Chris Nash Delights in Match-Winning T20 Return
Chris Nash has spoken of his joy at turning in a man-of-the-match performance in Notts Outlaws’ Vitality Blast quarter-final win over Middlesex.
Nash hit an unbeaten 74 in his first T20 appearance of the season as he and Alex Hales formed a record-breaking opening partnership to guide the Outlaws to a ten-wicket victory.
The right-hander had previously told the Club’s behind-the-scenes documentary All In of his hurt at being left out of the Outlaws side and his determination to take any chance that came his way.
In this week’s latest instalment of the series, Nash gave his immediate reaction after grabbing his opportunity with both hands.
“It means the world to me,” he said.
“I played one [T20] game last year, got nought, dropped a catch and dislocated my shoulder.
“I didn’t know where that would leave me, and to not play in the group games this year was hard work, but it’s all worth it tonight.
“You want to make an impact if you’re going to come in for a big game, so that was my target: to stick my chest out and give it a real hot go.
“I just said to myself ‘I’m gonna go for it’, and whatever happens happens.”
Episode ten also takes viewers inside the Outlaws’ huddle in the moments before the crucial knockout tie, as skipper Dan Christian gives an inspirational address to his troops.
“Everyone’s contributed to get us here,” said Christian.
“So, when we’re under the pump tonight, whoever’s got the ball in their hand or the bat in their hand, you know you can grab the game by the balls with the confidence of every bloke who’s standing around you.”
Elsewhere in the latest episode, Assistant Head Coach Paul Franks lauds the performance of the entire Outlaws XI as they reflect in the dressing room on reaching their third Finals Day in four years.
“I thought today was what we’ve been looking for, but ironically we’d stopped looking for it,” he said.
“We talked about trying to find the perfect performance throughout the group stage. We didn’t talk about it today because all that matters is the result, but then we found it today.
“I thought the work we did pre-match put them (Middlesex) to shame, the energy we put into that set us off on a really good footing.
“We were outstanding from ball one, we set the tone, and it was another excellent batting display in front of another very good crowd, who’ve been royally entertained.
“You should rightly be proud.”
Opening batsman Alex Hales, meanwhile, disclosed his approach to T20 batting, and discussed his excitement at the prospect of a tilt at winning the Blast for a second time.
“The biggest thing for me is to be instinctive,” said the 30-year-old.
“We always say to each other ‘whatever decision you make, make sure you do it 100%’ because more often than not you’re going to get the right result.
“Sometimes it backfires and you’re going to look like a clown, but as long as you know in your gut that you went with the right choice, I can live with that.
“I’d love to win it [the Blast] again, and looking around the team, it’s certainly the best T20 team I’ve been involved with.
“We’ve got a lot of experience now, and a quality captain in Dan. Hopefully we can do something special.”
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