Royal London Cup Final: Glamorgan beat Durham by 58 runs at Trent Bridge
Glamorgan ended a 58-year wait to win a first one-day final when they beat favourites Durham by 58 runs to lift the Royal London Cup at Trent Bridge.
Glamorgan vs Durham, Royal London One-Day Cup Final
Glamorgan 296/9 (50 ov)
Durham 238/10 (45.1 ov)
Result - Glamorgan won by 58 runs
Kiran Carlson, chosen to captain the side at just 23 years old after club skipper Chris Cooke was selected by Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred, top scored with 82 from 59 balls as he led the Welsh county to their first silverware since winning the totesport National League in 2004.
There were half-centuries for Sean Dickson (84 not out) and Cameron Bancroft (55) as Durham sought to chase down a target of 297 to win but the northeast side ultimately could not recover from the damage inflicted by off-spinner Andrew Salter, who removed their top three batting threats in reducing them to 74 for four.
Salter - with veteran seamer Michael Hogan one of just two survivors from the side beaten by Nottinghamshire at Lord’s in 2013 in their last appearance in a final - finished with three for 42 as Glamorgan prevailed in a final at the fourth attempt.
Matty Potts and Ben Raine returned from their stint with Northern Superchargers in The Hundred to take three wickets each after Durham skipper Scott Borthwick had opted to bowl first, although both also leaked runs at the death.
After Glamorgan had been 51 for two after 12 overs, Carlson and Nick Selman (36) added 106 in 15.4 overs to give the innings substance, Carlson going past his previous List A best of 63 as he hit 10 fours and three sixes.
Potts rocked the Welsh county three wickets in eight balls as Selman mistimed a pull to mid-on, Billy Root was lbw first ball and Carlson fell to a beauty that found the edge. From 157 for two, Glamorgan were 160 for five.
But they recovered handsomely to post their highest score in the competition this year, Salter hitting 33 off 22 balls as the last 13 overs added 106 despite the loss of four more wickets, although a finger injury suffered by Borthwick fielding off his own bowling did not help Durham’s cause.
Prolific Durham openers Graham Clark and Alex Lees, boasting a partnership average in the competition of almost 93, were parted at 47 this time, Carlson turning to Salter’s off-spin in the 11th over and seeing an immediate dividend as his fourth delivery went past the bat of left-hander Lees to clip off stump.
Clark, well set on 40 from 54, perished trying to hit the spinner over the midwicket boundary and things unravelled further for Durham as Borthwick chipped a Weighell slower ball gently to mid-on and David Bedingham followed Clark in lofting Salter straight to deep midwicket.
Bancroft and Dickson added 85 to bring the target down to 138 from 17 overs but Bancroft then pulled off-spinner Steven Reingold straight to deep backward square to go for 55 and though Dickson was still there at the end he ran out of partners as Joe Cooke and Lukas Carey weighed in with two wickets each before 40-year-old Hogan had Chris Rushworth caught behind to spark the celebrations.
Glamorgan man of the match Andrew Salter, who took three key wickets and made an important 33 runs with the bat, said:
“It is a great day for the club and when I look back on today I would say it is probably the biggest performance of my career.
“I look back on 2013 and the final at Lord’s, when I was 20 or 21 and was just trying to bowl straight and hoping it didn’t bounce twice and with the nerves and the excitement that day just flew by, so it is nice to kind of revisit that day by playing in a final with a bit more experience, and to help the boys out is something special.
“I always get a bit excited when a leftie comes to the crease and that one straightened nicely to Lees, which got me into my spell. But I didn’t do anything special, just tried to build some pressure and bowl some dots and hope that when they take that risk and hit out I’ve got the fielders in the right place and I bowl the right delivery.
“I’d like to make a special mention of Kiran, who has led the boys with maturity and played a captain’s innings today. To see a young player like him taking the reins and backing it up with a big innings, it’s an exciting time for the club.
“We have come into this competition without a lot of expectation, as real underdogs. We lost a lot of our key players to The Hundred, so that gave us a bit of freedom to play and see what we could do. Fingers crossed it is not going to be the last trophy for a while.”
Durham’s top scorer Sean Dickson, who finished 84 not out, said:
“When it comes to finals there is always an element of pressure and losing two or three quick wickets up front was not what we wanted. That always puts you on the back foot but myself and Bancroft put together a good partnership and if he hits that one for six rather than finding the man on the boundary we are away again.
“I’d like to think that with me at the wicket we still had a chance. We just needed a couple more partnerships and that might have got us over the line.
“With hindsight we maybe leaked a few more runs that we would have liked in the first innings. We would have liked to be chasing 170 but it is a good wicket and a fast outfield and all credit to Glamorgan - they have outplayed us today.
“But we have played some outstanding cricket during the competition and there is a lot of pride in reaching the final. We can only hold our heads high. As a club we are growing every day and we have a squad that is only going to take us forward.”
Glamorgan Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Hamish Rutherford - 4.6 ov), 2-51 (Steven Reingold - 11.6 ov), 3-157 (Nicholas Selman - 27.4 ov), 4-157 (Billy Root - 27.5 ov), 5-160 (Kiran Carlson - 29.5 ov), 6-203 (Joe Cooke - 38.4 ov), 7-240 (Tom Cullen - 42.6 ov), 8-250 (Andrew Salter - 44.5 ov), 9-263 (James Weighell - 46.1 ov)
Durham Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Alex Lees - 10.4 ov), 2-64 (Graham Clark - 14.6 ov), 3-73 (Scott Borthwick - 17.2 ov), 4-74 (David Bedingham - 18.2 ov), 5-159 (Cameron Bancroft - 33.1 ov), 6-198 (Ben Raine - 40.3 ov), 7-226 (Luke Doneathy - 43.1 ov), 8-227 (Matty Potts - 43.4 ov), 9-238 (Liam Trevaskis - 44.6 ov), 10-238 (Chris Rushworth - 45.1 ov)
Glamorgan - Hamish Rutherford, Nick Selman, Kiran Carlson(c), Billy Root, Steven Reingold, Tom Cullen(wk), Joe Cooke, Andrew Salter, James Weighell, Lukas Carey, Michael Hogan
Durham - Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Scott Borthwick(c), David Bedingham, Cameron Bancroft(wk), Sean Dickson, Liam Trevaskis, Ben Raine, Matthew Potts, Luke Doneathy, Chris Rushworth
Start Time: 13:00
Toss: Durham won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Officials: Neil Mallender, Steve O'Shaughnessy, Michael Burns, Dean Cosker
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