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Jamie Porter all set for final against rivals Somerset in the Bob Willis trophy final
Jamie Porter all set for final against rivals Somerset in the Bob Willis trophy final
Jamie Porter all set for final against rivals Somerset in the Bob Willis trophy final
Cricket Jamie Porter all set for final against rivals Somerset in the Bob...

Jamie Porter all set for final against rivals Somerset in the Bob Willis trophy final

Jamie Porter said he expects to continue battling for titles with Sommerset but would like to win the Bob Willis trophy to have an edge in their rivalry. While the entire format of county cricket’s red-ball competition was changed as a result of the pandemic, with the two-division structure revised into three geographical groups, the identity of the teams who will take the field on Wednesday in a five-day Lord’s showpiece are entirely familiar.

“I’m happy that it’s Somerset we are playing at Lord’s because, apart from us, they are the best side out there,” Porter said. “We do believe we are the best side in the country and that comes off the back of our achievements. We want to defend the title, even though it’s not the same one this year.”

“Our job is to rob them of some more silverware because they are our main contenders for these titles and, if I wanted to give them as much credit as possible, I’d say they will be for the next few years,” he added. “We were fortunate to play them in what was a kind of decider last year too, but I haven’t given that occasion much thought. Maybe it’s a bigger thing for them than us.”

“I had a chat with the national selector Ed Smith but it was hard to really grasp where I was [in the pecking order] at the time,” Porter continued. “With a 55-man squad, in my opinion, it looks like it’s down to more than just one or two people overtaking me. But at the end of the day, it’s a little bit irrelevant because selection – whether it’s England or Essex – it’s all a matter of opinion. Unfortunately, the opinions of the decision-makers weren’t in my favour so it’s my job to bounce back and change that.”

 

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