Twenty20 Cup fever hits Essex
Essex County Cricket Club are gearing up for their first appearance in Twenty20 Cup Finals Day this Saturday.
The Essex Eagles join Leicestershire Foxes, Surrey Brown Caps and Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the showpiece event of the county season at Trent Bridge.
Captain Ronnie Irani leads his side out on Finals Day for the first time aiming to build on last year's totesport League triumph with another one-day trophy.
Irani said: "I'm really looking forward to our big day out at Trent Bridge. We'll make our way up to Nottingham on Friday and enjoy the occasion. Hopefully we'll have some good support on the day and those watching at home on TV will also be egging us on."
Batting Coach Graham Gooch and Chief Executive David East were both part of the Essex squad during its golden era during the 1980s and are hoping to watch the continuation of a new period of success for the Club:
Graham Gooch: "I think we have as good a chance as anyone. Leicestershire and Surrey have been there every year in the finals and this is our first experience but the way we've been playing we have nothing to fear."
David East: "We are all very much looking forward to Twenty20 Cup Finals Day. I think we are going to have a strong contingent from Essex at Trent Bridge, with all of our tickets now sold, and we are delighted that so many people will be joining us up there for what we hope will be an exciting and enjoyable day. If we carry in playing the way we did during the group stage of the Twenty20 Cup there's no reason why we can't win it."