THE JON LEWIS COLUMN: Familiar faces at finals day
6:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
TOMORROW is going to be a good day for Wiltshire cricket with four players involved in Twenty20 Finals Day.
James Vince, Liam Dawson and I all came up through the Wiltshire system, while Chris Wood is currently playing for Goatacre, and to have all four involved at Edgbaston shows they are obviously doing a good job in the county which is great to see.
I suppose Wiltshire isn’t really a county known for its cricket, but with Craig Miles now at Gloucestershire and guys like Roger Sillence who have played first class cricket in the past, the county have been reasonably successful at producing some fine cricketers.
There must be some good coaching going on and some good chances to play and some good facilities, because it doesn’t happen by accident so it’s good to see.
The other Wiltshire players are all in the Hampshire camp and they have been going pretty well this season.
They are the Twenty20 champions and they won our group, and I think they only lost once in the group stage which shows they are in a real good run of form and should be very confident.
They have a real good structure to the way they play their cricket, so we know we are in for a tough game in our semi-final.
We have played them twice before, though, and we have looked at our strategy and have some new tactics we want to implement throughout the game which I think will help us.
Anyone can win it on the day and we have some very fine cricketers in our side, so while Hampshire are favourites and have to deal with the pressure of that we have a real chance.
When they won it last year Hampshire were very much the underdogs going into the day, but being favourites this year brings a whole different set of challenges for them to deal with.
It will be a close run thing, but I do think the winner of our game will win the competition.
You have to have the fact you may have to play two games in a day at the back of your mind, but it has to be right at the back because you have to focus heavily on the first game because if you don’t win it you’re out and find yourself sitting in the bar with all the punters.
It’s a really good day, and I’ve played in two before and had a lot of fun, and it’s a great spectacle for any spectator because you will get three very tight games between four good teams.
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