Notts trump Glamorgan to take YB40 title


The Nottinghamshire Outlaws ended a two-decade wait for a limited-overs title by beating Glamorgan by 87 runs in Saturday's Yorkshire Bank 40 final at Lord's in London.

The Nottinghamshire Outlaws ended a two-decade wait for a limited-overs title by beating Glamorgan by 87 runs in Saturday's Yorkshire Bank 40 final at Lord's in London.

Nottinghamshire looked in trouble this morning when they were 42 for two, but a 99-run partnership between Chris Read (53) and David Hussey (42) meant Glamorgan were set a record target of 245.

The Welsh side recovered from two early losses but Samit Patel put paid to any hopes of an upset as he took three vital wickets in nine balls and Glamorgan were bowled out with seven overs remaining for 157.

Although they have enjoyed success in four-day cricket, Nottinghamshire have struggled in the shorter formats of the game and this win was their first in a limited-overs competition since they lifted the old Sunday League trophy in 1991.

Much had been made of Graeme Swann's return to the Nottinghamshire XI, but it was Patel who impressed most. The 28-year-old, shunned by England for the ODI series against Australia and highly unlikely to be included in the Ashes squad, bowled superbly, ending with three wickets from his seven overs for just 21 runs.

Patel had to take a back seat at the start of Glamorgan's innings.
Harry Gurney and Ajmal Shahzad did the early damage, removing Mark Wallace (two) and Gareth Rees for 29.

Chris Cooke and Jim Allenby then steadied the ship for the Dragons, scoring at around the run a ball rate required to keep up with Nottinghamshire. Patel's introduction in to the attack changed all that, however, as he took three wickets in nine balls.

The spinner removed Cooke for 46 with a peach of a delivery that pitched on leg and hit off. Patel then dismissed Allenby (34) with a similar delivery before snaring Murray Goodwin for eight by trapping him leg before wicket.

The triple-strike left Glamorgan struggling on 118 for five and Shahzad plunged the Dragons in to even more trouble with two wickets in four balls. Ben Wright found Michael Lumb on the boundary and moments later Andrew Salter joined him in the pavilion when he was out lbw.

Stuart Broad wrapped things up in the 33rd over when he dismissed Dean Cosker (three), Graham Wagg (18) and Simon Jones for a duck as Glamorgan were all out for 157. Earlier in the day Glamorgan showed signs that they might pull off a shock win.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Glamorgan opening bowlers Michael Hogan and medium pacer Allenby restricted Nottinghamshire under gloomy skies in north-west London.

Michael Lumb (28) totally misread a short Salter delivery and spooned the ball back to the bowler to leave Nottinghamshire 52 for one. Jones then struck in the following over, removing Hayles for 18 after he drove to Murray Goodwin at deep cover.

Then another two wickets fell in successive overs as Patel holed out to Rees off Salter for 10 and Jones produced a fine ball which nipped off the seam in to Wallace's gloves via James Taylor's outside edge.

Hussey and Read stabilised the Nottinghamshire innings. Read brought up his 50 in style, swatting Wagg in to the stands over mid-on. The partnership came to an end the following ball, however, when Wright ran Hussey out after a fine piece of fielding at mid-off.

Read then fell for 53 when he sliced Hogan to Cooke. Read's dismissal did not deter Nottinghamshire, though, as Mullaney and Swann turned on the style at the death.

The Outlaws scored 47 in their final four-over powerplay. Wagg bowled Mullaney in the penultimate over as he looked to hit the seamer back down the ground. Swann clipped Hogan over mid-wicket for four in the final over of the innings, and Broad was bowled with the last ball of the innings for a golden duck.