IAN ROBINSON has admitted there is a bit of trepidation ahead of Ormskirk's historic appearance at The Oval this week – but it is not the cricket he is worried about.
Instead, the skipper is nervous about the television interviews with the likes of Dominic Cork and Mark Butcher, as he prepares to face the Sky television cameras.
Ormskirk will travel to London for Friday's ECB National Club T20 finals day, at one of English cricket's iconic venues.
There, they will face off against finals-day regulars Chester-le-Street, with the winners taking on either Banbury, or last season's champions Wimbledon in the final.
Ormskirk expect to take around 100 supporters to London, with a specially-chartered coach travelling from their club on Friday morning. Their 14-man playing squad has already been confirmed.
Robinson admits the scale of the enormity is yet to truly sink in, but joked that it was the thought of giving live television interviews that was handing him sleepless nights.
“That's what I'm more concerned about, not the cricket!” he said. “But in all seriousness, it is going to be such a special occasion for everyone concerned.
“There's a real buzz among the lads. We've watched in recent years as Bootle and Northern have played there, and we were envious then. Now it is our turn and we just can't wait to get out there and get playing.
“We're travelling down Thursday, and we have a dinner at The Oval that night, then it's an early start for me on the Friday, while we wait around for the first semi-final between Wimbledon and Banbury.
“I think it's a bonus for us to be playing second, because it doesn't leave us waiting around between games, if we get to the final that is.
“We've got a coach taking 50 from the club on Friday morning, then another private minibus heading down, and a few getting the train as well. We hope to have around 100, maybe more, there to support us.”