DAVID HARRISON SAYS: T20 pain is driving us on in bid for the semis
9:02am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
PART one of a vital week went to plan on Monday, now we need to maintain our push for the Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-finals in Cardiff this evening.
Middlesex are our visitors at the Swalec Stadium and there isn't much margin for error in a tight Group C.
A vital last-over win against leaders Somerset late, late on Monday night put us second and kept us right in the hunt. Three more victories from four should see us into the knockout stages.
We've played some great one-day cricket this year and perhaps the frustration of missing out on a quarter-final in the Friends Life t20 is providing a bit more motivation.
After a dream start to the competition our target was a home game in the last eight but momentum is key in Twenty20 and unfortunately we lost it, eventually failing to qualify after losing our last game to Gloucestershire at home.
The disappointment and frustration was immense – and we don't want that same feeling in the YB40.
We spoke at the start of the week about it being a vital period of our season with the Somerset game followed by Middlesex this evening and Gloucestershire on Sunday.
Monday was the perfect start... just!
We needed the last pair of Michael Hogan and Simon Jones to get us over the line and not many of us that were up in the pavilion have finger nails left.
I couldn't actually see the winning runs being hit as my view was obscured by the players on the balcony - by the time that I saw the action on the laptop I use for analysis the cheers had given the ending away.
It's always good to beat a quality side like Somerset but there was a feeling of relief afterwards.
After being in a dominant position of 120-1 chasing 223 we should have cruised to victory but we gave them a chance. We cannot afford to give Middlesex or Gloucestershire a sniff if we get on top.
A final at Lord's is a massive incentive for the boys – but for now we are just concentrating on today's 80 overs.
IT'S not just Glamorgan that are eyeing knockout glory – my club Panteg play in the Gwalia Welsh Cup final on Sunday.
I'm gutted that the game against Gloucestershire means I'll miss a historic day for the club when they take on Llandudno at the Swalec Stadium.
My brother Adam is fresh back from a honeymoon to Bali with his wife Emily and will represent the Harrisons, hopefully he can help the boys to victory. A Glamorgan-Panteg Sunday double would certainly be cause for celebration.