KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Jim Troughton and Jimmy Adams are eyeing a trophy winning end to successful seasons after qualifying for the CB40 Final at Lord's on Saturday 15 September.
T20 champions Hampshire are seeking a second domestic limited overs trophy of the summer after their spectacular victory on finals day in Cardiff last month.
Warwickshire meanwhile are in a superb position to lift the LV= County Championship trophy this summer, with just two matches remaining of the campaign. Victory at Lord's could be the icing on the cake of great season for Ashley Giles' men.
Royals captain Adams, a product of the MCC Universities system, called on his club's supporters to take them over the line and deliver a second piece of silverware for 2012.
"Having already won the Friends Life t20 this season, we’ll be attempting to ‘do the double’ and we are certainly hoping as many Royals fans as possible will come up to support us and cheer us across the line," said the left-hander.
"To be in two finals in one season is a pretty special feeling, but especially so when one of them is at Lord’s. The Clydesdale Bank 40 Final is always the climax of the county season and one we are looking forward to immensely."
The CB40 Final is the "Summer Finale" at the Home of Cricket and in addition to the action on the pitch, MCC are offering a full range of family orientated fun - with tickets for under 16s priced at just £5.
This final marks the 50th year in succession in which Lord's has hosted the climax of the domestic limited overs tournament.
Troughton featured in Warwickshire's last outing to Lord's - the Bears' victory over Somerset in 2010 - and revealed his excitement at attempting to repeat that triumph two years later:
"A final at Lord’s is a great occasion, which all members of the Bears squad will relish. We’ve worked really hard in the competition throughout the season and the semi-final victory over Lancashire last Saturday was our reward."
The current side's experience though is reflected in the fact that Troughton is not alone in recalling Warwickshire's defeat to Hampshire the last time they faced each other in a showpiece final, back in 2005.
He added: "Despite beating Somerset in the CB40 Final in 2010, four of us were also part of the team that lost to Hampshire at the Lord’s final in 2005, so we’ve certainly got revenge in mind."
County cricket’s showpiece one-day final first took place at Lord’s in 1963. The Gillette Cup, as it was then known, was played over 60 overs; Sussex were the inaugural winners.