Glamorgan vs. Nottinghamshire: How and Where to Watch Yorkshire Bank 40 Final
The Yorkshire Bank 40 competition reaches its climax on Saturday with Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire set to do battle for the coveted trophy at Lord's.
Both teams will be making their first appearance in a Lord's one-day final for more than a decade, with Division One side Nottinghamshire the heavy favourites with all bookmakers to emerge victorious.
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Tickets for the showpiece final are still available via www.tickets.lords.org, but if you can't make it to West London then you can still catch all the action live on television.
TV: Sky Sports Ashes HD, 10.30 a.m. BST
Sky Sports will be broadcasting live from Lord's as Glamorgan return to the home of cricket for the first time since 2000, when they finished runners-up to Gloucestershire in the Benson and Hedges final.
The Welsh side, currently second from bottom in Division Two of the County Championship, have surprised fans and pundits alike with their run to the final of this year's competition.
They saw off last year's winners Hampshire by 31 runs in their semifinal, with star player Jim Allenby top-scoring with 74 and restricting the south coast side to just 18 runs in his eight overs.
Victory on Saturday would give Glamorgan their first domestic silverware for nine years, but standing in their way lies a Nottinghamshire side still hurting from defeat to Durham on Thursday.
Notts have not taken part in a Lord's final since way back in 1989, when they beat Essex by three wickets to lift the same trophy they'll be fighting for on Saturday.
Their chances will be boosted after the return of England Ashes heroes Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad to an already talented squad of international players.
Nottinghamshire sealed their spot in the final with a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Somerset last week and have been made 4-9 favourites with bookmakers, including Sky Bet and Bet365.
Saturday's final marks the 50th anniversary of the first limited-overs final staged at Lord's—the 1963 Gillette Cup, which Sussex won by just 14 runs against Worcestershire.
Fast-bowler Simon Jones believes his side's passion will surprise the favourites Nottinghamshire. He told ESPNcricinfo:
We're obviously the only Welsh team in the County Championship and it's something we're very proud of, once you put on a Glamorgan shirt it's something that you treasure. We play cricket with passion and I think that's a big key for us.
We've got the blend of youth and experience right in the team. We're not going to get giddy and go to Lord's with our heads swelling because that's the wrong way to approach a final.
We're going to go in there level-headed, prepare like we have and see where that takes us. We've got a lot of self-belief but we have the utmost respect for Nottinghamshire.
Although Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire may struggle to recreate the drama of the 2012 Yorkshire Bank 40 final—which Hampshire won by virtue of losing fewer wickets than Warwickshire after the scores were tied—Saturday's match looks certain to be an intriguing clash.
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