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July 26, 2000
Nick Knight - his hundred took Warwicks into NatWest Trophy semi-final
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Nick Knight gained some consolation for his omission from the England squad for the next Test Match against West Indies by hitting a match-winning century for Warwickshire against Glamorgan in their NatWest Trophy quarter-final match at Birmingham.
The left-hander, who in spite of being recognised as a limited-overs specialist had missed the recent NatWest Series triangular tournament through injury, struck 118 runs in the victory by 81 runs. His 123 runs third-wicket partnership with Dominic Ostler (63) was the foundation of the 273-7 total.
Glamorgan's hopes were dashed by a break-down of the middle-order against host captain Neil Smith who took 3-37 from his 10 overs. With the loss of Matthew Maynard (36) at 130-6 Glamorgan collapsed to the extent that at one point five wickets fell for 53 runs in 12 overs.
Adrian Shaw (32) and Robert Croft (30 n.o.) hit out at the end but the visitors were dismissed for 192 with 32 balls remaining. Allan Donald (3-29) cut through the lower order. David Hemp did not have a happy game against his former county in that having been dismissed to the first ball he failed to catch Keith Newell in the slips off Ed Giddins with the opening delivery of Glamorgan's reply.
That early break-through was achieved, however, when Matthew Elliott steered a ball from Dougie Brown to Michael Powell. From 9-1 then Newell (35) and Steve James (27) took the score to 68. Then two swift blows reduced them to 77-3: James was run out as he hesitated and shortly afterwards Newell missed his stroke at a sharply-turning off-break which bowled him.
Maynard started by hitting three fours from his first five deliveries but his partner, Adrian Dale, was stumped smartly by Keith Piper off Smith at 99. The run-rate was almost seven-an-hour but wickets were starting to fall including that of Maynard who was bowled while cutting.
Earlier with Warwickshire put in to bat two wickets fell for 25-2 as Alex Wharf took 2-9 in six overs - then Knight hit his century with 11 fours from 143 balls in his innings overall. Ostler provided firm support in hitting seven boundaries and Trevor Penney scored his 42 runs at more than one-a-ball.
Knight had just hit 16 in an over from Darren Thomas when he lobbed a catch to Maynard from Owen Parkin's slower ball. Nevertheless his innings had not been without blemish as he was missed at both square-leg and, more blatantly, at the wicket.
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