Lord's agony for Glamorgan
GLAMORGAN suffered Lord's heartbreak after going down to an 87-run defeat to Nottinghamshire in the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40.
The Welsh county's third final at the home of cricket – and unfortunately their third loss.
The Outlaws batted first and set a healthy total of 244-8, despite an inspired spell by Simon Jones.
The former England paceman was the pick of the bowlers on his first-class farewell, going for 36 off eight ferocious overs and taking the key wickets of international pair Alex Hales and James Taylor.
The target proved to be too much for Glamorgan, who were skittled for 157 as Notts spinner Samit Patel proved that he's not all talk.
The squad can take pride from an impressive YB40 campaign and will be keen to stress that brighter times are around the corner at the Swalec Stadium.
But sadly they failed to go one better than the vintages of 1977 (beaten by Middlesex in the Gillette Cup) or 2000 (downed by Gloucestershire in the B&H Cup).
Mark Wallace won the toss and invited Nottinghamshire to bat, keen to make the most of favourable morning bowling conditions.
Michael Hogan and Jim Allenby made a miserly start to limit the favourites to 13-0 off the first five over.
But the Outlaws then put their foot down at the end of the power play, moving on to 47-0 off eight.
Then Glamorgan struck with young spinner Andrew Salter enjoying a dream start to a Lord's final, his second ball seeing Michael Lumb (28) head back to the pavilion after a caught and bowled.
He was swiftly followed by fellow opener Alex Hales after he was too ambitious off the bowling of Simon Jones, caught at deep cover by Murray Goodwin for 18 to leave Notts 58-2 in the 11th over.
Patel had said in the build up that Glamorgan would not be able to live with the Outlaws if they hit top form.
"If we produce the cricket we know we can play then I'm sure Glamorgan won't come anywhere close," he said.
But the former England one-day all-rounder could not back up those words with the bat when he fell for just 10, caught off Salter by Gareth Rees at mid-off.
James Taylor had been looking dangerous but was caught behind for 22 off Jones and Glam could have piled on even more pressure only for Rees to drop David Hussey off Salter with the score on 94-4.
It proved to be a costly miss – the Australian joined forces with captain Chris Read to put on 99 for the fifth wicket.
But the duo went in quick succession just as they were looking to make a final dash.
Hussey (42) was run out after a mix-up going for a quick single before Read (53) sliced Hogan to Chris Cook at deep cover.
But some lusty blows by Steven Mullaney (21) and Graeme Swann (29) helped the Outlaws post a handy-looking 244-7, 99 coming from the final quarter of the innings.
Glamorgan's innings got off to a horror start when captain Mark Wallace cut Harry Gurney tamely to point to depart for 2.
The left-armer and Broad were passing the edge with alarming regularity but Gareth Rees settled to smash four terrific boundaries.
But, with the scoreboard on 41, he was sent packing for 29 when bowled by an absolute ripsnorter by Ajmal Shahzad.
Allenby and Chris Cooke did a fine rebuilding job and brought up the 100 in the 19th over – but then Patel showed that he isn't all talk.
His left-arm spin accounted for Cooke (46) then Allenby (34) in almost identical fashion, beautifully flighted deliveries turning sharply to hit the top of off.
And Patel was wheeling away in celebration again when he trapped Murray Goodwin (6) leg before – the spinners third wicket for the cost of four runs in nine balls.
At 118-5 Glamorgan were in deep trouble and running out of batsmen with an escalating required run rate.
And the situation was even grimmer when Ben Wright fell for 14, tamely chipping Shahzad to Lumb from the first ball of the powerplay, swiftly followed by Salter (2) leg before.
Nottinghamshire ruthlessly killed Glamorgan off with Stuart Broad claiming the scalps of Wagg, Dean Cosker and Hogan in the 33rd over.
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