Jamie Porter dreaming of Lord’s final and ready for Essex’s big semi-final with Nottinghamshire
PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 June 2017
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The 24-year-old has enjoyed another stellar campaign and is keen to help the Eagles qualify for their first One-Day Cup final since 2008
Jamie Porter knows reaching a Lord’s final will mean Essex can look back on their 2017 campaign as a success and that is the motivation ahead of tomorrow’s Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final with Nottinghamshire.
The Eagles play host to Peter Moores’ team at Chelmsford (1.30pm start) for what is set to be an exciting contest.
But after a brilliant season so far, the former Oak Park High School pupil is confident of success in front of Essex’s supporters.
Porter said: “We want a Lord’s final. That is what we are after as well as winning the County Championship Division One and the T20 title. That would be nice!
“We want to win every competition we play in, but I think reaching a Lord’s final would make it a pretty special season regardless of what happens.”
Despite the magnitude of tomorrow’s match, the atmosphere in the Essex camp is one of calm and focus.
They have played magnificently for almost all of their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign and believe in their ability.
In actual fact, Chris Silverwood’s team have been strong all year and have only lost once in all three different formats.
“There is a lot of excitement around the place. It is a big game for the club and we are actually pretty chilled at the moment,” said Porter.
“We are playing good cricket, so we are taking that momentum into the match with us, which is good.”
Nottinghamshire needed to beat Somerset at Taunton in the quarter-finals on Tuesday to reach the last four.
It was a memorable tie, as the Outlaws scored 429-9 from their 50 overs and were able to dismiss the hosts for 405.
Porter was happy Essex didn’t have to worry about a quarter-final clash and expressed the overriding feeling in the Eagles camp.
He added: “I suppose it is nice to have one less game to play. It gives us a bit more time to prepare and look at them.
“We have a rough idea which team they are going to play tomorrow and we are all pretty chilled right now.”
For Porter, who started with Essex League club side Fives & Heronians, this is set to be one of the biggest games of his career.
But the confident seamer is more excited than nervous and pleased Eagles have the advantage of playing at home after topping their group.
“As a bowler I know how to bowl at this ground and I am comfortable here,” said Porter, who picked up 4-40 in his last Royal London One-Day Cup game on home soil.
“The batters know the dimensions and scoring areas, so it is definitely a massive advantage to be playing at Chelmsford.”