Gibson delights in title triumph
Ottis Gibson was named man-of-the-match as Durham wrapped up victory over Hampshire in the Friends Provident Trophy final on Sunday leaving Shane Warne's dreams of a domestic title shattered.
Durham needed just 38 minutes to clinch a 125-run victory at an almost-empty Lord's after the conclusion of the final had been held over from Saturday because of rain. Hampshire were already facing an uphill task when they resumed on 158 for five in reply to 312 for five and were eventually all out for 187 at the end of the 41st over.
Former West Indies seamer Gibson, 38, who began the Hampshire reply with wickets off the first two balls and then dismissed dangerman Kevin Pietersen as well, was the star performer.
"Unbelievable," said Gibson who took 10 wickets in an innings against Hampshire in a county championship match earlier in the summer. "But we've got four games left and if I'm going to get through them I'm going to have to cut down on the celebrations a little bit."
Durham's Paul Collingwood, England's one-day skipper, was delighted to finally see his county clinch a first major domestic title. "We've had lots of ups and downs at the club - just after I joined in 1996 I think we won one game all season - but we learned a lot and it pulled us together as a team."
Warne, Hampshire's captain had been greeted with a no-ball bouncer by old foe Collingwood, but it was Liam Plunkett who bowled the Australian for five to end the innings. Shivnarine Chanderpaul had top-scored for Durham with 78 on his 33rd birthday.
"I hate losing and this is right up there," said Warne. "But Durham just played better and I think this could inspire us to achieve some special things."