Moores Excited To Face Lightning
Tom Moores is looking forward to catching up with some former team-mates on Friday evening, when Notts Outlaws travel to Manchester to face Lancashire Lightning in the NatWest T20 Blast competition.
The 20-year old wicketkeeper-batsman was given his first taste of senior cricket when he spent a brief period on loan at Old Trafford last season, making two county championship, four one-day and six T20 appearances for the Red Rose county.
Moores has now been given a further chance to show what he can do by being given an extended run in the Outlaws side for this season’s T20 competition. Naturally, he’s enjoying his cricket immensely and looking forward to facing Lancashire for the first time.
“I think it’s going to be an interesting game,” he said. “I’m focused on just winning, it doesn’t matter who the opposition are or who you are playing against. When you step over the line there’s no mates.
“We’ll be looking to turn up as a team, turn them over and get the job done but I’m just buzzing for every game, I can’t wait.”
Moores was at the crease on Wednesday evening as the Outlaws’ three-match winning streak was ended by Worcestershire but the youngster feels it was just a blip.
“Frustrating is probably the right word to describe that match but T20 can go that way. The game got away from us and we left ourselves too much to do at the end. We bat all the way down and back ourselves to chase anything, so I’m sure we’ll get back on the winning trail quickly.”
Notts required a staggering 49 from only 14 balls when Moores arrived at the crease late on Wednesday evening but he gave it a go, blasting an unbeaten 26 from only nine deliveries, clubbing three enormous sixes along the way.
“I thrive on trying to hit boundaries, that is the way I like to play my cricket,” explained the former England Under 19 international. “I’d like to have had a bit more of a crack at it but I’m happy with the way I’m striking the ball. In this competition it’s never over until the last ball so you’ve always got to believe you can win, regardless of what you need.”
Son of Notts supremo Peter Moores, Tom was given some valuable experience last season by another of the games’ senior head coaches.
“I can’t thank Lancashire enough for giving me that chance. Ashley Giles took me on loan last year and gave me that chance and up to that point it was the best thing that had happened in my career. It stood me in good stead because it now means I’m coming into this tournament with Notts with the experience of having played in some big games before.
“Now, though, I’m fully focused on being a Notts player, through and through, and we’ll go there trying to dominate and win the game.”
Club captain Chris Read won’t be around to witness the contest, with the veteran gloveman returning to his old stomping ground to play Minor Counties cricket for Devon this weekend. Moores said that he can’t praise his mentor enough for the advice that has been passed on.
“Working with Ready has been phenomenal for me, as a young ‘keeper. He has helped me massively and my keeping has improved so much in the last two weeks of working with him every day. I can’t thank him enough and I feel very lucky having him around to guide me through.”
The Outlaws have selected the same starting eleven for each of the last four matches and are expected to take the same squad of 14 players to Old Trafford:
Dan Christian (captain), Alex Hales, Riki Wessels, Brendan Taylor, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney, Tom Moores (wicketkeeper), Luke Wood, Ish Sodhi, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney, Brett Hutton, Matt Carter, Billy Root.
Notts Outlaws play Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford on tomorrow evening at 6.30pm.
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