at Scarborough, to set up an England win. He made his first class debut for Nottinghamshire in the Champion County v MCC match in Abu Dhabi in March 2011, taking 3 for 72 in the second innings. Most of his county cricket so far has been in the 40-over format, in which he impressed enough in 2012 to be named Nottinghamshire's Young Player of the Year and be awarded a one-year contract extension.
He did manage four Championship matches in 2014 as he finally won an opportunity in the longer format but his season was disrupted by a broken foot.
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