Armagh 1st XI have sights on T20 triumph

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Armagh 1st XI have sights on T20 triumph thumbnail Armagh T20 captain Matthew Steenson is hoping his side can overcome Woodvale in the final this Sunday.

ARMAGH 1st XI have a chance to claim some silverware this Sunday morning (July 23) as they take on Woodvale in the T20 Trophy final in Waringstown.

Matthew Steenson's side have defeated Lurgan, Cliftonville and Bangor on their way to the decider and the Mall captain admitted that 'anything can happen' on the day, such is the nature of Twenty 20 cricket! "We had a really tough game up there against them in the league and it was a really close game.

"It could have gone either way on the day, but we ended up with a defeat, but we know they are a good side but we have the ability in our panel to win come Sunday." Woodvale currently sit top of the NCU Division 1, but Steenson said that while they respect the Belfast side, they don't fear them.

"Listen they are top of our league for a reason, but in the T20 format we have improved with every game and we are in good form going into the game." One mistake can prove costly in Twenty 20 cricket and Steenson admitted that the conditions on the day could be the difference between winning and losing.

"It is a fairly early start at 11.30am so whoever wins the toss could have an advantage.

"There could be a bit of dew still on the pitch and it could speed the whole game up.

"The toss could prove crucial and we know that Woodvale prefer chasing a lead and they will be looking to put us into bat first.

"Anything could happen on the day, T20 is so fast and it can go by in a flash." Armagh settled slowly into the shortened format and Steenson said they have improved dramatically with every game.

"We have improved as the competition has progressed and we were lucky to avoid going out to Lurgan in the opening round and we won by just three wickets in the end.

"We want to continue that trend and keep improving right into the final.

"Make no doubt about it, that this is going to be a very close final and it will be a game where fine margins will be the difference.

"When we played Woodvale in the league we thought we had set them a really good total, but they chased it down and got the win.

"They have some really good players, ones who can change a game and we know we are going to have to be on top form come Sunday morning." Sunday's game takes place at the home of Waringstown Cricket Club at 11.30am.


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