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Thursday, 20 June, 2002, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Five great finals
Ian Austin and Mike Watkinson celebrate at Lord's
Lancashire have experienced success and failure
BBC Sport Online recalls five of the best Benson & Hedges Cup finals.


1980 Northamptonshire beat Essex by six runs

Essex defeated Surrey by 35 runs in the 1979 final and returned to Lord's 12 months later confident of lifting the trophy again.

Captain Keith Fletcher lost the toss but his bowlers soon had the upper hand with Keith Pont dismissing the Northants top three of Wayne Larkins, Geoff Cook and Richard Williams.

Northants were in serious trouble at 110 for five but a brilliant counter-attacking innings by Allan Lamb, who made 72 before being caught off West Indian Norbert Phillip, enabled them to total 209.

Northamptonshire captain Jim Watts batting in the 1980 final
Jim Watts lifted the cup for Northants
It did not look enough as Graham Gooch launched Essex's reply with 60 before being dismissed by Tim Lamb, now chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Peter Willey removed the dangerous Ken McEwan for 38 as four wickets went down in short order and magnificent seam bowling by Pakistani Sarfraz Nawaz (three for 23) left Essex short of their target, despite some bold hitting over the closing overs by Phillip, who finished on 32 not out.

1983 Middlesex beat Essex by four runs

An exciting contest was expected between two evenly matched sides who had made light of their semi-final opponents - Essex thrashing Kent by nine wickets and Canterbury and Middlesex easing home by six wickets after bowling Lancashire out for 90.

And so it proved.

Neil Foster's new ball spell accounted for openers Graham Barlow and Wilf Slack justified Essex's decision to put Middlesex in.

Worse was to come for the home county as Mike Gatting was run out for 22 and it took a typically gritty innings of 89 not out by Clive Radley to guide them to 196 for eight.

Gooch (46) and Brian Hardie (49) put on 79 for the first wicket and it looked like plain sailing for Essex at 151 for three, despite a miserly 11-over spell from John Emburey which cost just 17 runs.

Phil Edmonds
Phil Edmonds was a winner with Middlesex
But Middlesex were in no mood to give up and a sudden collapse saw their last five wickets go down for just seven runs as they were bowled out for 192, three of them to fast bowler Norman Cowans, whose final figures were four for 39.

1986 Middlesex beat Kent by two runs

For the second time in four years, Middlesex's bowlers successfully defended a modest total in a B&H Cup final.

Phil Edmonds took three for 58 as Kent were restricted to 197 for eight, but spin partner John Emburey was named Man of the Match for an all-round contribution which saw him score 28 vital runs and then concede only 16 from his 11 overs.

Kent had a potent bowling attack with the pace of Graham Dilley and Eldine Baptiste, allied to the away swing of Richard Ellison and the canny left-arm spin of veteran Derek Underwood.

Dilley bowled Wilf Slack with only six on the board and Ellison claimed three for 27, but once again Clive Radley came to Middlesex¿s rescue with an innings of 54 as they reached 199 for seven.

Kent's reply began badly with Norman Cowans and Wayne Daniel reducing them to 20 for three before 58 by Graham Cowdrey put them back in the match. They reached 178 for six but Edmonds then bowled Baptiste (20) and Ellison (29) and Middlesex kept their heads in a tense final over.

1987 Yorkshire beat Northamptonshire by losing fewer wickets

Allan Lamb
Allan Lamb made 72 in 1980
The most exciting finish in the competition's history saw Yorkshire block out the final ball to win the trophy, with Jim Love winning the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 75.

Northants recovered from the loss of three early wickets to reach 244 for seven in their 55 overs, with all-rounder David Capel falling three runs short of what would have been a deserved hundred when he was bowled by Peter Hartley.

Richard Williams contributed a valuable 44 before he was caught behind off paceman Paul Jarvis, the pick of Yorkshire¿s attack with figures of four for 43.

The White Rose county began strongly with openers Martyn Moxon (45) and Ashley Metcalfe (47) putting on 97, but the loss of three wickets for six runs put them on the back foot.

Kevin Sharp made 24 in a stand of 57 with Love before becoming off-spinner Williams's third victim and Northants ran out David Bairstow and Phil Carrick as the tension increased.

Yorkshire could not afford any further loss but Arnie Sidebottom stayed with Love for the final few balls as they squeezed home by the narrowest possible margin.
Derek Underwood
Derek Underwood suffered defeat with Kent

1993 Derbyshire beat Lancashire by six runs

Dominic Cork shared the plaudits with unheralded Alan Warner and Frank Griffith as Derbyshire lifted the trophy for the first time.

A future England Test player, Cork scored an unbeaten 92 to rescue his side from 66 for four against a side acknowledged as masters of the one-day game.

He received vital support from Tim O¿Gorman, who made 49 in a fifth wicket stand of 109, while Karl Krikken (37 not out) helped add 77 as Derbyshire reached 252 for six in their 55 overs.

Mike Atherton's 54 and 42 from Nick Speak saw Lancashire to 150 for two in reply, before Neil Fairbrother took over the responsibility of seeing them to their target.

But Warner claimed three for 31 and Griffith picked up two wickets, including the vital one of Phil DeFreitas who was caught behind for 16.

Lancashire began the final over needing 11 to win but Griffith kept his nerve to concede only four as Fairbrother was left high and dry on 87 not out.


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