Buttler aiming for silverware
Jos Buttler insists Somerset have no scars from their previous near misses as they aim to be crowned Friends Life t20 champions in Cardiff.
Last Updated: 24/08/12 3:03pm
Jos Buttler believes Somerset can clear the final hurdle this year and be crowned Friends Life t20 champions.
Having finished runners up for the past three seasons, Somerset make the short trip to the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff for finals day hoping to finally get their hands on the trophy again.
They were crowned champions back in 2005 but have since earned the tag of bridesmaids - they have also beaten finalists in the last two years of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition at Lord's.
However Buttler is confident that those near misses of recent years have not left scars in the squad, as they prepare to face Hampshire in the semi-finals.
"There have been a few things we've addressed from previous years and we've looked at a lot of aspects of our game," Buttler told the Wells Journal.
"Those one per cents can make all the difference, so we've tried to put the measures in place to make sure we get them right.
"Pressure is what you make it. The past is the past, so there is no point feeling any burden as it is something we can't change.
"It's a real testament to ourselves that we haven't let it affect us and we keep coming back stronger. We can't think about the past apart from learning from our mistakes to make sure they don't happen again this year."
Buttler - who this week was named in England's squad for the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown in Sri Lanka - is looking forward to the chance of playing on the biggest stage of the domestic summer.
"I really enjoy the big occasions and as a player they are the occasions you want to perform on," he said.
"There are big crowds and the atmosphere is fun, so hopefully it can inspire me to put in a strong performance and help us pick up the win."
As well as Buttler, Somerset will be able to call upon England limited-overs wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter, but batsman Nick Compton has been ruled out with a prolapsed disc.
Alfonso Thomas and Max Waller are winning fitness battles of their own, while Ireland batsman Kevin O'Brien has linked up with the squad.
Meanwhile, Hampshire Twenty20 captain, former England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas, is confident about his side's prospects.
"We have been lucky in having some very good, experienced players come in and help us," he said. "We have just gone with a formula and stuck to it.
"It has worked pretty well up until now and we will keep trying to stick to that.
"I don't think there are any secrets. Everyone has different formulas about how they play...some work and some don't but we have been lucky enough to have a formula that has worked for the last few years."
The opening semi-final in the Welsh capital sees Yorkshire - who have Jonny Bairstow available but are yet to find out if Tim Bresnan will be released by England - take on South Group winners Sussex.