Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire, YB40 final, Lord's September 21, 2013

Nottinghamshire sweep to YB40 victory


Nottinghamshire 244 for 8 (Read 53, Hussey 42) beat Glamorgan 157 (Patel 3-21, Broad 3-29, Shahzad 3-33) by 87 runs
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Nottinghamshire claimed their first piece of one-day silverware in more than two decades with a dominant 87-run victory at Lord's. Chris Read top-scored with a run-a-ball half-century, only his second fifty in all cricket this season, after Glamorgan chose to bowl and their total proved too challenging for the Welsh county, who succumbed for 157 as Samit Patel, Ajmal Shahzad and Stuart Broad shared nine wickets.

Nottinghamshire had been the outstanding team in this, the final YB40 competition before the return of 50-over cricket next season. Their XI featured nine internationals and the gulf in class told, condemning Glamorgan to a third defeat in three Lord's finals.

Simon Jones, in possibly his final appearance for Glamorgan, and Andrew Salter, the 20-year-old offspinner, had prevented the favourites from bullying them with two wickets apiece but Read and the lower order cranked up the run rate, as 99 came from the last ten overs. That proved the difference, as Glamorgan, 144 for 5 at the 30-over mark, lost their last five wickets for 13 runs in the batting Powerplay. Broad, whose mistimed attempt at a catch had earlier left his England team-mate Graeme Swann scowling, claimed the final three wickets in a single over.

Swann, who along with Broad had been parachuted into the team that beat Somerset in the semi-final, at least had the consolation of biffing a merry 29 with the bat but it was Patel and Shahzad, England internationals themselves, who caught the eye in ripping the heart of out Glamorgan.

Patel, recently on record expressing his chagrin at being left out of England's limited-overs squads, reinforced his credentials with the crucial wickets of Chris Cooke and Jim Allenby, Glamorgan's leading run-scorers in the competition, both bowled by deliveries that turned. He took 3 for 4 in nine deliveries, derailing the run chase from a useful position of 108 for 2 in the 19th. Read, whose glovework was once the stuff of England selectors' dreams, showed his captaincy nous too, bringing up deep midwicket to encourage Murray Goodwin to sweep and helping Patel to his third wicket.

Broad took the new ball on his 40-over debut for Nottinghamshire (his last domestic one-day game was in 2008) but it was the uncapped left-armer Harry Gurney who made the breakthrough, having Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace caught at slip.

Gurney might have taken wickets with his first three deliveries, as Cooke edged short of the slips and was then beaten by a delivery angled across him. Broad, too, could have dismissed Cooke with an lbw appeal adjudged to be fractionally too high but he also took some tap as Gareth Rees rattled a couple of pulls to the boundary. Rees became the first wicket for Shahzad, who might been squeezed out of the team by Broad and Swann's inclusion had Jake Ball not suffered a back injury but finished as Nottinghamshire's leading YB40 wicket-taker.

Read went to his half-century with a driven six over long-on and batted with an energy befitting the occasion, lifting the tempo in an attempt to lead his team to a first one-day trophy since the 1991 Sunday League. His 99-run partnership with David Hussey revived Nottinghamshire from 90 for 4, overcoming a diligent Glamorgan display in the field.

Lord's finals are supposed to come with a last blazing of summer sun but, with one more round of the Championship still to play, perhaps someone had got their orders mixed up. After a sedate start under leaden skies, Michael Lumb signalled Nottinghamshire's intentions as the designated 'bigger boys' in this playground scrap by climbing into Allenby in the final Powerplay over. A muscle through midwicket was followed by a thick-edged slash to third man, then a full-blooded mow over wide long-on, as 14 runs came from three deliveries and beat out an ominous tattoo for Glamorgan.

Jones, one of England's most fragile, fleeting talents but as Welsh as Dylan Thomas, was introduced from the Pavilion End and he raged against the dying of the light in tandem with Salter.

Salter, who will have to put up with plenty of Robert Croft comparisons if continues on his current trajectory, became the third Glamorgan player to take a wicket with his first delivery in Championship cricket last month and he struck second ball here, an offbreak gripping a little to find Lumb's leading edge. The opening stand had been worth 52 but, with light drizzle falling and cries of "Oh Glammy, Glammy!" beginning to echo round the ground, the mood changed.

These teams were unfamiliar participants in Lord's finals - Glamorgan's most recent was in 2000, Nottinghamshire's 11 years further back - and their supporters also took a while to adapt to the rarefied surroundings. There was no mistaking the roar that accompanied Jones' dismissal of Alex Hales, however, caught spooning a catch to deep cover in his first-ever appearance at Lord's.

