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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 August, 2003, 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK
Modest Harvey savours win
By Martin Gough
BBC Sport at Lord's

Ian Harvey took the man of the match award in Gloucestershire's C&G Trophy final victory then admitted he was unsure whether he would be returning to the club next year.

Ian Harvey
Harvey was instrumental in Gloucestershire's win

Harvey took two wickets in seven balls and clubbed 61 from 36 deliveries as Gloucs clinched their sixth one-day title since 1999, when the Australia all-rounder joined the side.

But off-field divisions meant his place for this year was in doubt, and the club could still go with another overseas player in 2004.

"If the club wants to go in a different direction, that's fine," said Harvey.

"I have no idea if I'll be back."

Harvey described his success as "just one of those days".

"I wanted to be aggressive - I hadn't spoken about it but that was my plan. I wanted to play as straight as possible and back myself.

"Today it came off and hopefully it will continue for the rest of the season."

I don't think anyone in the dressing room is happy
Worcestershire captain Ben Smith

Gloucestershire's other overseas star, South African Jonty Rhodes, is expected to make an announcement on his future next week.

He was responsible for the run out of Worcestershire's Vikram Solanki, turning the match around after an opening partnership of 64.

The 34-year-old retired from international cricket after injury ended his World Cup campaign early.

Worcestershire captain Ben Smith said batting with Rhodes at backward point was like having an extra man in the field.

And his Gloucestershire counterpart Mark Alleyne added: "Jonty caused uncertainty every time the ball came within 10 yards of him. That uncertainty builds pressure.

"When you stick a team in you want early wickets and at one point it wasn't going to plan.

"But the bowlers' lines were good and that made field-setting easy."

Alleyne claimed his side's third Trophy victory since 1999, added to B&H Cup wins in 1999 and 2000 and the National League in 2000, suggested Gloucestershire are the best one-day side ever.

"We've had a consistent record over a five-year period," he added.

"The year we didn't win anything [2002] we made two quarter-finals but the expectation has been raised at the club."

Gloucestershire's Ian Harvey
"It was fantastic to come away with a win"



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