September 18, 2000

Crusaders sign off with win

Staff and agencies

Norwich Union National Cricket League

Middlesex Crusaders secured a six wicket victory over Glamorgan Dragons at Cardiff in the last round of National League matches.

With three needed of the final ball young Irishman Joyce took an ambitious swing, and bottom edged the ball to the third man boundary.

A nail biting finish never seemed on the cards after seamer Aaron Laraman had taken a career best 6-42 to restrict the Glamorgan Dragons to an under par 191-9. The Welshmen relied heavily on in form Michael Powell and his better than a run a ball contribution of 86 with 8 fours and a six off Ramprakash.

Middlesex Crusaders seemed to be cruising, with Langer remaining undefeated on 75, but when Ramprakash top edged a hook, and Laraman was bowled the innings faltered, and the Londoners were grateful for Joyce's fortuitous last ball heave.

It was a sad ending for Maynard who was also dismissed for 0 in his last game as Glamorgan's captain.