English National League 2004 August 29, 2004

Champions Surrey are relegated

Wisden Cricinfo staff
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Alex Wharf took six wickets for five runs - and still lost © Getty Images

On another day of rain interruptions and run-rate calculations, Surrey - the defending National League champions - lost out to Northants, a defeat that condemned them to relegation. At the other end of the table Glamorgan, the new champions, fell to a last-ball defeat against Kent, despite Alex Wharf celebrating his call-up to the England one-day squad with amazing figures of 6 for 5. But it wasn't Wharf bowling the fateful final over but Adrian Dale, and with Kent's last pair at the crease Ian Butler, the New Zealand fast bowler, smashed the last ball of the match for the six Kent needed to win - and keep alive their own hopes of avoiding the big drop.

Yorkshire maintained their faint hopes of promotion from Division Two with a win at Derby, while Durham took 15 off the last over to pull off a unlikely victory over Sussex. The only game where even Messrs Duckworth and Lewis couldn't engineer a result was at Grace Road, were no play was possible after Somerset's innings.

Totesport League Division One

Kent 143 for 9 (Smith 36, Wharf 6-5) beat Glamorgan 142 for 7 (Elliott 44, Hemp 40) by 1 wicket
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Report: Butler fireworks spoil Glamorgan celebration - The Times

Northamptonshire 191 for 5 (Cook 38, Afzaal 86*) beat Surrey 179 for 7 (Brown 54, Azhar Mahmood 67, Rofe 3-23) by 5 wickets (Duckworth/Lewis method)
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Report: Surrey tread water before Usman sends them down - The Guardian

Totesport League Division Two

Yorkshire 175 for 5 (Vaughan 57, Jaques 62) beat Derbyshire 168 for 6 (Moss 75*, Dawson 3-22) by 5 wickets (D/L method)
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Report: Yorkshire still in touch - The Daily Telegraph

Durham 159 for 8 (Lewis 48, Martin-Jenkins 3-25) beat Sussex 214 for 7 (Ward 72, Yardy 46, Goodwin 32) by 2 wickets (D/L method)
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Report: Plunkett plunders improbable victory - ghgh

Somerset 205 for 7 (Trescothick 36, J Francis 36, Hildreth 42, Suppiah 30, Henderson 3-19) v Leicestershire - no result
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Report: Storm hits Somerset - The Daily Telegraph

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