and welcome to Trent Bridge for what promises to be an exciting day of cricket as Kent and Lancashire meet in the Royal London One-Day Cup final.
Both sides have saved their best cricket for the knockout stages of this competition, turning their respective quarter and semi-finals into one-sided contests.
Lancashire find themselves just one win away from their first win in this competition after successive, comprehensive wins against Nottinghamshire and Sussex. In their quarter-final the Red Roses easily chased down Notts’ 338, after an unbeaten 115 from Steven Croft saw them over the line in the 48th over.
That three-wicket success was followed by arguably an even better display in the semi-final, where a superb bowling effort across the board saw their opponents, Sussex, bowled out for just 254 after Lancs set a competitive total of 319.
With the likes of Keaton Jennings, Croft and Dane Vilas leading what is a dangerous batting order, Lancashire come into this one as clear favourites but they will need to replicate their excellence from the last two rounds if they are to come out on top of a dangerous Kent outfit.
In their quarter-final, 60s from Joey Evison and Joe Denly saw them post Leicestershire 325 in the first innings. With the ball, it was the dynamic Grant Stewart who made the difference, taking 4-42 from just 8.4 overs as Leicestershire were bowled out for just 244.
The next round saw them take on a Hampshire side, who to that point had been the most dominant side in the competition.
After being set a 310 at the Rose Bowl, Kent responded in awesome fashion with 95 from Ollie Robinson laying the foundation for the ageless Darren Stevens (more on him later) to see his side over the line thanks to a superb 84*.
The cream has risen to the top as this tournament has worn on and we should be in for a superb afternoon of county cricket, with the weather set fair here in Nottingham.