DAVID HARRISON SAYS: Pure joy to be one game from Lord's
10:11am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
PUT it in your diary – Hampshire versus Glamorgan on Saturday, September 7.
We sealed a place in the Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-finals on Monday and are one game away from a Lord's final.
The boys have been brilliant in one-day cricket this year and showed real character to make it through to the knockout stages of the tournament.
The Friends Life t20 finished so disappointingly that we were determined to not slip up in the YB40.
We didn't do things the easy way – my nerves have been shredded – but we have done it and will head to the Ageas Bowl in high spirits.
To win four of our last five games was a great effort and the atmosphere in the Headingley changing room when we made it through was incredible.
It was pure elation and the celebrations continued at the pub, where we were joined by Yorkshire coach (and former Glamorgan and Australia seamer) Jason Gillespie.
We made it through as best runners-up but make no mistake; we deserve to be in the semis after winning eight of the 11 games that we played.
We did the double over Yorkshire and Middlesex – two clubs with big budgets – and have played some quality cricket in tense situations.
It's going to be tough against Hampshire because they are a great one-day side and lifted the trophy in 2012.
They will be favourites but we will relish the underdog tag and will be well prepared and ready to give it absolutely everything at the Ageas Bowl.
THE win in the YB40 capped a pretty eventful week that saw the departure of coach Matthew Mott and the news that chief executive Alan Hamer is being replaced by Hugh Morris.
I'll be disappointed to see Matthew leave because he has been at the helm for what has turned out to be a very successful year (that will hopefully get even better).
He has been great for me and gave me an opportunity to get on the coaching ladder when I was forced to retire because of injury.
I'll always be very grateful for that and will naturally be doing everything I can to try and make sure he signs off with a trophy.
I was surprised when the news broke about Alan leaving because I don't tend to go hunting for such information, but Hugh is a great appointment.
He is a Glamorgan man who understands the culture and had great success turning around England's fortunes.
Hopefully when he arrives to take on the job next year he will do so with a new piece of silverware in the trophy cabinet.
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