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Goodwin: Fans can help us cause Notts upset

Goodwin: Fans can help us cause Notts upset

Glamorgan batsman Murray Goodwin has issued a rallying call for the Welsh underdogs to harness the passion of their supporters when they meet Notts Outlaws in the YB40 Final at Lord's on Saturday.

We have the great support of our crowd

The veteran batsman, who played one Test match and two ODIs at the Home of Cricket for Zimbabwe, sees Notts as favourites for the win going into this weekend's summer finale.

But Goodwin, playing his first season in South Wales, reckons Glamorgan's supporters can help them cause an upset and lift their first trophy since 2004.

"They [Notts] are definitely the favourites and we know that, but we were the underdogs at Hampshire," the 40-year-old warned.

Glamorgan overcame Hampshire - who were last year's champions at Lord's - by 31 runs in their semi-final at Southampton.

And that result, against arguably the strongest one-day county around over the past few seasons, will give them extra confidence against a Notts team able to call on the services of their Ashes-winning England duo, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.

"We have got to go out there and play to the best of our ability," Goodwin continued.

"I think there is more pressure on Notts because they have all the big name players.

"Although we have a talented  team and are playing good  cricket, they are expected to win.

"There is no pressure on us and we just have to go out there and have some fun and play with the highest standards we can.

Now in the twilight of his career, Goodwin joined Glamorgan last winter from Sussex, a county where he won the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy in 2006 after beating Lancashire.

And the veteran is desperate to add another piece of silverware to his CV with his new county: "These days are brilliant and to be within a chance to win a trophy is why you want to play the game.

"I am so happy that the guys are working hard and we have the great support of our crowd.

"I can see why some of these guys are so passionate to go to Lord’s and I am as well."

Notts Outlaws face Glamorgan at Lord's on Saturday 21 September in the finale of the 2013 season. Tickets are available to buy online now.

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