Mott: Lord's final could be turning point for Glamorgan
OUTGOING Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott believes Saturday's stunning YB40 semi-final victory over Hampshire could signal a major turning point for the Welsh county.
After a number of trophy-less years, Glamorgan will have a rare tilt at silverware at Lord's on September 21.
And Mott is convinced the confidence gained from reaching a showpiece final will filter right through the ranks at the Swalec Stadium.
"We hope it will be turning point in Glamorgan's recent history," said the Australian, who returns home at the end of the season after three summers at the helm.
"Everyone sits down at the beginning of the season and says they want to win a trophy and this is our chance to do so.
"We have struggled in four-day cricket this season, but I am sure we will more than make up for that if we can get over the line."
It will be Glamorgan's first appearance at the home of cricket since a side containing the likes of Matthew Maynard, Robert Croft, Matthew Elliott, Steve Watkin, Adrian Shaw and Steve James were beaten by Gloucestershire in the 2000 Benson & Hedges Cup final.
"You should never take these things for granted," said Mott.
"I remember speaking to Mark Wallace who experienced success when he was a youngster in the squad.
"He presumed it was going to happen every year, but it has not happened for a long time.
"These things are pretty special."
Following the disappointment of missing out on qualification for the T20 knockout stages, Glamorgan have hoisted themselves off the canvas in the 40-over format.
They won four out of their last five games in the group stages to qualify for the semi-finals as the best runners-up and made the most of their big day in the sun at the Ageas Bowl, producing a high-quality display to see off a Hampshire side who were defending champions and overwhelming favourites going into the match.
"We were all disappointed with the loss of momentum in the T20 tournament, but we have played really good one-day cricket all year and we are riding the crest of a wave now," said Mott.
"We have a versatility in our squad.
"You look at the likes of Ruaidhri Smith and Andrew Salter who are looking at home in county cricket and you add that to the nucleus of good senior guys and there are some encouraging signs going forward."
For Mott it could be an emotional farewell to what has been a roller-coaster ride in the Glamorgan hot seat.
"I have never been to a Lord's final and I am expecting it to be am amazing day and an amazing atmosphere," he added.
"Everyone is excited about it, but we are not just going there for a day out, we are going there to win.
"We had good travelling support for the semi-final and it was hard at times to know who the home support was.
"Everyone had told me that if we started having success you will see everyone come out in droves and hopefully you will see that at Lord's. As for me, people have asked whether my situation has changed. The decision has been made and the timing was right and we leave with no regrets.
"We have had a fantastic three years and made some lifelong friends.
"We will always look out for this place."