KIRAN Carlson played a captain’s innings as Glamorgan made history by winning their first ever domestic one-day trophy at Trent Bridge.
Skipper Carlson hammered 82 from 59 balls while Andrew Salter contributed with bat and then ball as Glamorgan clinched a 58-run victory over Durham in the final of the Royal London Cup.
Glamorgan’s three previous List A finals – in 1977, 2000 and 2013 – had all ended in defeat.
Carlson struck 10 fours and three sixes while Salter’s 33 from 22 was one of several cameos down the order as Glamorgan recovered from 160 for five at the end of the 30th over to post a competitive 296 for nine.
Salter then took three for 42 with his off-spin, including the crucial wickets of Durham 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 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 captain 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.
Those down the card added 86 in the final 10 overs to swell the total, but in Clark and Lees Durham had the top two run-scorers of the competition, the pair having registered a combined 1,153 runs in eight matches.
The omens were good when they reached 47 for none midway through the 11th over but Lees was beaten on the outside edge and bowled for 15 by Salter, who enticed the adventurous Clark (40) into slog sweeping to deep midwicket.
This marked the first time in the competition that neither of Durham’s openers had reached a half-century.
Borthwick miscued to mid-on while David Bedingham pulled Salter in the deep as Durham’s position of 74 for four left Bancroft and Dickson with a significant rebuilding job, one the pair took on to keep their side in the hunt.
Bancroft combined some quick running between the wickets with the odd boundary in his 55 from 54 balls, but got a top edge to a half-tracker from Steven Reingold, and with the asking rate north of eight an over, Durham were firmly second favourites.
Dickson tried his best, thumping eight fours, and Durham’s only six of the innings off Weighell in the 42nd over, but ran out of partners.
Forty-year-old seamer Michael Hogan took the final wicket when Rushworth edged behind to leave Dickson stranded and start Glamorgan’s celebrations.