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Giles: 'Battling Bears have momentum Published: 17 September 2010

Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles believes his "battling" side will end the season on a high when they take on Somerset under floodlights at Lord's in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final tomorrow.

The 2005 Ashes winner admitted the Bears would start as underdogs but hopes his men can condemn Marcus Trescothick’s Somerset to a third runners-up medal of the season.

Jonathan Trott, who made 184 as England overcame Pakistan at Lord’s last month, joins captain and three time Lord's centurion Ian Bell to add extra big match experience to the Bears' top-order after a mixed season.

Warwickshire narrowly avoided relegation from the First Division of the LV County Championship this week and Giles says coming away with a victory would complete a perfect finish to the campaign.

'We could walk away with a trophy'

Giles said: "You can’t ask for much more from the team than showing character and fight and we’ve certainly done a lot of that.

"I’m very proud of what these guys have achieved over the last month and with one more step now we could walk away with a trophy.

"To be back at Lord’s on the last day of the season and to have a chance of coming away with a trophy is great for the whole team.

"Staying in division one looked unlikely at one point and that was a real high so we have confidence and momentum coming here.
'Lord's will be great'

The Lord's showpiece English one-day final will be a day-night affair for the first time.

Giles says the floodlights will not be a distraction as his side are focusing on the prospect of lifting the trophy at the Home of Cricket:

"I think the boys are just excited about being here so the lights is not a big story for us really at the moment." added the 37-year-old.

"Some of our young players have not been here before at all so for them to walk out at Lord’s will be great tomorrow."




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