YB40 Final: Glamorgan and Notts aim to end one-day title drought
Glamorgan and Notts are desperate to prove a point after finally returning to Lord's, says Mark Butcher.
Last Updated: 10/09/13 11:28am
They'll be joined at HQ by the Outlaws, who secured a place in their first domestic one-day final since 1989 by thrashing Somerset by eight wickets at Trent Bridge. Report
Former England batsman Butcher, who won five one-day trophies with Surrey between 1996 and 2003, and fellow Sky Cricket pundit Bob Willis said that both sides will be desperate to finally get their hands on limited-overs silverware.
"Glamorgan have played some really good white ball cricket this year," reflected Butcher.
"They've surpassed themselves in terms of Twenty20 and the YB40 has gone incredibly well for them, and their Championship performances have also looked up as well, although they are probably not going to be promoted.
"So it has been a very fine season for them and they'll be very much looking forward to their outing at Lord's."
But former England paceman Willis said that in Nottinghamshire, who bowled Somerset out for just 119 in 25.4 overs, Glamorgan face a county determined to finally get over the line.
"Nottinghamshire have got so close so often - they've always done very well in the qualifying stages of these one-day tournaments but when it has got to the knockout stages they've found some way of losing," he said.
"But they turned in a thoroughly professional performance; they completely out-manoeuvred Somerset from the moment that the coin went down the wrong way for the visitors.
"I thought Jake Ball (4-25) did very well; the new ball pairing of him and Harry Gurney did a great job for them. Ball sorted out very early for a young man the length to bowl on this pitch.
"Later on we saw Somerset try to win the match by bowling short but for the most part Notts kept the ball right up there and that proved very valuable when he ended up on a hat-trick."
Ball was named man of the match but Butcher was quick to point out the input of Steven Mullaney, who bagged 3-35 off seven overs.
"It was a stunning performance by Notts - a demolition," he reflected. "The new ball worked perfectly - they took wickets with the new ball, Mullaney was excellent through the middle and Ball was superb at the death.
"The batting did what it does - they came out and put the opposition under extreme pressure with magnificent shot-making. Somerset might as well have not got off the bus today because it was a bad, bad day for them.
"If you are going to give the opposition a chance to bat first on what was a pretty decent pitch, the one thing you have to do is take wickets. They got a wicket in the very first over and from there on in - apart from a little bit of a barrage from Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego - they kept on taking wickets.
"It was a hopeless performance from Somerset, really. You don't like to say that about a professional outfit but they would come here thinking about Lord's and really they didn't show up."
Watch the YB40 Final between Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire from 11am on Sky Sports 2 on Saturday 21 September.