Cork thrilled after Finals Day ends in chaos

Felix Austin | cricket20

Hampshire Royals skipper Dominic Cork was full of praise for his teammates after the 2010 Friends Provident t20 Finals Day ended in chaotic fashion at the Rose Bowl.

The Royals, who become the first team to triumph at home in a domestic Twenty20 Finals day, scrambled a leg bye off the final delivery of the match to secure victory by virtue of losing fewer wickets.

The leg bye tied the scores but with the Somerset Sabres appealing for an LBW and Daniel Christian scoring the winning run despite having a running the game ended in chaos.

With Christian needing a runner the Australian should have remained in his crease and despite running a single he could have been run out, a fact known by the umpires who waited to see what the Sabres would do before signalling the winner run.

"I've never seen a last over like that. It had everything - changes of ball, runners, wickets, the lot," said Cork who took over the captaincy after Dimitri Mascarenhas was ruled out for the season with a Achilles tendon injury which was sustained at the Indian Premier League in

"It was a chaotic last two overs but I'm proud of all the guys here for taking us over that winning line. Maybe Christian could have been run out but the umpires declared it a match won and that's that," he added.

"The young guys who've come in have transformed this side. We've been slaughtered throughout this campaign in some circles: why weren't we playing this person? Why weren't we playing that person?"

"But with all the work that's been done bringing the young lads through the academy and then the Dad's Army we've got, we're able to put a team out that can play against the best and beat them."
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