The ground was only half full, so the window panes of St John's Wood residents were not under threat from Welsh arias, but the decibel level rose as Patel picked out mid-off with a lazy drive and Jones then removed James Taylor with a delivery that seamed and bounced to kiss the edge. Jones, who will play only T20 cricket from now on, had spoken beforehand of the passion Glamorgan play with and the evidence was there in his emotional celebration.

Salter, by now bowling with a slip, had never before taken three wickets in a List A innings and he was denied his best figures when Rees dropped Hussey, a low chance at mid-off. From that point on, Glamorgan's big day out only got worse.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • John on September 22, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    PS saw the draw being made for next year's competition.

    I'm not sure I like the idea of (in T20 some of the teams only playing each other once) But I wonder (whether it be 2 or 3 groups) would the 50 over comp not make better sense to be regionalised?

  • John on September 22, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    @ markatnotts on (September 22, 2013, 10:00 GMT) The Jos thing is done and dusted and was poor organisation by ECB. Notts have a much deeper squad (esp in T20) so us losing Jos is prob akin to Notts losing their opening pair. I don't think there is a song and dance about it and if you read my comms on my last thread to you - read the part where I say "If I was a Notts fan..."

    OK one difference between calling up Swann or Broad rather than a reserve is that the reserve player would likely have been in the squad for all the group matches and probably would think he was next in line. Maybe I'm getting too caught up with how these players might feel. It's just my opinion which is as valid as anyone's on these threads

    BTW I didn't make up the opinion poles or anything so you can't blame me for that.

  • Pundit on September 22, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Are those Samit Patel haters....watching.! Look at the other bowlers contribution. Hope people,have been watching his batting as well. There are lot of bias people around!!

  • Mark on September 22, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    You just can't let the Josh Buttler thing go can you? Notts have suffered far more in recent years, sometimes it is just going to happen like that. And I keep making the point, why has their been such a big song and dance about Notts doing what most other counties in a similar situation have done in recent years. We have had opinion polls and whole articles on whole non issue. You still can't explain the difference between Notts playing say Stuart Broad or another Notts player who hadn't previously played in any of the group games.

  • John on September 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    @Garry Marsh on (September 22, 2013, 4:02 GMT) No one's saying they shouldn't be ALLOWED to play the England players. Just a personal preference re picking the team which got them there.A shame England weren't as generous to Hants and Somerset who each missed their most valuable player (who played the group matches) at the semi final stage

  • James on September 22, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Swann got smacked around at 6 an over, hardly a good replacement this time though.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    What a lot of nonsense. Notts have 20+ contracted players, all of whom can play in any match (international commitments allowing). Glamorgan have the right to play any of their contracted players. No debate. The Welsh team did well to reach to the final but Notts were clearly the bettet all-round team on paper and so it proved on the day. Well done Notts, a long overdue one day trophy!

  • Brian on September 21, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Congratulations on their trophy to Nottinghamshire, although even ignoring the 9 international players in their line-up compared to Glamorgan's 2 (and 2 creaking veterans at that), a fly in the ointment is that they had an extra rest day ahead of the final thanks to an inept display in the county championship against championship-chasing Durham, whereas Glamorgan denied themselves such an opportunity by putting up a spirited display in their division against promotion-chasing Essex. And all this even though Glamorgan had less incentive to battle for a draw, given that unlike Nottinghamshire they don't face an outside threat of relegation. Well Nottinghamshire's heavy defeat to Durham has meant that they are still in the relegation mix this week, and I wonder if there might be a reckoning day. As a much maligned individual once said, what goes around come around ...

  • John on September 21, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    @markatnotts on (September 21, 2013, 14:01 GMT) Was the KP falling out not to do with Hants leaving him out for that final or was the final the final straw? Have to be honest , if I was a Notts fan I'd probably want the best possible side with the other side weakened by a key player and this is exactly what happened in the Semi and the final. However I'm not a Notts fan and would still prefer to have seen Notts win it with the players which got them there. My feelings would be exactly the same re Bell,Trott had eg Warwicks got there playing their campaign without them. Anyway congrats to your side and particularly Sammit for his gamechanging spell getting rid of the Glamorgan dangermen in the middle order. Didn't realise he could turn it like that

  • Bob on September 21, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I'm neither a Glamorgan nor a Nottingham fan... but I think it's a disgrace that a team that has fought through to the final without two elite players can suddenly field those players courtesy of the ECB...Smacks of favouritism to me..So how do those players who got Notts through the knock-out stages feel to be cast aside because Broad and Swann miraculously become available.. Sorry to say this...but the ECB has debased what should have been the showpiece of it's one-day tournament..As someone has suggested, maybe there's a case to be made for a number of qualifying games to be played before you can play in a final..

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