Glamorgam v Durham Royal London One Day Cup FINAL
Neil Whitaker reports
GLAMORGAN won their first one day final at their fourth attempt by beating Durham by 58 runs with 29 balls to spare at Trent Bridge. Their last wicket pair of Luke Carey and Michael Hogan batted for 29 balls to make sure Glamorgan got their full 50 overs and added 33 for the tenth wicket to get Glamorgan pose a tough target. Durham skipper Scott Borthwick won the toss in overcast conditions and put Glamorgan in. Glamorgan opener Hamish Rutherford flicked the consistent Chris Rushworth off his legs for the first six of the match in the fifth over but when he tried repeating the shot to end the over he was short and found Alex Lees on the fine leg boundary. Steven Reingold took a couple of steps down the wicket to Ben Raine and edged him and stumper Cameron Bancroft took a great one handed catch to his right, the first of Raine’s three wickets in his 10 overs. After losing two quick wickets and facing a strong Durham batting line up Glamorgan knew they had to take their time but they needed a partnership on which they could build on and they found one. Skipper Kiran Carlson and Nick Selman added 106 in 16 overs to give the Glamorgan fans hope. Carlson dominated the partnership and top scored with 82. He drove Raine to the extra cover boundary; he must have had his heart in his mouth when edged the next ball but fortunately it was wide off second slip. Glamorgan should have lost their third wicket when Carlson on 11 played Rushworth to Sean Dickson at point and set off for a single and Selman on 18 was gone for all money if Dickson’s throw had been on target but it was wide. Carlson gently played Luke Doneathy back over his head for a straight six to take Glamorgan near to the hundred mark as Glamorgan scored 14 in that over. In the next over from the Pavillion end Carlson went down the wicket to Borthwick and brutally smashed him into the Pavilion. He reached his fifty off 40 balls with three sixes and five fours when he pulled Borthwick over the square leg boundary. To curb the runs Borthwick brought back Matty Potts and Carlson greeted his return with a boundary through extra cover and helped the next ball to the fine leg boundary. Carlson late cut Liam Trevaskis to the third man boundary to bring up the Glamorgan 150 and the hundred partnership with Selman. Durham came back into the match with three wickets in 13 balls for three runs. First they broke the partnership when Selman didn’t get hold of a pull and the ball looped to Lees at mid on. Potts got his second wicket with his next ball when he trapped Billy Root who was stuck on the crease leg before. But the brother of Joe can count himself to be unlucky to be given out as the television replay showed the ball to have pitched outside the leg stump. Durham got the prize wicket of Carlson when he tried running Potts through the vacant slip area but feathered it to Bancroft. Potts finished the innings with three wickets for 55. Joe Cooke launched Trevaskis over the deep mid wicket boundary for a big six. After hitting a run a ball 29 in a partnership of 43 with Cullen, Cooke tried pulling a poor ball from Borthwick but without moving an inch Potts at square leg took the catch. Tom Cullen swept Trevaskis to the square leg boundary. He also smashed him straight for another boundary. Andy Salter went down the wicket to Borthwick and fiercely hit him to long off for a single as the ball passed Borthwick he got a fingertip to it as he went straight off. He was replaced by Doneathy who got a wicket. After adding a quick 37 in four overs with Salter, Cullen got too far under a pull and Doneathy shouted for it as he raced from the bowlers crease for 15 yards, dove and took the catch. Salter tried to pull Raine but top edged it and the ball simply went straight up in the air and Bancroft took his third catch. Former Durham player James Weighell flat batted Potts for straight six but in the next over his luck ran out when he top edged a smear of Raine but found Graham Clark on the point boundary who managed not to cross the line. Durham started their chase confidently. On 11 Clark survived a strong leg before appeal from Hogan, he had another life on 12 when he edged Hogan to Selman at slip who spilled the low chance. To rub salt in the Glamorgan wounds he three quick fours two off Carey and a straight driven four off Hogan. At the end of their first powerplay Durham had scored 45 without loss while Glamorgan had made 44 for the loss of Rutherford. Durham lost their first wicket when off spinner Salter turned one past the left hander Lees and took his off bail. Clark danced down the wicket to Salter and lofted over mid off for a one bounce four. He backed away from Salter to drill him for a six but found Weighell on the deep mid wicket boundary. Weighell did Borthwick with a slower ball and he chipped the ball to Reingold at mid wicket. Salter got his third wicket when David Bedingham dragged him to Weighell at deep mid wicket. Durham had lost three wickets for 10 runs in 26 balls. It took Durham six more overs to reach the 100 mark as the Glamorgan bowlers applied pressure on Bancroft and Dickson by bowling wicket to wicket. When Bancroft pulled Cooke to the mid wicket boundary to bring up the 100 it was the first Durham boundary for five overs. Bancroft hit consecutive fours off Carey to take him into the forties, the first of which brought up the fifty partnership. He punished a short ball from Reingold and pulled him to the square leg boundary. His fifty came from 50 balls and included four fours. But he pulled a short ball from Reingold to the substitute fielder on the square leg boundary. With Dickson they added 85 in 15 overs. Dickson danced down the wicket to Reingold and drove him to the extra cover boundary. He reached his fifty from balls with five fours he went to hit an unbeaten 84 but after the departure of Bancroft Durham kept losing wickets. At the end of their second powerplay Durham were 196 for five compared with Glamorgan’s 210 for six. Raine tried to flat bat Cooke but top edged it to Hogan at mid off who took a simple catch. With over ten an over required it was up to Dickson to get Durham home. Doneathy tried to flat bat Carey for a four but top edged it and Carlson took the catch after he had steadied himself. With Dickson, Doneathy added 28 in three overs. Potts tried to cut a ball which was too close to him to cut and Cullen took a simple catch and Carey nearly ran to the boundary. After hitting a quick nine Trevaskis smashed Cooke to Selman who did well to avoid colliding with his skipper. Rushworth nicked his only ball to Cullen. It was Glamorgan’s first trophy since 2004 and captain Carlson said: “It’s the cherry on the top of the cake.This game has showed how exciting the game can be. Durham were the strongest batting line up in the competition and I went out there with the freedom and everyone in the lower order made contributions.” Man of the match Salter said: “It was a great win for the lads and I am really enjoying it. I thought we had a good score but knew that we had to bowl well and take our chances. It was great to contribute.” Durham’s skipper Borthwick said: “I am very proud of the boys and what they have achieved throughout the competition but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. But we are back on track by reaching our first final.”August 20, 2021 9:36 am
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