Counties set for Twenty20 finals day

August 26, 2011


Tomorrow, Edgbaston will host the FLT20 finals day which has fast become the highlight of the county cricket season.

The competition began on June 1st with 148 matches taking place between then and now. The four teams that will compete for the trophy tomorrow are Lancashire Lightning, Leicestershire Foxes, Hampshire Royals, and Somerset.

The first semi-final sees Lancashire and Leicestershire go head to head at 11am with the winner facing either Hampshire or Somerset in a final commencing at 6.45pm. The second semi-final is a repeat of last year’s final where Hampshire came out on top at The Rose Bowl.

If Leicestershire go all the way, it will be a fitting way for Paul Nixon to finish his long career. Leicestershire’s wicket-keeper retires from all cricket as of tomorrow. The Foxes will fancy their chances tomorrow, as history tells us that they are the only side to have won the competition more than once. Their victories came in 2004 and 2006.

Lancashire are the only side out of the three not to have won the competition before. In 2005 they were beaten in the final by Somerset at The Oval.

With Trescothick at the top of the innings, and Buttler and Pollard batting in the middle overs, Somerset will go into the day as slight favourites to lift the trophy. They will be desperate for some silverware this year after finishing runners up in all three county competitions last year.

Dominc Cork and Hampshire will be no push over though, as they are defending champions. They also have three of the best slow bowlers to call on in Shahid Afridi, Imran Tahir, and Danny Briggs.

With a full house expected we are in for some great cricket at Edgbaston tomorrow.

Chris Murtagh 26/08/2011

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