Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick says playing at the "best ground in the world" can inspire his side to bounce back from the disappointment at missing out on the LV County Championship trophy.
Trescothick, who leads Somerset in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final against Warwickshire on Saturday 18 September, admitted the squad felt dejected after coming so close to lifting a first Championship trophy.
The West Country side were pipped to the title by Nottinghamshire in the final hours of the last day of the season on Thursday and also lost on the last ball of the Twenty20 Cup Final against Hampshire in August.
The former England opener, who played 11 Test matches and 13 One Day Internationals at the Home of Cricket, said the prospect of playing at Lord’s was the instant lift his men needed:
"Just coming here to Lord’s lifts the mood immediately." said the 34-year-old left-hander.
"Obviously the disappointment on missing out on the Championship was pretty tough but just getting into the changing room and seeing the best ground in the world picks you up.
"Almost the best scenario after missing out on the Championship is to get straight back into it and play in such a big game.
"If we had time to dwell on it for a couple of days then the disappointment would probably last a bit longer. But we’ve got to get straight back up and play in the CB40 Final tomorrow because there is no other option.
"The boys have turned it around pretty quick and they’re looking forward to it."
Loyal Somerset supporters
Trescothick also praised the loyal the Somerset supporters and said he expected them to help create a big match atmosphere in NW8.
"The Somerset fans stick with us through thick and thin, we’ve experienced it in the past and they’re proud people.
"I know there are a lot of buses coming up from the West Country tomorrow and they’re very proud of how their team have done.
"I hope tomorrow we can get the result that we want for them."
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