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Tom hoping that Lord's history will repeat itself

Tom Abell knows all too well what it feels like to lift a trophy for Somerset at Lord’s

The Club Captain did just that 12 months ago when Somerset overcame Hampshire at the Home of Cricket in the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

One year on and the enthusiasm for winning silverware hasn’t diminished one bit.

“We’re all very excited about playing another final at Lord’s,” Tom said after training at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Monday. “We experienced an amazing day there last summer and we’re certainly looking to replicate that this week.

“Any time that you’re in with a chance of winning a trophy for Somerset it’s incredibly exciting. Especially when it’s a showpiece final like this one.

“We go into the game with good confidence given how we’ve played in red-ball cricket this year and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Tom feels that it’s fitting for the two teams who battled it out for the County Championship title last year are once again meeting to decide who will win this season’s domestic red-ball competition.

“Our four-day cricket has been outstanding this year and Essex are a quality outfit as well,” he said. “The Championship went right down to the wire between the two sides last year, so it should make for a great game. It’s going to be a great challenge for us because they’re a quality side, but I have full confidence that we have every chance of coming out on top if we stick to what we’ve been doing well.

“The red-ball competition looks different this year but it’s still a First Class competition and it’s one that we are all desperate to win.

“We take a huge amount of pride in how we play in red-ball cricket. To be in the final is great, but we want to be going one step further and making sure that we deliver in the final and win the trophy. We are under no illusions of the task at hand because Essex are a top side. They’ve proved that over the last few years and they have some great players, but so do we. Right throughout this competition our bowling unit has been fantastic and we’ve come a long way from a batting perspective. When we’ve been under real pressure, guys have put their hands up and really made those telling contributions. I honestly couldn’t be too much happier with where we are at this moment as a side.

“A huge amount goes into red-ball cricket, both emotionally and physically, and we’ve been lucky enough to win a lot of cricket matches this summer. There’s more pressure on this game because it’s a final and it’s a big day for all concerned.”

What would it mean to lift the Bob Willis Trophy?

“It would mean an absolutely huge amount, not just to me but to the players, the coaches and everyone connected to the Club. Over the last few months we’ve been made increasingly aware of how much Somerset County Cricket Club means to so many people. In the current situation, we’re the lucky ones who are getting to play and represent Somerset on behalf of everyone who supports us.

“To win it would mean just so much, particularly given the current situation. We want to be a team that makes Somerset supporters proud and we desperately want to bring that trophy back to Somerset.

“So many of our Members have made an incredibly generous gesture regarding their Memberships in support of the Club and we’re doing it for all of them.”

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