THIS cup final isn’t about me – and I won’t let it become that.
Everyone knows this is my last game for Durham, and what a way to go out with a final at Lord’s.
I just want to do what I’ve always done – give it my best shot, and hopefully contribute to the success of the team again.
That would be enough for me. The bigger picture is that the team comes out on top.
I don’t want anyone to be focusing on it being my last game as I don’t want that to take away from anything.
It’s about a team. That’s the most important aspect.
I’ve been happy with how I’ve been bowling the last two games, the quarter-final and semi-final, and I’m just hoping to continue in same vein.
I’ll just been focsing on doing my job at Lord’s and bowling in the right areaas, and hopefully the jigsaw will come together, like it did back in 2007.
Looking back, I can’t remember the build up, to be honest. The night before, like any big game, I was a little bit nervous but it’s good to be that. It’s how you control it that enables you to go out and play to the best of your ability.
But you turn up at Lord’s in your first big final in front of a massive crowd, and everyone just wants to experience that.
Then we started with a bang. Phil Mustard and Michael Di Venuto opened and got us off to a flying start and basically we didn’t get pinned down from then on.
Kyle Coetzer was playing in his first big one-day game and got runs, Shivnarine Chanderpaul chipped in and Benks, then Otis Gibson came in and finished it off with two big sixes.
The in his first over, for Otis to get rid of two of Hampshire’s main batsmen in back to back balls was amazing.
We were in the driving seat from then on, and just had to make sure we didn’t get presumptuous.
In the end, the weather came and the second day was a bit of a dampener. A lot of spectators had booked trains to go back on the Saturday night so they didn’t get to see us lift the trophy.
It was the trophy that put Durham on the map and it would be great to win the No1 one-day cup in the country again.
This is the closest we’ve come to one-day success – we’re playing our best one-day cricket probably since 2007, and hopefully it will culminate with some joy come Saturday night.
We’ve peaked at the right time. It wasn’t looking very good at the start of the tournament, we lost three of our first four games, but we were able to get on a roll after that.
We’ve had some big draws which has probably helped. We had Yorkshire, who were probably the best team up until then, and we got over that hurdle, and then we had Notts.
To be the best side in the country you have to beat some really big teams and we’ve done that so far. We’ve just got one more big hurdle to overcome in Warwickshire now.