Yorkshire Bank 40 final: Samit Patel believes Nottinghamshire's quality will prevail
Samit Patel is certain Nottinghamshire have enough quality to see off Glamorgan in the Yorkshire Bank 40 final.
By Alex Williams
Last Updated: 19/09/13 10:45am
Patel's side go into the domestic one-day showpiece at Lord's as the big favourites having finished top of Group A and thrashed Somerset in the semi-finals.
In Patel and James Taylor they have two of the top five run-scorers in the competition so far this year, while England duo Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann will return to bolster their bowling attack.
But Nottinghamshire have not won a domestic final at Lord's since 1989 and Patel is relishing the chance to represent his county at the home of cricket in such a high-profile game.
"I've never been to a Lord's final, so it's going to be a great day," the 28-year-old told Sky Sports.
"Players that have played in Lord's finals will know exactly what it feels like. Hopefully we can get a win, but Glamorgan have played some good cricket.
"We know they're a good team, you don't play bad cricket and get to a final.
"We (will) respect them but I think our team, on paper, is stronger. If we turn up and play the brand of cricket we can, we know we're going to win the game."
Nottinghamshire's schedule ahead of the final is less than ideal, with their LV= County Championship match at Durham set to finish the day before.
The Outlaws, who have not yet ensured their Division One safety for next year, plan on flying down from the North East on Friday evening. Patel, though, has played down any fears of fatigue.
He added: "If we can't get up to stave off relegation then nothing is going to get us up. Then we've got a final on Saturday, and if a final doesn't get you going then I don't know what will."
Despite being in good form domestically - averaging over 50 in the YB 40 - Patel was overlooked for England selection for both the ICC Champions Trophy and the one-day series against Australia this year.
After being given plenty of international playing time last summer and on the winter tours of India and New Zealand, the right-hander has made no secret of his shock at being left out and is hoping to give the selectors a reminder this weekend.
He added: "I was very surprised, to be honest. I was surprised and I thought I deserved to be in the squad, but that's just the way it goes.
"I think that consistency was what they wanted and they thought I couldn't deliver the consistency at that level. Hopefully county cricket has put me back in the frame."
Samit Patel was speaking ahead of the Yorkshire Bank 40 final at Lord's Saturday 21st September. Tickets for this great family day out are available from tickets.lords.org