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Sunday, 15 September, 2002, 17:38 GMT 18:38 UK
Dragons win one-day title
Glamorgan celebrate the prized wicket of Australia star batsman Steve Waugh
Kent dangerman Steve Waugh perished for only 7 runs
Norwich Union League D1, Canterbury: Glamorgan 226-7 in 45 overs (M Powell 74) bt Kent 222-9 in 45 overs (M Ealham 75) by 4 runs.

Glamorgan won their first one-day trophy since 1993 with a thrilling Norwich Union League victory against Kent Spitfires on Sunday that was only decided in the final over.

Paul Nixon had marshalled Kent's tail superbly after Mark Ealham had kick-started the home side's reply with a fine 75.

The likes of Australia star Steve Waugh and Spitfires skipper Matthew Fleming, playing his final match before retiring, had fallen cheaply as they chased the visitors' modest total.

When Ealham was removed by Dragons skipper Robert Croft, thanks to the safe hands of Matthew Maynard, Kent were tottering before Nixon took charge.

But Nixon was run out in the final over by a smart piece of glove work from opposite number Mark Wallace, and with him went Kent's hopes of victory.

With the last recognised batsman gone, James Tredwell and Ben Trott tried to get the Spitfires past the winning post.

But the last remaining pair fell short as former Australia paceman Mike Kasprowicz held his nerve to bowl a tight final over for Glamorgan.

Glamorgan skipper Robert Croft trudges off after being bowled by Kent's Ben Trott
Glamorgan overcame the early loss of Robert Croft

He had been ably supported in the Dragons' attack by the other bowlers, of whom Andrew Davies was the pick with figures of 3 for 37 off his nine overs.

That included the prized wicket of Waugh, who was beaten by a superb ball that nipped back into the right-hander and crashed into the stumps.

It seemed that Glamorgan were fated to win the match, having won their previous title - the old Sunday League - at the same Canterbury ground in 1993.

The Welsh county had a certain I.V.A Richards in their ranks that day, but this time it was man-of-the-match Mike Powell who marshalled the Glamorgan innings with 74 off 83 balls.

Croft accepted the trophy to boisterous applause from a large travelling contingent of Glamorgan fans, with usual skipper Steve James - sidelined by a broken finger - also taking the plaudits.

Croft and Ian Thomas fell early before Powell established some calm, aided by useful contributions from first Maynard (33), Adrian Dale (43) and then David Hemp (37).

The Dragons' total of 226 off their allotted 45 overs looked a little light.

But the visitors gave not an inch in the field, bowling with control and intelligence while running down every Kent shot played.

Earlier in the day, Worcestershire had been the only side capable of catching Glamorgan and narrowed the gap in the table to three points by beating Nottinghamshire by 81 runs.

But Glamorgan have now wrapped it up a week early and can play their final match next Sunday, on home ground at Sophia Gardens, against Warwickshire in celebrational mood.


Kent: M V Fleming (Capt), R W T Key, M A Ealham, S R Waugh, M J Walker, P A Nixon (Wkt), G O Jones, A G R Loudon, M J Saggers, J C Tredwell, B J Trott.

Glamorgan: I J Thomas, R D B Croft (Capt), M J Powell, M P Maynard, A Dale, D L Hemp, M A Wallace (Wkt), M S Kasprowicz, D S Harrison, A P Davies, D A Cosker.

Umpires: R Palmer and A G T Whitehead.

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