The showpiece final of the county summer is here. This day so often provides us with absorbing displays of cricket, and we will expect no less as Durham take on Warwickshire to try and deny them their second trophy this season and win the ultimate prize themselves.
All through the season have we seen some excellent performances courtesy of some of the finest young prospects in the domestic circuit. Sam Billings, the Kent lad who was in a league of his own, James Taylor who scored centuries for breakfast, Alex Hales who drove people mad with his willow, Adil Rashid who couldn't be hit for runs - the list can go on and on and on.
But we must stand up and admire both of these teams, Durham and Warwickshire, who have overcome all obstacles and are now primed to reap the reward. Unfortunately, there can be only one winner, but happily, cricket will emerge victorious.
Coming to Saturday's match, I don't see any particular favourites as there isn't any sort of differentia between the two sides with with each having the right balance. Both also have men in form and have settled combinations, which is a key reason for both to have reached Lord's.
Men to watch
If Warwickshire have Rikki Clarke, Durham have Ben Stokes; if the Bears have Jeetan Patel, the Falcons have Gareth Breese; if Warwickshire have Varun Chopra, the opponents have Mark Stoneman; if Chopra's men have Chris Woakes, then Stoneman's troops have Paul Collingwood; if one has Jonathan Trott, the other has Phil Mustard. Need I go on?
But anyone who holds on to his nerves and leaves the pressure in the dressing room will be the player who will make the difference. Obviously, whenever you come into a final, form becomes redundant unless you handle the pressure well.
Tip for Lord's glory
Too close to call.
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