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Ben Slater Pens Three-Year Deal With Notts

Ben Slater Pens Three-Year Deal With Notts
Ben Slater Pens Three-Year Deal With Notts
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Opening batter Ben Slater has extended his contract at Trent Bridge until the end of the 2025 season.

The 31-year-old has established himself at the top of the order in four-day and 50-over cricket since arriving towards the end of 2018 season.

Over that time, he has scored just shy of 4,000 all-format runs, including an average of 63.44 in 21 List A fixtures.

Slater was named Nottinghamshire’s Championship Player Of The Year in 2020, and Royal London Cup Player Of The Year in 2021.

“It’s been great to really settle into a role over the last few years; it’s something that I strived for over a long period, and my game has definitely seen the benefit,” Slater said.

“I feel confident going out to the crease, I know my own strengths as well as I ever have, and have faith in my ability to make match winning contributions in red and white-ball cricket.

“The process of tweaking and improving never changes. I’ve still got a lot to give, and I am working hard to be back stronger in 2023, but I am grateful to be at Notts where I have been given the backing to deliver at the top of the order.

“I have formed a nice partnership opening with Hass in particular, and I like to think I compliment all the lads in the top order, whether that’s Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke or Lyndon James, with the way we all approach the game.

“That has brought success for us over the last couple of years, and everyone feels confident that, as a squad, we have the ability to keep developing over the next few seasons.”

Having made the switch from Derbyshire just over four years ago, Slater has yielded impressive returns in Green and Gold.

Across his four year spell at Trent Bridge, he has hit six centuries and ten fifties in First Class cricket, with a further two tons and ten half-centuries in List A format.

The left-hander has also appeared four times for the Outlaws in T20 cricket, making his debut against Leicestershire Foxes in 2021, steering his side to victory with a 31-ball 48.

“Opening the batting can be a tough job in English conditions and it takes a certain mental toughness to take in the challenge when things are heavily in the bowlers favour,” Peter Moores said.

“With that in mind, it’s credit to Ben that’s he’s still managed to be one of our most consistent performers over recent seasons across formats.

“His List A record is as good as anyone’s around - he has continually played a positive brand of cricket that has allowed us to get out the gates, and when given the opportunity he has performed in T20 cricket.

“Importantly he’s a fantastic team man. Always there for any of his teammates and totally committed in the field, however many sessions he's out there.

“I know he’s looking forward to the challenges that the First Division will throw up next year and, like all of us, he is keen to get going.”