WHAT THEY SAID - Reaction from the media to Glamorgan’s victory over Durham

21 Aug 2021 | Cricket

Below are some of the comments and social media posts from the media, broadcasters and former players to Glamorgan’s Royal London Cup victory over Durham at Trent Bridge, as the Welsh county won their first Cup Final in 58 years:

Elizabeth Ammon in The Times

“This may not have been as prestigious as previous one-day cup finals but, as Kiran Carlson and his Glamorgan team-mates lifted the trophy in the evening Nottingham sun, it was clear this victory meant just as much to them as it would have had it been on the hallowed turf at Lord’s……This victory was as convincing as it was heart-warming, showcasing some of the county’s best talent – be that young or old. With the play-offs, semi-finals and finals all crammed into a six day period, it was little surprise that Trent Bridge was only half-full but those who were there witnessed a high-quality match.”

Scyld Berry in The Daily Telegraph

“Andrew Salter took three wickets in his first 26 balls, including an off-break that bowled Alex Lees. He was chosen as player of the match, although arguable Kiran Carlson was…….He lit up the Welsh county’s innings by scoring 82 off 59 balls with a rich array of strokes, then captained calmly as Durham were bowled out with 4.5 overs unused……The attendance was half of that of recent 50-over cup finals at Lord’s. The organisers were probably not alone in never having considered that Durham and Glamorgan would contest this final. The last direct trains to the North East and Cardiff would have long departed had the game gone the full distance.”

Gary Naylor in The Guardian

“The winning wicket was taken by Michael Hogan – man in his fifth decade and with over a thousand wickets in all formats since he started playing professionally at the age of 28. Clutching a stump in a slightly bashful post-match interview, he said that he would frame it and hang it in his bathroom. Hogan has a Testimonial next year - as Niall O’Brien pointed out, he’s exactly the sort of cricketer for whom the system was designed – so I’d keep it in the boot of the car for twelve months or so if I were you Mr. Hogan!”

Graham Onions on the BBC Sport Cricket Podcast

“I loved Glamorgan’s passion and the way they conducted themselves in the field. The way they went about their work was very impressive. Huge credit to Glamorgan – not a team of superstars but they have that Welsh fighting spirit. They really rallied around captain Kiran Carlson and I’ve nothing but admiration for the Glamorgan boys.”

Ged Scott on the BBC Sport Cricket blog

“A good spot from my BBC colleague Mark Church about the impressiveness of Kiran Carlson’s moustache and likening him to the fourth musketeer D’Artagnan. As his 10 fours and 3 sixes have shown in a superbly-fashioned fifty, the Cardiff-born batter is also the possessor of a fine attacking blade. Swashbuckling stuff indeed!”

Nick Webb on BBC Radio Wales Sport

“Glamorgan rookie Steve Reingold claimed the most vital wicket of his fledgling career when he had Cameron Bancroft caught at deep square-leg for 55 off a long-hop. Reingold also dismissed Sir Alastair Cook in the semi-final so he’s building a useful collection!”

Mike Powell on BBC Wales Radio Sport

“The fact that Michael Hogan took the last wicket spoke volumes – what a performer and servant he has been for this county. What a day for Glamorgan! They can be very, very proud of what they have achieved. To borrow Adrian Dale’s old phrase, immortality in the Principality!”

Alex Bywater on Twitter