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Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire bid for Lord's glory

The Yorkshire Bank 40 competition reaches its climax this Saturday (September 21st) with both finalists, Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire, making their first appearance in a Lord's one-day final for more than a decade.

Glamorgan will be returning to a Lord's one-day final for the first time since 2000 when they lost to Gloucestershire in the Benson and Hedges Cup Final - despite a memorable hundred from their captain Matthew Maynard.

The Welsh side have been the surprise package in this year's competition - overcoming last year's winners Hampshire by 31 runs in the semi-final - and will be looking to win their first domestic silverware for nine years.

Nottinghamshire's wait for a showpiece Lord's final dates back even longer - to 1989 when they beat Essex in the final of the same competition by three wickets. Chris Read's side, who will have England contracted players Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann available for selection, booked their place at Lord's with a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Somerset last week.

This Saturday's contest will mark the 50th anniversary of the first limited-overs final staged at Lord's - the 1963 Gillette Cup Final in which a Sussex side led by Ted Dexter narrowly beat Worcestershire by just 14 runs.

Last year's Lord's one-day final was an equally close-fought affair that went down to the final ball with Hampshire beating Warwickshire by virtue of losing fewer wickets after the scores were tied.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: "The Yorkshire Bank 40 final is one of the highlights of the domestic cricket calendar and both these teams will be savouring the prospect of being part of a Lord's final once again.

"Last year's final proved to be a gripping encounter with a dramatic finish and all cricket fans will be hoping for an equally exciting contest this Saturday to round off what has been another excellent season for the YB40 competition. "

Tickets are still available for the YB40 final and can be bought from www.tickets.lords.org. Prices start at £25 for adults and £5 for U16's. Those unable to make the trip can watch the match live on Sky Sports Ashes HD, with coverage set to start at 10.30am and can also visit www.ecb.co.uk/yb40 for the latest tournament information.

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