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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 August, 2004, 18:30 GMT 19:30 UK
'No secret' to Gloucs success
Mark Alleyne holds the C&G Trophy aloft
Bowling first on that wicket was always going to be key
Mark Alleyne

Skipper Mark Alleyne said hard work was the key as Gloucestershire beat Worcestershire for the second year in a row in the C&G Trophy final.

"There's no real secret," Alleyne said after leading his team to a sixth Lord's final win in as many years.

"There are 14 guys who have been playing good cricket for the last six years day in, day out.

"It was tough leading up to this final with two four-day games so the bowlers were tired. We all had to muck in."

Ex-Worcestershire opener Phil Weston starred with an unbeaten 110 as Gloucestershire chased down their opponents' 236-9 with 37 balls to spare.

"It was a great knock from Weston," Alleyne added.

"He got going with Craig Spearman and to finish it with a hundred against his old county is a great effort, pretty special."

Alleyne drew first blood when winning the toss and putting Worcestershire in to bat. They collapsed to 8-3 early on with Jon Lewis doing the damage.

"I don't worry about the toss too much as it's pot luck, but bowling first on that wicket was always going to be key," Alleyne noted.

"And we got three crucial wickets at the start from Lewis."

Retiring Worcestershire skipper Steve Rhodes said: "I think the toss proved quite crucial, but to be fair the Gloucester bowlers bowled really well early doors.

"At 8-3 we were forever chasing out tails and we couldn't utilise the first 15 overs."

Vikram Solanki got the innings back on track with an excellent 115, but 236-9 was never going to be enough.

"We had to fight and Solanki played out of his skin and he had great support from David Leatherdale. We couldn't have asked for more from those two," Rhodes added.

"We knew we had a score we could win with and I think the key was we could have done with a couple of early wickets.

"But Spearman and Weston played really well. We taught Weston all he knows so it was nice to see him get a hundred."




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