Mark Wallace: Glamorgan will relish underdogs tag at Lord's
Glamorgan's Jim Allenby (right) raises his bat to acknowledge his half century during the Clydesdale Bank Pro40 Semi Final match at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2013. See PA story CRICKET H
GLAMORGAN have ended a 13-year wait for a Lord's final – now they want to break new ground at St John's Wood.
Saturday's tremendous 31-run win against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl booked a place in the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 a week on Saturday.
They will find out their opponents for the date at the home of cricket this evening when Nottinghamshire host Somerset but the victors at Trent Bridge will start as favourites in the final.
That won't bother Glamorgan, in fact, they will relish the underdog tag as they bid to win a final at Lord's for the first time.
"At the start of the season we were talking about winning trophies and sometimes people don't necessarily believe you," said captain Mark Wallace.
"We've been saying that we are a good side and that we are developing but it's tough to convince people when results aren't going your way. Well, we've got a chance to convince people now.
"We are not finished here and are one step away from winning a trophy and want to bring that silverware back to Wales.
"Whoever we play I am sure we will be underdogs and I am sure people will write us off and I am sure we will be long shots to win it, which we apparently were for Hampshire.
"But nobody thought that in our changing room, we thought that we were the side that nobody wanted to draw. As it turns out we are the ones going to Lord's and Hampshire, who are a fantastic one-day side, aren't."
The Glamorgan players and backroom staff were beaming as they celebrated in front of their fans on Saturday evening.
Things would have been a touch quieter as sore heads were nursed on the coach back to Wales yesterday morning.
"It's going to be brilliant, I was in the stands for the last one in 2000 and it's absolutely fantastic," said the 31-year-old wicket-keeper from Abergavenny.
"I can't even think how good it will feel to walk out onto the field and represent Glamorgan at Lord's. I'm sure there will be plenty of people crossing the bridge to make it feel like a home game.
"At Hampshire it felt like there were more Welsh people in the crowd when we went out to bat and the supporters played their part. It will be great occasion at Lord's for the fans who have stuck by us through the years."
After T20 disappointment, Glamorgan showed real character to make it to the YB40 semi-finals, winning four of their last five games to finish as runners-up in Group C.
They had to shown guts to take the spoils at the Ageas Bowl with Jim Allenby starring with bat and ball.
The Australian all-rounder top scored with an unbeaten 74, smashing invaluable late runs with Ben Wright (47 not out) to get Glam to 234-4.
Allenby, captain in T20, then took two wickets just as things were going swimmingly for the Royals.
From then on the hosts were always playing catch-up - although things were a lot more tense than a 31-run victory suggests.
"We played some really good cricket in this competition this year and you wouldn't find a bunch of happier blokes than those in that changing room afterwards," said Wallace.
"To do this after the way the T20 went, when we were so disappointed not to qualify, that shows the character of this squad to pick ourselves up and have a run at this competition."
Now they will want to go one better than the side of 1977, beaten in the Gillette Cup final by Middlesex, and 2000, beaten in the Benson and Hedges Cup final by Gloucestershire.
Glamorgan last won silverware in 2004 when Robert Croft lifted the Sunday League trophy aloft in Colwyn Bay.
** Glamorgan's ticket allocation for the final will be on sale to members from midday today (Monday) before going on public sale on Wednesday.
Either call 02920 419311 or go to the ticket booth at the Swalec Stadium, which is open from 9am to 6pm.
Tickets, priced from £25 for adults and £5 for children, can also be bought online directly from Lord's at lords.org
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