Glamorgan vs. Nottinghamshire: Key Players to Watch in Saturday's Final
Glamorgan take on Nottinghamshire in the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition on Saturday, with the last title of the English summer up for grabs.
It has been 50 years since cup finals were introduced in cricket and Glamorgan remain the only first-class county not to have won a one-day title, per Telegraph.
They will be up against a star-studded Nottinghamshire side who have been made firm favourites with the bookmakers, per Oddschecker.
With Notts also welcoming back the England duo of Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad, they will also be greatly reinforced from their semifinal.
Which players are set to prove decisive at Lords?
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
The best Twenty20 batsmen in international cricket, per the Reliance ICC world rankings, Alex Hales will join regular England Twenty20 opening partner Michael Lumb at the top of the Nottinghamshire batting lineup.
The 24-year-old may only average 33.5 in limited overs cricket, per ESPNCricinfo, but his ability to consistently score at a strike-rate of a run per ball makes him a significant danger to Glamorgan's hopes if he can get going at Lord's.
Hales hit 94 off 61 balls at the end of August to help England to a Twenty20 victory over Australia and give an indication of his scoring ability.
He will have a big stage on which to shine at Lord's and must prove he is worthy of his current elevated status in the short form of the game.
Jim Allenby (Glamorgan)
Australian all-rounder Jim Allenby has proven invaluable to Glamorgan this summer and was a major factor in their semifinal success, scoring an unbeaten 74 and taking two wickets in victory over Hampshire.
Allenby may not be spectacular in the manner of Hales, but he is a consistent performer and, at 31, his experience should place him in good stead to perform on such a high-pressure occasion.
A right-arm medium pace bowler, he will likely take the new ball from one end and look to keep things tight for his side, with his excellent economy rate of 2.25 a major reason behind the county's semifinal success.
He won't set the world alight, but his solid contribution with bat and ball could lay the foundations for success.
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
After a summer competing for England in the Ashes and ICC Champions Trophy, tall pace bowler Stuart Broad returns to Nottinghamshire duty for Saturday's final.
At Test level, he has been in excellent form, taking 22 Ashes wickets to help England to success. That performance was quickly followed by a wicket apiece in two Twenty20 fixtures with Australia last month.
Broad has been resting since those exertions and will need to hit his stride quickly, but could be a major asset to Notts in their pursuit of cup success.
With his ability and experience, he could be a match winner for his side if he can take a couple of early wickets.
Simon Jones (Glamorgan)
Having announced his retirement from First Class and List A cricket at the end of the season, per ESPNCricinfo, Saturday's final offers England's 2005 Ashes hero one last hurrah in the 40-over game.
Jones has suffered with injury since the 2005 triumph and has never returned to previous levels, but his bowling average of 30 and strike rate of 39 mean that he remains a potentially important player in this format of the game, per ESPNCricinfo.
Can't wish Simon Jones anything but the best with his T20 plans for the future. So unlucky with fitness, but boy could he bowl at Test level— Dean Wilson (@CricketMirror) September 12, 2013
With his intention to become a Twenty20 freelancer in competitions around the world, he will be keen to seize this chance to impress and earn a lucrative contract to play in the 20-over game.
Back with his home county, he will be desperate to sign off his career by helping them to a first ever cup success.
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