Tuesday 18 November 2008 

Q&A - Eoin Morgan And Shaun Udal

EOIN MORGAN - Middlesex CCC, squad number 7

Q.) Do you feel your Twenty20 performances this year have aided your call up to the England Lions squad to play South Africa this year?

A.) Yes, I think without doubt they have. I feel that the Twenty20 competition this season has allowed me to express myself.

Q.) How does playing for Middlesex and winning finals day compare with representing Ireland in the World Cup?

A.) They are both great highlights in my career, but winning the Twenty20 was definitely more rewarding.

Q.) Explain how you felt when Tyron's last over was completed in the final and the cup was actually yours?

A.) Ecstatic!

Q.) What was your highlight of the finals day?

A.) Winning the competition!

 

 

SHAUN UDAL - Middlesex CCC, squad number 8

Q.) How much of an advantage was it to Middlesex to be able to watch the first semi final before you guys took on Durham?

A.) Without doubt, being able to watch the first of the semi finals was a big advantage for us. It allowed us to assess the pace of the pitch etc and adopt a style and tactical approach to suit the conditions.

Q.) You've been instrumental to Middlesex's success in so many Twenty20 games this season - what do you put this down to?

A.) My success can largely be put down to my years of experience in my opinion. It teaches you not to panic in tight situations and to keep a level head at all times.

Q.) An amazing return to the Rosebowl for you, and a great reception from many of the locals! Any mixed feelings and how did it feel to be so crucial to Middlesex's success in the competition having been overlooked by Hampshire in the Twenty20 last year?

A.) Not playing for Hampshire in last years Twenty20 really hurt me, as I felt I was worthy of selection. This made me feel that I had a point to prove this year, which I have now categorically done! Having said that, the reception I got from the member's and fans at the finals day was absolutely awesome when I returned to the Rosebowl, a sentiment which I was always be extremely grateful for.

Q.) What will be your lasting memory of finals day?

A.) A horrible feeling in that last over of thinking we'd lost it and then we'd won it!

Q.) How have you found playing for Middlesex differs from the experiences you had at Hampshire?

A.) It really hasn't felt hugely different this year at Middlesex. I've managed to relax and play without putting too much pressure on myself. The results have been good, which has made it thoroughly enjoyable.

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