Cottey has the touch

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Glamorgan inflicted Lancashire's first defeat of the season in any competition in the Sunday League at Old Trafford yesterday and in doing so went the top of the table - at the expense of Lancashire. They are there alone because Worcestershire lost their own perfect Sunday record at Trent Bridge.

Glamorgan bowled and fielded brilliantly in defence of a small total of 162 and sealed an unlikely nine-run win with the first ball of the last over.

The Welshmen had made an excellent start after Hugh Morris won the toss with a fine opening stand of 47 in 10 overs between the captain and Steve James but Lancashire's off-spinner, Gary Yates, hauled them back with 4 for 40 and only Tony Cottey, with 35, ever came to terms with the accurate home seamers.

However, Lancashire slumped to 58 for 5 in reply when Neil Fairbrother was run out by a direct hit from Steve Watkin going for a risky single to backward point.

Mike Watkinson and Wasim Akram put on 39 for the sixth wicket to raise hopes of a recovery but Cottey, the star of a magnificent all-round fielding performance, grabbed the crucial wicket of the Lancashire captain with a sharp return catch in his first over.

Although Warren Hegg kept Lancashire hopes alive, he was left unbeaten on 27 from 29 balls as Glamorgan's bowlers kept cool to seal the win.

Tim Robinson's rich run scoring vein helped Nottinghamshire to ruin Worcestershire's record with a 61-run victory. His 82, that included two sixes and six fours, set Nottinghamshire on their way to a total of 216 for 5 and their second Sunday win.

Worcestershire never really looked in the hunt after David Pennett had made early in-roads into their batting with three wickets, including the crucial one of Tom Moody.

There were not one, but two of that rare result, a tie. At Northampton and it was all thanks to Paul Aldred and Paul Taylor. With Derbyshire requiring 14 off the last over, bowled by Taylor, Aldred hit the second ball for four, two more of the next two deliveries and then a six.

That left them needing two off the last ball but Aldred and Andy Harris could only manage a bye to the wicketkeeper.

In a rain-affected match at Chelmsford Essex were chasing a modest 117 off 26 overs against Durham. Again the batting side needed two off the last ball from Manoj Prabhakar but this time Jonathan Lewis was run out by Alan Walker from third man.

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