SOMERSET batsman Johann Myburgh says he feels "blessed" to be able to end his career with a shot at a trophy as he seeks a fairytale conclusion to his 20-year professional career.

The 37-year-old has been a key man across all formats during his five seasons in Taunton, latterly transforming himself into a destructive limited-overs batsman.

Myburgh will open the batting for Somerset at finals day having led the side off in the quarter-final victory over Nottinghamshire to mark his final match in Taunton.

Reflecting on that memorable day, Myburgh said: "It was a very special day and it’s hard to put into words.

"It’s something I’ll remember for a long time. It was very unexpected – the way the crowd reacted was very humbling and moving.

“I’ve played all around the world but winning that quarter-final at home and the way people reacted is something I will treasure and remember for a long time."

Looking ahead to the challenge that awaits Somerset at Edgbaston on Saturday, the batsman added: "The guys are well prepared. We are not a young side and we have all played plenty of cricket.

"We have a lot of character in our side and we’ll go into it full of confidence. As much as we will be feeling a bit nervous, so will everyone else – it’s a big day.

"You’ll try and use the energy of the day but once everything starts and everyone gets into their routines and usual preparations – once you cross the rope the guys will be focused.

"The day will go very quickly so we’ll have to focus on what we have to do.

"I suppose [having beaten semi-final opponents Sussex in the group stage] gives you a small boost, knowing you’ve beaten strong opposition.

"But on the day it’s a different match, different pitch, different conditions, so we will have to play well and adapt quickly to what is in front of us.

"It will be a great day to be a part of. It happens to be my last one or two games and I’m blessed to be able to end it like that."

Myburgh, who has previously represented Hampshire and Durham in English domestic cricket as well as playing in South Africa and New Zealand, has taken Taunton to heart during his spell in the county town.

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it," he said.

"My wife has enjoyed it, my little boy loves it – he was born here – so it has been great.

"You don’t know where my coaching path will take me – maybe one day it will take me back here. When I can I’ll be back visiting and watching."

Here is what Myburgh's teammates and coaches had to say ahead of the batsman's farewell...

Lewis Gregory, Somerset T20 captain: “Myby is one of the nicest blokes around.

“What he has done for the club has been phenomenal and how he has settled into the dressing room has been amazing.

“It’s a really sad moment when someone like that decides to move on but he’s been a great servant for the club and we’ve all made a great friend.

“I’m sure he will stay in touch with the club. It was a really nice way to send him off here at home, winning a quarter-final in front of a full house with him leading us off.”

Jason Kerr, Somerset head coach: “Everyone knows what a great bloke Johann is, but what goes unnoticed is how good he has been behind the scenes.

“He’s been a great person to have around for the last few years. He’s incredibly patient and has done brilliantly this year. Hopefully we can send him off with a huge smile on his face.”

Max Waller, Somerset spinner: “I was so pleased for the whole team when we got to finals day, but particularly for Johann.

“To finish his career with a trophy would be brilliant and that’s what we will all be aiming for.”