Royal London Cup: Glamorgan beat Durham by 58 runs at Trent Bridge


iran Carlson hammered 82 from 59 deliveries while Andrew Salter contributed with bat then ball as Glamorgan won the Royal London Cup after beating Durham by 58 runs in the Trent Bridge final.

Captain Carlson struck 10 fours and three sixes in an excellent counter-attacking innings, putting on 101 alongside Nick Selman, but Glamorgan still needed lower order contributions from the likes of Salter to reach 296 for nine.

Salter followed up his 33 from 22 balls by taking three for 42 with his crafty off-spin, which included the crucial wickets of in-form openers Graham Clark and Alex Lees, as Durham were all out for 238 in 45.1 overs.

Sean Dickson’s 84 not out from 83 balls was ultimately in vain as Glamorgan claimed their first piece of silverware since winning the National League in 2004, while this was their first knockout trophy triumph in 58 years.

There have been claims that counties being shorn of some of their best players due to The Hundred has downgraded this competition’s status, while the final being held on a weekday away from Lord’s has added fuel to that fire.

But the evergreen Chris Rushworth proved he remains among the country’s best bowlers, sending down 10 consecutive overs to yield just 37 runs after his side had won the toss in overcast conditions. He chipped in with a wicket, too, as Hamish Rutherford perished in the deep attempting to swipe the seamer for a second six in an over.

At the end of Rushworth’s spell Glamorgan had been kept relatively subdued on 84 for two after 19 overs. But Carlson cast off the shackles thereafter, lofting Luke Doneathy down the ground before clubbing Scott Borthwick over the rope twice to bring up a 40-ball fifty.

Carlson continued to up the ante but Matty Potts, back for Durham alongside Ben Raine from Northern Superchargers duty, had Selman caught at mid-on for a 74-ball 36 and Billy Root adjudged lbw from successive deliveries.

When Carlson feathered one through to wicketkeeper Cameron Bancroft for Potts’ third wicket, Glamorgan were 160 for five after 30 overs.

Glamorgan refused to wilt, though, and some vital cameos down the order kept them competitive, with Joe Cooke contributing a run-a-ball 29 while Salter added three fours and a six from his innings before top-edging Raine, who celebrated his third wicket when former Durham player James Weighell holed out for 15 off 12.

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