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Confident Jones excited for Lord's finale

Simon Jones believes Glamorgan have forced people to sit up and take notice by reaching the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 and is confident this is their year.

The Welsh county were far from among the favourites when the competition took place, yet find themselves one game away from lifting the trophy.

They are once again underdogs ahead of tomorrow's finale versus Notts Outlaws, who have perhaps been the best side in this year's edition.

However, Jones relishes Glamorgan's status and is convinced upsetting the odds once more is a distinct possibility.

“Notts are a very good team, we respect them greatly and hopefully they will give us the respect we deserve too," he said.

“I think whoever we would have played we would have been the underdogs, it’s the nature of the beast isn’t it?

"Glamorgan have been known as the whipping boys for the last six years. We have played some really good cricket.

"I think we have made a couple of people sit up and take note. We have done the job and played well in precious situations. It will be interesting to see on the day the Sky presenters trying to pick who wins the game.

“This is our year I feel. I’m confident with how the changing room is. The boys are happy, they all know their roles in the side; it reminds me a little bit of when I was in the England team, everyone was relaxed and changing room is settled.”

Even for a player of Jones' vast experience, the prospect of playing such an important match at Lord's is sure to spark some nerves.

“I’ve got experience there but that’s not to say I won’t be nervous on the day," he admitted. "There will be a few butterflies in my tummy on the day.

"There is a huge level of expectation and that’s the main thing the boys have to deal with.

"There are going to be a huge amount of fans there from Wales who are going to travel up and I think it’s going to be a great day."

Another who will be a key figure is Murray Goodwin, the veteran batsman having enjoyed a fine season since joining from Sussex.

“This will mean a massive amount to me," he revealed. “In your career you are fortunate to win something a couple of times.

“This is why we play the game, to win trophies. You are here to make a living but you don’t enjoy your time if you are not winning.

“I can see why some of these guys are so passionate to go to Lord’s and I am as well. I am very excited because these days are brilliant and to be within a chance to win a trophy is why you want to play the game."

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