Jade Dernbach is aiming to win the Friends Life t20 for Surrey for the first time since the inaugural Finals Day in 2003.
The famous county have been a regular at the showpiece event and that was the stage where Dernbach at 19 years of age made his debut against Lancashire.
The right-arm fast bowler went for 52 runs in his four overs against Lancashire as Surrey lost in the final four stage. He has since turned into a t20 specialist and has racked up 23 appearances for England and is expected to feature against Australia later this summer.
Surrey made Finals Day in 2006 too, their fourth consecutive year and Dernbach is hoping it’s third time lucky.
“Our last finals day was at Nottingham and we played Notts and we got beat. I played in every game leading up to the semi-final then got left out but I do remember it.
“My debut was here at the Oval when we hosted finals day in 2005 against Lancashire so I’ve been unsuccessful two times so hopefully its third time lucky for me,” he told GiveMeSport.
Surrey will not be able to call upon Kevin Pietersen after the ECB decided against allowing him and England captain Alastair Cook featuring for their counties.
Dernbach says that is a loss but says confidence in the camp is high after a tough opening to the season.
“I don’t think you could ever say Kevin Pietersen coming into your 20/20 side would be disruptive. We would have welcomed him with open arms and it’s a shame he couldn’t be with us but I’m sure he’ll be there wishing the best for us, he’s a fantastic player and we’d have loved it.
“It has been a difficult start to the year but the 20/20 came at a perfect time for us at that half-way point of the season. Unfortunately we lost Chris Adams and Ian Salisbury but since Stewy (Alec Stewart) has come in all the boys have been really lifted and t20 does that to you anyway.
“Winning is a habit and we’ve got into that habit and winning a trophy on Saturday would do the boys confidence no end of good.”
Surrey’s number 16 plays a vital role in their t20 team by bowling the final overs which often proves to be the most productive for a batting side. His variety of slower balls as well as mixing up his pace and length gives him a strong skillset and he says he loves bowling ‘at the death’.
“It’s a challenge that I relish, I love doing and one that really excites me. I put my name forward all the time and there’s no time I wouldn’t shy away from doing that job.
“It’s the most important time of the game and I want to be that guy to help the team out. Figures don’t always tell the full picture but at the end of the day and over the course of a career that’s what you get judged on so for me I need to put that right.
“It’s also knowing the people that are involved with the job that I’m doing for the team are happy with it then that’s the most important thing.
“It’s a tough job but one I’ve put my name forward to do so I have to accept when it goes well and you get all the plaudits and also when it doesn’t go so well.”
Surrey play Hampshire at 2.30pm on Saturday which takes place after the first semi-final where Northamptonshire face Essex (11.30am) for a place in the 6.45pm final, all games are shown live on Sky Sports.
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