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Seamer Jake Ball signs one-year contract extension with Nottinghamshire

Jake Ball: made just one first-class appearance so far in his career

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Jake Ball has agreed to extend his stay at Trent Bridge, signing a new one-year contract with Nottinghamshire.

The 21-year-old seamer has so far made just one first-class appearance but did play more regularly for the Outlaws in limited-overs cricket, finishing the summer with five wickets in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

A former England under 19 international, Ball was named Nottinghamshire's Young Player of the Year at their end-of-season awards.

"Jake has improved immeasurably over the last two seasons and we feel that there is still more to come from him," said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

"He still has time to develop but he's at the age now where performance counts and his returns in limited overs cricket will be very important."

Ball, who is the nephew of former Nottinghamshire wicket keeper Bruce French, said: "I felt more comfortable in the CB40 last season and I want to ensure that I do myself justice next season.

"I'm generating more pace and I feel that I have enough control to impress during pre-season and force my way into Mick's selection."