aelcome to Trent Bridge for what promises to be an exciting day of cricket as Kent and Lancashire meet in the Royal London One-Day Cup Final.
Both teams saved their best cricket for the Round of 16 of this competition, turning their respective quarter-finals and semi-finals into one-sided contests.
Lancashire find themselves one win away from their first victory in this competition after successive and comprehensive victories over Nottinghamshire and Sussex. In their quarter-final, the Red Roses easily chased down Notts’ 338, after an unbeaten 115 from Steven Croft saw them cross the line in 48th.
That three-wicket success was arguably followed by an even better display in the semi-finals, where a superb all-round bowling effort saw their opponents Sussex play for just 254 after Lancs set a competitive total of 319.
With Keaton Jennings, Croft and Dane Vilas leading what is a dangerous batting order, Lancashire enter this one as undisputed favorites, but will need to replicate their excellence from the last two rounds if they are to emerge victorious. of a dangerous Kent outfit.
In their quarter-final, Joey Evison and Joe Denly’s 60 saw them post Leicestershire 325 in the opening innings. With the ball, it was the dynamic Grant Stewart who made the difference, taking 4-42 from just 8.4 overs as Leicestershire were eliminated for just 244.
The next round saw them take on a side from Hampshire, who until then had been the most dominant team in the competition.
After receiving a 310 in the Rose Bowl, Kent responded impressively with 95 from Ollie Robinson laying the groundwork for the timeless Darren Stevens (more on him later) to see his team cross the line with a stunning 84* .
The cream has risen to the top as this tournament has gone on and we should be in for a superb afternoon of county cricket, with fine weather here in Nottingham.