Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Kent wins English Sunday League title
Published: Monday, September 17, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
[an error occurred while processing this directive]London: Kent grabbed the English Sunday League title as Leicestershire's incredible late season bad patch continued with defeat at Nottinghamshire. Leicester was way out in front with four matches left and a 10-point cushion from the chasing pack. Earlier, this summer it had had nine consecutive One-day victories and the signs were that the crown would go to it. But a run of three successive defeats meant the Foxes went into its last match needing to beat Notts with Kent hovering menacingly. Kent skipper Matthew Fleming had declared before his side's thrilling nine-run win against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, "It's Leicestershire's title to lose" - and so it proved. John Morris effectively stole a five-wicket victory for Notts in his farewell appearance at Trent Bridge, his 48-ball 57 helping his side home with 39 balls to spare. Leicestershire's earlier score of 185 for nine soon looked vulnerable as Morris played some splendid shots, while Darren Bicknell made a measured 35 and Australia's Greg Blewett struck 48. Earlier, Darren Maddy's 46 not out sustained Leicestershire's innings, but despite solid knocks from Neil Burns (43) and Darren Stevens (35), the visiting county never recovered from losing its first three wickets for 51. While Leicestershire was in freefall, Kent held its nerve, mustering 216 for six after batting first with James Hockley (90 from 101 balls) and Robert Key (50 off 33) leading the way. Warwickshire made a solid reply with Mark Waugh (58) and newly-capped Ian Bell (48) putting on 89 for the second wicket. But, after Bell departed, it lost its way, slumping from 153 for three to 208 for nine, losing six wickets for 44 with Australian Richard Simmonds taking five for 18.