Yorkshire Bank 40 2013: Key Players in Glamorgan vs. Nottinghamshire Final

Joe StrangeContributor ISeptember 21, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jim Allenby of Glamorgan hits out during the Yorkshire Bank 40 Semi Final match between Hampshire and Glamorgan at Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground on September 07, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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The county cricket season is nearly over, but Saturday offers up the Yorkshire Bank 40 final—a showpiece one-day match at Lord's between Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan.

The Welsh side are underdogs with all bookmakers, but after defeating last year's winners Hampshire in their semi-final, they will be full of confidence heading into the limited-overs showdown.

Notts boast a squad with a number of international stars—although, as we saw last year when Hampshire beat Warwickshire via the very last ball, anything can happen.

Here's a look at some of the key players set to be involved at Lord's.

 

Jim Allenby, Glamorgan

A major figure in Glamorgan's run to the final, Jim Allenby has proved himself equally adept with bat and ball.

The Aussie all-rounder was his team's best performer against Hampshire in the last round, finishing not out on 74 runs —the highest score of any Glamorgan player.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jim Allenby of Glamorgan hits out during the Yorkshire Bank 40 Semi Final match between Hampshire and Glamorgan at Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground on September 07, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty
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He also produced the most economical return of any bowler, limiting the south-coast side to just 18 runs in his eight overs.

The 31-year-old could prove a major asset in both innings at Lord's.

 

Graeme Swann, Nottinghamshire

One of England's Ashes heroes, Graeme Swann, makes his return to county cricket following a brief rest after his exertions against Australia.

The off-spinner enjoyed a fine series with ball in hand and Notts fans will be hoping he can recapture his good form at the home of cricket.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Graeme Swann of England smiles during day five of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Kia Oval on August 25, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Lord's is well known for having a good wicket and Swann is sure to be given a key role in his side's bowling attack, particularly after his five-wicket haul against the Aussies at the same venue back in July.

If he's at his best, Swann has the ability to take the game away from Glamorgan by ripping through their top order.

 

Simon Jones, Glamorgan

Former England fast bowler Simon Jones will be looking to go out on a high after announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket other than Twenty20 after Saturday's final.

The 34-year-old, who terrorised Australia in the 2005 Ashes, still has the quality to trouble Nottinghamshire's best batsmen with the pace and accuracy of his deliveries.

TAUNTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26:  Glamorgan bowler Simon Jones in action during the Friends Life T20 match between Somerset and Glamorgan at the county ground  on June 26, 2011 in Taunton, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Jones is in confident mood ahead of the final, telling the Daily Mail:

It's always a good wicket at Lord's so we should have a great game. I know all sides say it but if we play to our best I know we can win.

The former Hampshire man is capable of finding lateral movement and will need to put on a show if he is to bow out with a trophy.