6:02am Tuesday 24th September 2013
PACEMAN Simon Jones believes Glamorgan have made the rest of the country "sit up and take notice" after their run in the Yorkshire Bank 40.
The Welsh county had to settle for second place after being overpowered by Nottinghamshire at Lord's on Saturday.
The game could prove to be Jones' Glamorgan farewell.
The 2005 Ashes winner will only play Twenty20 cricket next season and is waiting to see if he gets a deal to stay in Cardiff.
"I would love to stay but I have to go where the work is," he said. "If Glammy don't offer me anything I will have to go elsewhere."
Even if he heads elsewhere the 34-year-old is predicting a bright future at the Swalec Stadium.
"A lot of people will sit up and take notice of us because we have played well throughout the year," said the pace bowler.
"We showed glimpses in the final and did well in Twenty20, although we didn't quite get to the quarter-finals.
"We need to develop that killer instinct to finish things off because there is no doubt that we have the talent to do well as a group.
"We have a fine squad and the boys will have to carry on and keep improving."
That Glamorgan fell short at Lord's was no fault of Jones, who produced a stunning final performance in one-day cricket.
He bowled eight ferocious overs straight through to finish with figures of two for 36 before being given a standing ovation.
Jones was disappointed that he didn't sign off with a win but toasted second place as a sign of progress.
"We proved a lot of doubters wrong this year with the way that we played," he said.
"No-one would have given us a sniff at the start of the year and they normally give Glamorgan a bit of a beating on television; when they ask the commentators who they are tipping it is usually 5-0 to whoever we play.
"For us to make it to Lord's and prove so many people wrong was a special feeling and I thought that we played well, obviously not well enough but Notts are a very good side."
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