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Jones: 'Whipping boys' ready to spring upset

Simon Jones in full flight
Simon Jones in full flight

Glamorgan's Simon Jones is confident that the Welsh county will be victorious in Saturday's YB40 final against Notts Outlaws, despite starting as underdogs.

There will be a few butterflies

Speaking ahead of the showpiece finale at Lord's, the former England fast bowler acknowledged that although Notts are hotly tipped to pick up the coveted one-day trophy, he believes 2013 will be a special year for his side.

“This is our year I feel," the 34-year-old said.

"I’m confident with how the changing room is. The boys are happy and they all know their roles in the side.

"It reminds me a little bit of when I was in the England team, everyone was relaxed and the changing room is settled.

"I think whoever we would have played we would have been the underdogs - it’s the nature of the beast isn’t it?

"Glamorgan have been known as the whipping boys for the last six years. But we have played some really good cricket.

"I think we have made a couple of people sit up and take note. We have done the job and played well in pressure situations."

Jones - who played five Test matches for England at Lord's and was part of Michael Vaughan's 2005 Ashes winning side - admits he will still be nervous come Saturday, despite his knowledge of the Ground.

He continued: "I’ve got experience there but that’s not to say I won’t be nervous on the day.

"There will be a few butterflies in my tummy on the day. There is a huge level of expectation and that’s the main thing the boys have to deal with.

"There are going to be a huge amount of fans there from Wales and I think it’s going to be a great day."

Glamorgan last won a trophy in 2004 and Swansea-born Jones, who will retire from first-class and one-day cricket at the end of this season, will be desperate to finish on a high.

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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