What happened: Glamorgan travelled to Taunton in search of their first county championship crown in 28 years and bidding to add to the success stories of 1948 and 1969. Kent could still win the title but the destiny was in the Welsh county’s hands. And the 10-wicket win clinched the title.
Glamorgan: S James, H Morris, A Dale, M Maynard (capt), T Cottey, R Croft, A Shaw, D Thomas, Waqar Younis, S Watkin, D Cosker.
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The story: First the facts. Glamorgan won the English county cricket championship for the first time for 28 years when they beat Somerset by 10 wickets at Taunton.
After scoring 527 in their first innings Glamorgan bowled out Somerset for 252 and then 285, polishing off the necessary 11 runs.
The maximum 24 points gained by Glamorgan meant Kent had to settle for second despite beating Surrey by five wickets at Canterbury.
No one could deny Glamorgan who during the season lost considerable playing time because of bad weather. They seized their opportunities when they came.
The best was saved for last. From an overnight 353 for four they raced to 527 with Hugh Morris hitting 165 to go with the brilliant 142 of Matthew Maynard and 86 by big-hitting Robert Croft.
They worked methodically through the Somerset batting for the second time with Darren Thomas taking five for 38. It was left to Steve James, rather than his opening partner Hugh Morris who was playing his last game, to seal the triumph with a boundary to give Glamorgan their third county title in all.
Theses are the stark statistics. But these three remarkable days at Taunton were so much more than that.
From the brilliant hundred by ‘Captain Marvel’ Maynard in the Somerset September gloom to the images of James and Morris being held aloft as thousands of joyous Welsh fans invaded the Taunton turf.
Crofty had the Welsh fans in the palm of his hands as he led the renditions of ‘Alouette,’ while Waqar Younis played an active part in the dressing room celebrations.
Magical memories that have not been repeated for the last 17 years.
View from the crease: Steve James
“I walk to the wicket with Hugh Morris needing 11 runs to win to beat Somerset and win the county championship title.
“The crowd has swelled. It is a Saturday afternoon, and as news has spread of imminent glory carloads of Welshmen have crossed the Severn Bridge.
“We arrive at the middle. Andrew Caddick is pawing the turf at the end of his run. It is not his short run. No freebies then. He tears in; all arms, legs and ears.
“Second ball I am plumb lbw. Absolutely stone dead, just as I had been in the first innings. Umpire George Sharp must have Welsh ancestry. “He said no. Next ball I edge to slip, an absolute sitter. Whoever it was dropped it. Going well this pursuit of 11.
“Eventually, after the left-handed Morris tickles a single down to fine-leg, I am facing Graham Rose.
“I have no idea of how many we need, and also no idea of the field setting. Rose bowls a ball on leg stump. I flick it down to fine-leg, and then run the first one hard. As you do. I then turn for a second to be greeted by a rather strange sight …
“Half of Wales is on the field. Caddick had forgotten to move around for the right-hander. There was no one at fine-leg and the ball had gone for four. We’d only won the county championship!”
“Stumps! I grab two. But by now I am engulfed. I go to ground, and so do one stump and my bat. Nicked only to be returned at a later date via a newspaper campaign by the South Wales Echo.
“Now some kind chap decides I need a better view, so plonks me on his shoulders. Arms aloft, with one stump triumphant. Not for long. Down I go again. This time I run for it.”
— Martin Clarke (@mvclarke) June 5, 2014
— Gareth Merrett (@Mez__81) June 5, 2014