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Napier wants to help fire Essex to Twenty20 glory
7:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in Sport
GRAHAM Napier wants to banish his Finals Day heartache and help fire Essex to Twenty20 glory.
The Colchester-born all-rounder heads to Edgbaston for the showpiece occasion, desperate to end his losing run at the event.
Essex have tasted defeat on three occasions at Finals Day – in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
But ahead of their semi-final against Northants today, Napier believes the disappointment of losing in the past will help to drive him and his team-mates on.
Napier said: “I’ve been involved in three losses in Twenty20 Finals over the years and that is inspiration to do well.
“Finals weekend is the highlight of the season.
“But it can also be a lowlight, as we’ve found out in the past.
“Northants will be a tough side to beat. They’ve managed to sneak under the radar a bit in this competition.
“We’ll have to treat them with a large amount of respect but winning the first game will set us up nicely and give us plenty of belief.”
Essex will head into today’s Finals Day brimming with confidence, following their impressive six-wicket YB40 win over Durham at Chelmsford on Tuesday.
Napier starred with the ball against the Dynamos, claiming impressive figures of five for 21 from his 6.1 overs.
He added: “It was a really good win, from a team aspect and it puts us in a really good frame of mind.
“That was the key and we’re ready to go.
“We’re still competing in every competition and that’s what we wanted, at this stage of the season.
“But it’s a case of now taking every game as it comes along.
“Every year, we have a team meeting and we talk about what we’re aiming for and silverware is a part of that.
“We start out in three competitions and the aim is to go out and achieve that – it’s going to be a vital month for us.”