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Full name Jacob Timothy Ball
Born March 14, 1991, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Current age 23 years 136 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||Somerset v Nottinghamshire at Taunton, May 4-7, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove, Sep 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Horsham, Jul 27, 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|
|6*, 2/61||Notts||v Sussex||Horsham||27 Jul 2014||LA|
|3/38||Notts||v Yorkshire||Leeds||25 Jul 2014||T20|
|1/42, 2/72||Notts 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Birmingham||15 Jul 2014||Other|
|14*, 2/58||Notts 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Birmingham||14 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|2/43||Notts 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Worksop||23 Jun 2014||Other OD|
|12, 0/8||Notts||v Somerset||Taunton||4 May 2014||FC|
|1, 1/42, 2/12||Notts 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Nottingham||23 Apr 2014||Other|
|10, 2/31, 0, 2/44||Notts||v Lancashire||Nottingham||6 Apr 2014||FC|
|31, 2/11||Notts||v Oxford MCCU||Oxford||1 Apr 2014||FC|
|4/36, 15||Notts 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Market Warsop||11 Sep 2013||Other OD|
Jake Ball, a 23-year-old right-arm seamer, has long been predicted as a bowler with a bright future, but he reached the end of the 2013 season still awaiting his Championship debut. He did have a wonderful memory from 2013 to sustain him, however, in the semifinal of the YB40. 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.
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