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Croft powers Glamorgan to the title

Wisden Cricinfo staff

August 22, 2004

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In today's round of National League matches, Glamorgan clinched the title for the second time in three years after Robert Croft's 106 set up a five-wicket win over Lancashire in front of a capacity crowd at the Rhos on Sea ground. Set 219 to win after a half-century from Dinesh Mongia and 48 from Chris Schofield had resurrected Lancashire following an early-innings slump, Glamorgan cantered home with almost five overs to spare.

Graham Napier picked up four quick wickets to send Kent crashing to a 35-run defeat to Essex at Colchester. Set 268 to win after 97 from the in-form Will Jefferson and 98 from Ronnie Irani, Kent were restricted to 232 for 7 despite half-centuries from Alex Loudon and Michael Bevan. Alan Mullally, at his miserly best, and Shaun Udal, with four wickets, sent Northants crashing to 171 all out in pursuit of Hampshire's 238 for 9.

In Division Two, Scotland fell agonisingly short of Somerset's 253 for 8 at Taunton. Scotland were bowled out for 246 with four balls still to be bowled in the last over despite an unbeaten 55 off just 40 balls from Yasir Arafat.

National League Division One

Glamorgan 219 for 5 (Croft 106) beat Lancashire 218 for 7 (Mongia 58) by five wickets at Colwyn Bay
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Match report: Croft ensures Glamorgan title - The Telegraph

Essex 267 for 6 (Jefferson 97, Irani 98) beat Kent 232 for 7 (Bevan 52, Napier 4-25) by 35 runs at Colchester
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Match report: Kent find no response to Jefferson and Irani - The Times

Hampshire 238 for 9 (Pothas 70*, Rofe 3-46) beat Northamptonshire 171 (Swann 59, Udal 4-46) by 67 runs
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Match report: Swann is sunk - The Telegraph

National League Division Two

Somerset 253 for 8 (Cox 63, Wright 5-44) beat Scotland 246 (English 55, Yasir Arafat 55*, Andrew 4-48) by seven runs at Taunton
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Match report: Wright performance but wrong result for Saltires - The Scotsman

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