Notts Outlaws face a shootout for silverware this weekend, having reached the final of this summer's Yorkshire Bank 40 competition. Notts will face Glamorgan, who surprised many by seeing off holders Hampshire in the first semi-final.
The Outlaws go into the final as favourites, and boast a strong squad boosted further by the inclusion of England duo Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann. Former Notts batsman Chris Broad, however, was quick to push that notion to one side.
“Paper has nothing to do with the final result of a cricket match,” he said.
“It must be awful for Jake, to miss out as cruelly as he has, but Notts will be pleased to include Stuart and Swanny.
“On occasions like this you have to play your best XI, and the inclusion of two full England internationals can only be good news.
“It’ll be a new challenge for them too; domestic finals are completely different to international matches.
“It’s a different atmosphere, but the trophy will be quite the carrot, so I don’t think there will be any problems in motivation.”
Broad is no stranger to Lord's, he made his test debut at the ground in 1984, as well as being part of the Nottinghamshire side who lifted the Benson & Hedges Cup against Essex in 1989. The match was won in extraordinary fashion, Eddie Hemmings scoring an unlikely four off the final ball.
"I remember the commentary ‘He’s got it away! It’s going up the slope!’" Chris Broad.
"The 1989 final was legendary, Eddie Hemmings winning the game in the way he did… it’s unforgettable," he said.
"The 243 set by Essex was a decent score. We started slowly, but worked our way back into the game and then the finish was nailbiting.
"I’ll never forget the last ball. Essex moved the fielder from point on the boundary up to a one saving position, and moving one to deep midwicket. It’s not a shot that Hemmings played very often.
"Lever then bowled the perfect ball, Yorker length and on leg stump. Somehow Eddie got himself around it and squirted it away. I remember the commentary ‘He’s got it away! It’s going up the slope!’"
A memorable day for Broad, alongside a team involving the likes of Derek Randall, Tim Robinson, Bruce French and Franklyn Stephenson. Broad was confident in the quality of this side to win the YB40 trophy, some 24 years after Nottinghamshire's Benson & Hedges Cup triumph.
"The weather looks to be set fair, and hopefully the lads can emulate that success," he said.
"Obviously the format has changed slightly, but it’s still long enough to have a match that will ebb and flow.
"I don’t want them to have to go through what we did, but I hope the match is an exciting one."
Broad is currently championing the work of The Broad Appeal, the charity set up by the family in tragic circumstances which aims to raise awareness and funds to fight Motor Neurone Disease. The charity had a strong presence on day three of Trent Bridge's Ashes Test, and are looking to continue to develop.
"We have a number of ideas and avenues to go down with regard to events to raise awareness and funds," he said.
"The Broad Appeal’s presence at Trent Bridge’s Ashes Test was excellent for us.
"We reached a lot of people, and it was pleasantly surprising to see how many people came to see us, donated, bought t-shirts.
"These were people from across the world, including a healthy contingent of Australian fans.
"It’s an ongoing project, and we’ll continue to work hard to fight Motor Neurone Disease."
To donate to The Broad Appeal, text 'BROA99' with the amount you would like to donate (e.g. £1 or £5) to 70070