Gurney: Outlaws A Force
To Be Reckoned With
Featured News | 21st September 2013
Anyone who says that limited-overs cricket is simply a batsman's game was today proven wrong, as a healthy Lord's crowd witnessed some Notts Outlaws seam and spin their way to this summer's Yorkshire Bank 40 trophy, with an 87-run victory over Glamorgan.
"I'm absolutely ecstatic," said Harry Gurney, who made the Outlaws' first breakthrough, removing Glamorgan captain Wallace with his first delivery.
"We've been a very good side in white-ball cricket over the last couple of years and for it to culminate in taking a trophy back up the M1 with us is fantastic for all of the players and everyone involved with the club.
"There has been some amazing travelling support today, and I'm absolutely delighted to say that we've been able to win it for them."
Notts entered the final firm favourites, thanks in no small part to the inclusion of England's Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad. It was the latter who proved his worth in the Outlaws' attack, taking three wickets in an over to end the match early. However, Gurney was quick to celebrate those who had been ever-present in the campaign.
"There were a couple of big names in there today," said Gurney.
"They came up with the goods as you would expect and the rest of us know our roles from the previous rounds.
"Ajmal was exceptional, those wickets arrived at an excellent time, and Samit broke the back of their middle-order.
"Poor old Bally missed out, who has been exceptional throughout the tournament, all of those lads played their part in winning us this trophy."
"Hopefully we can really cement our position as one of the teams to beat in white ball cricket for many years to come." Harry Gurney.
Notts amassed 244-8 from their 40 overs, setting Glamorgan a mountain to climb at the interval. What followed was an exceptional performance from the 11 in the field, ending the Welsh side's innings on 157 all out, with seven overs to spare. However, it wasn't all plain sailing for the Outlaws.
"It was a little bit hairy for a while, when we got to four down," said Gurney.
We always knew that we had experience down the order, Mullaney went in and played his cameo at the end with Swanny having got some runs up at Durham in the LV= County Championship this week.
"He has continued that form from there, struck it really well and got us up to what I thought was a very competitive total.
"On a normal day that's a par total, you'd say because it's a final you can knock possibly thirty off that because of the pressure, particularly because it was a run chase.
"At half time we were quietly confident and knew that we had to go out there and bowl well, and we did."
Notts have been identified as one of the teams to beat in white-ball cricket in recent years, and this trophy ends a 24-year wait for one-day silverware. For Gurney, however, it is a statement of intent, and a look toward Nottinghamshire dominating the shorter forms of the game.
"We've performed very well here, on a big stage," he said.
"We have a young squad here today. The senior players have still got three or four years left in them, and then there's a good crop of us in our early to mid-twenties.
"Hopefully we can really cement our position as one of the teams to beat in white ball cricket for many years to come."