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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 20:22 GMT 21:22 UK
Warne fury over title conclusion
Warne's side could have still won the Championship were it not for last week's result
Shane Warne is furious at Kent captain Dave Fulton after his Hampshire side were denied a chance of winning the County Championship title.

Nottinghamshire's 214-run win against Kent last weekend gave them the crown.

Fulton agreed to chase an unlikely 420 runs in 70 overs and then watched as his team were bowled out.

"I think that is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen," said Warne, whose side are playing Notts in what could have been a title decider.

Hampshire began their final match of the season against Notts on Wednesday, knowing they were only playing for second.

"I thought David Fulton actually understood the game, but he must dislike us totally to go and hand someone the championship like that," claimed the Australian.

"It came from a guy who is meant to know a little bit about the game. He showed everyone that it is just bravado, because he has absolutely no idea what is going on.

"I am all for trying to win every game. But when it is 99.5% against you have to start saying, 'Is that bringing the game into disrepute?'

"I think it is, because Kent had absolutely no chance of winning that game.

"It has put a real dampener on what could and should have been a fantastic match here between the two best teams in the country to finish a great summer and I hope something is done about it."

Kent have yet to respond to Warne's comments.

Speaking immediately after the match against Notts, Fulton defended his decision by saying that Kent had to try and win the game to preserve their own hopes of winning the title.

"It was a huge long-shot, but if we'd played out a draw that would have been us out of the Championship race.

"With the greatest of respect to Hampshire and Sussex, I don't care too much about them. I care about this club, these fans and bringing the Championship back," he told BBC Kent.


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