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Scott’s words of wisdom
FINALS day veteran Ben Scott has been busy explaining to his Worcestershire colleagues just how special it is to take part in the culmination of the English Twenty20 season.
The Royals wicketkeeper experienced one of the highest points of his career when he was part of the Middlesex squad that sealed glory in the 2008 tournament, beating Kent Spitfires in a thrilling final that went right down to the last ball.
Worcestershire are bidding for their own place at this year’s finals day, which takes place at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff on August 25, when they travel to Headingley for a quarter-final clash with Yorkshire this afternoon (4.15pm) and Scott is keen to have another day in the spotlight with his current club.
The 30-year-old said: “I have been to finals day before with Middlesex when we won it and it has been difficult trying to get across to the lads just how special the day really is.
“Everyone is really excited and it would be great for the club to get there as they haven’t been before. But, also for the guys, winning competitions and going a long way in them is what we play for.
“That finals day with Middlesex would be up there with my career highlights — it is an amazing experience and all eyes are on you, so there is a lot of pressure, but that helps to build you as a cricketer. In years to come, some of the guys here would be able to draw on that experience and it would be really helpful to them.”
Scott added: “Obviously, we are looking forward to today’s game and, now we’re in the knock-out stage of the competition, we feel pretty confident. We are a dangerous team — a lot of counties around the circuit know that — and in this format we stand every chance.
“Steve Rhodes is from up that way and he has said to us that Yorkshire will be under a lot of pressure, especially with the kind of crowd they have — any slip-ups and they’ll be right on their backs, so hopefully that can play to our advantage.”
Scott’s match-winning hundred in the LV= County Championship Division One victory at Lancashire — Worcestershire’s first four-day win of the season — was described as ‘unbelievable’ by club captain Daryl Mitchell and marked a welcome return to form for the keeper.
He said: “That win was really good and we did need that to be honest, because we have struggled in the last couple of one-day games, so it was definitely important to get that confidence behind us going into today’s game.
“It has been difficult for me this year and I’ve been trying to figure out how to change a few things to get my confidence back, but I just went out there in that situation and knuckled down.
“I have said to a few of the lads that I was happy when I got to 20 and then 30 — even when I was in the 90s, I was over the moon with that, but to actually get through to my hundred and help the team in that situation was priceless. It was definitely one of the best hundreds I’ve ever made.”