The domestic one-day tournament of England summer, Royal London One-Day Cup hosted one more exciting limited overs contests this season and it set to host the Final of the season on Saturday. Two strong teams, Nottinghamshire and Surrey reached this year’s final and ready for the title clash. The Final between Nottinghamshire vs Surrey is scheduled to begin at 11 AM Local | 3:30 PM IST on Saturday, 1st July 2017.
The county club based from Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire Outlaws has won their last one-day title in 2013. After three seasons, Nottinghamshire reached the final for the first time and set to play at home of cricket, Lord’s on Saturday. The official 14-men squad has been announced on Friday, which lead by captain Chris Wood. Stuart Broad who was doubtful some days back due to injury, was named in the squad. Nottinghamshire is all set to play with the total strong team which has plenty of experienced and match winners. The man in form Alex Hales is in the squad, as he is not a part of England’s test squad these days, he is available for this game. He did not score any century in his last 10 innings across formats, but he managed to score runs in almost every innings in this summer and that makes him dangerous on Final day.
Michael Lumb, the 37-years old batsman was in good touch in this season and his combination with Alex Hales at top of the order would give pressures to the opposition. He did not score half-century in his last 5 appearances in the tournament, but he could get his form on this big day. Riki Wessels would bat at no. 3 which was his regular position in the team. Wessels also in good form and he is known for consistency. Top 3 of Nottinghamshire looks strong and Samit Patel at no. 4 makes them extremely strong. All rounder Samit Patel is the talk of season at the moment as he performs in all matches. He scored match winning 122* in the semi-final and also scored 247 runs in the first class match last week. He is also consistent with a bowl and picked 4 wickets in his last 3 innings. Samit Patel will be a must pick for this game. Former Zimbabwe captain, Brendon Taylor is in prime form in List A matches this season. He played a match winning knock of 154 runs against Somerset in the quarter-final and also scored 62 against Essex in the Semi. His middle-order batting would play a key role on Saturday.
Another experienced all rounder Steven Mullaney has played a massive knock in the semi-final and assured a place in the Final. He scored 111 runs in just 75 balls and took his team home along with Samit Patel. He also good with bowl in the middle overs and claims wickets quite often. Captain of the side, Chris Read takes care of wicket keeper’s duties behind the stumps. With the strong top order, Chris Read did not get much of opportunities to bat in recent times, but he has 5500 runs to his credits in his List A career. The experienced bowler Stuart Broad is fit and ready to play this game. He is one of much important bowler of Nottinghamshire. He has played lot of matches at Lord’s in his career and will help him to shine on Saturday. Australian pacer James Pattinson plays for the club in this summer and he has claimed 8 wickets in his last 6 matches in the tournament. He was very expensive in the last game along with Harry Gurney, but he will get his chance on the Final. Harry Gurney’s place might be in doubt as he conceded 75 runs in 7 overs in the semi-final game. As Jake Ball is injured, Luke Fletcher is expected to fulfill his place in the XI. Extra batsmen Billy Root and Greg Smith are in the squad, unless any injury concerns in the top order, both of them would sit out in the bench.
This is the third successive Royal London One-Day Final for Surrey. Last year, Surrey ended as a runner-ups and looks to achieve and earn which they missed last year. Surrey also comes to this grand final with equally strong squad. The team will be play under their captain Gareth Batty, who picked 5 wickets in semi-final clash against Worcestershire. Jason Roy is back in form and that would the major plus point for Surrey ahead of this game. Jason Roy struggled to score runs until Champions Trophy, but regained his form in the semi-final clash where he smashed 92 runs and he also scored runs in the T20I series against South Africa last week. If he plays a good innings, he would turn out as a match winner for his team. Mark Stoneman is the opening partner of Roy. He is also in some sort of good form, he maintains strike rate at 94 in his list A career and that shows his style of batting in the format.
Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara is in the squad and he will play at no. 3. He is in great form right now and scored plenty of runs. He scored 2 centuries and one half-century in last 5 innings in the tournament and that kind of form would be a warning for the opposition. Sanga is expected to play another big innings on this Final day and finish his List A career in high note. Rory Burns has scored only 6 runs in quarter and semi-final of the tournament. But he has found his form in the first class match earlier this week and that may help him to score runs on Saturday. Surrey’s middle order filled with Ben Foakes, Ollie Pope and Sam Curran in the semi-final clash. Ben Foakes is in good form right now and he was one of the major reason for Surrey’s comfortable show in the semis. He is expected to play brief innings in the middle-order. Ollie Pope played at no. 6 in the batting order, but as Scott Borthwick named in the squad, chances are high for this leg-spin all rounder to play on the big Final day.
Sam Curran played key roles with both bat and bowl during the Semi-final match. He is expected to play huge role with the bowl on Saturday. Skipper Gareth Batty did not pick any wicket for four matches in a row, then he came back strongly with 5 wickets haul in the semi-final. The veteran would play a key role with bowl against Nottingham. West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul, Tom Curran and Jade Dernbach plays a front-line pacers role for Surrey. The experienced Rampaul has picked 14 wickets in his last 8 List A matches. He is well experienced and that will come into play on Saturday. The wicket taking bowler Dernbach is in the squad who claimed 14 wickets in his last 5 matches. He may pick another 3 or 4 wickets haul on Saturday. Tom Curran who debuted for England last week, back to domestic matches and he has big role to play on Saturday. Dominic Sibley and Stuart Meaker are expected to sit out for this match.
KEY PLAYERS :
- Alex Hales
- Samit Patel
- Riki Wessels
- Michael Lumb
- Steven Mullaney
- Brendon Taylor
- Stuart Broad
- James Pattinson
- Jason Roy
- Kumar Sangakkara
- Ben Foakes
- Mark Stoneman
- Sam Curran
- Tom Curran
- Jade Dernbach
- Ravi Rampaul
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
1. Michael Lumb, 2. Alex Hales, 3. Riki Wessels, 4. Samit Patel, 5. Brendon Taylor, 6. Steven Mullaney, 7. Chris Read, 8. Stuart Broad, 9. James Pattinson, 10. Luke Fletcher, 11. Harry Gurney.
1. Jason Roy, 2. Mark Stoneman, 3. Kumar Sangakkara, 4. Rory Burns, 5. Ben Foakes, 6. Ollie Pope / Scott Borthwick, 7. Sam Curran, 8. Tom Curran, 9. Gareth Batty, 10. Ravi Rampaul, 11. Jade Dernbach.
Play Well!! Best Wishes to All!!