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Cann one run short of joining exclusive club

This year’s Cup Match promises to be a very special one for St George’s stalwart Lionel Cann.

The veteran player is just one run shy of becoming the fourth St George’s batsman and fifth overall to score 1,000 runs in the annual two-day classic.

Cann acknowledges that it would be satisfying to achieve the milestone at the same venue where he made his Cup Match debut exactly two decades ago.

“Joining that exclusive club of greats would be a great thing that will show all the hard work and commitment and things like that,” he said. “I look forward to it and if it comes I’m sure it will touch me in some way because when you start out you don’t even think about things like that.”

While reaching the milestone would put a big feather in his cap, Cann said the main priority remains winning the cup back from Somerset. And he believes the new-look team his club’s selectors have chosen will be equal to the task at hand.

“This is a balanced team that has potential and is capable of getting the job done,” he said.

St George’s have made six changes from their previous squad and included four colts (Lateef Trott, Christian Burgess, Zeko Burgess and Onias Bascome) in their team.

“These are all quality players so they are not rookies,” Cann noted. “They are all capable of doing the job.

“Obviously the selectors have taken bold steps to rebuild for the future, and the youngsters they have picked have all been doing well this season.”

Cann, who stroked a maiden Cup Match century at Wellington Oval twoyears ago, said team harmony will be key factor in St George’s’ victory bid on home turf.

“It’s all about team bonding and everybody doing their role,” he added. “Obviously last year we wasn’t a good unit collectively and Somerset were and we faltered.”

Earlier this week Somerset coach Jeff Richardson said St George’s team this year was weaker on paper than the previous one that suffered a heavy ten wicket defeat.

In response to Richardson’s remarks, Cann said:“ Everybody has their own opinion but I don’t like to use the word weaker. Every time a big name comes off the list people say the team is weaker.

“People said India would be weaker without Laxman, Sehwag and Dravid when they retired, but look at the guys that came in with all that class and filled their shoes.”

Lionel Cann believes St George's colts will be equal to the task.

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Published July 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm (Updated July 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm)

Cann one run short of joining exclusive club

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