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Patel spins Nottinghamshire to final win after Hussey heroics

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Sep 21, 2013 at 11:37pm IST

London: Samit Patel took three wickets after Australia's David Hussey starred with the bat in Nottinghamshire's 87-run win over Glamorgan in English county cricket's 40-over final at Lord's on Saturday.

Left-arm spinner Patel, bidding for an England recall ahead of Monday's squad announcement for the tour of Australia, took three wickets for 21 runs to spark a collapse from which Glamorgan, chasing 245 for victory, never recovered. England fast bowler Stuart Broad, on a ground where he's enjoyed so much international success, then took three wickets in six balls to end the match with seven overs remaining as Welsh county Glamorgan were dismissed for 157.

Earlier Hussey, dropped on three, made 42 and shared a fifth-wicket stand of 99 with Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read after the Midlands side -- whose team featured nine internationals including Broad's fellow Ashes-winner Graeme Swann -- had slumped to 90 for four.

Patel spins Nottinghamshire to final win after Hussey heroics

Patel took three wickets after Hussey starred with the bat in Nottinghamshire's 87-run win over Glamorgan in English county cricket's 40-over final at Lord's.

Former England wicketkeeper Read top-scored with a run-a-ball 53 in Nottinghamshire's total of 244 for eight before he holed out off uncapped Australian medium-pacer Michael Hogan. Simon Jones took two wickets for 36 runs in his maximum eight overs in what was set to be the injury-hit 2005 Ashes winner's final appearance before the ex-England paceman becomes a Twenty20 specialist.

Glamorgan, who've now lost all three of their Lord's finals, were making steady progress when man-of-the-match Patel's purple patch of three wickets for four runs in nine balls reduced them to 118 for five. Patel bowled Chris Cooke for 46 with an excellent delivery that spun sharply to hit the top of off-stump before a similar ball accounted for Australia-born but England qualified all-rounder Jim Allenby (34).

Former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin was then lbw to Patel on the sweep and there was no way back for Glamorgan. Broad applied the finishing touches, with Dean Cosker caught in the deep and Graham Wagg skying a catch to Read before Michael Hogan was bowled to seal Nottinghamshire's victory in their first Lord's final in 24 years.

Earlier, Nottinghamshire suffered a top-order collapse after they were sent into bat in overcast conditions that saw the Lord's floodlights on for most of the match. They should have been 94 for five when Hussey drove 20-year-old off-spinner Andrew Salter low to mid-off only for Gareth Rees to drop the catch.

Hussey and Read rebuilt the innings with a stand that saw the wicketkeeper go to his fifty with a six over long-on off Wagg. But they both fell in quick succession, Hussey the first to go when run out after being slow to respond to Read's call.

Swann boosted Nottinghamshire's total with 29 not out before Broad was bowled by Hogan for a golden duck off the last ball of the innings.

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