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GLAMORGAN chairman Gerard Elias yesterday called Surrey to account for short-changing the Cardiff crowd on a rain-affected final day of the county championship season.

Elias was disappointed to see the Londoners bat on - despite having a lead of 314 in the bag and a second innings in reserve - after rain had robbed both teams of the morning session.

But his criticism was not accepted by Surrey coach Keith Medlycott, who did not want to put his bowling attack through a long and fruitless stint in the field when they have a Norwich Union League match today.

Sixty-seven overs still remained yesterday, and Surrey chose to allow overnight batsmen Mark Butcher and Ally Brown the opportunity to plunder some more runs instead of putting the home side under immediate pressure to save the game.

England left-hander Butcher, 215 overnight, fell 29 runs short of matching his career best score of 259 but Brown was also able to claim a century before captain Adam Hollioake finally called a halt to the innings at 701-9, leaving Glamorgan to bat the day out.

The situation exasperated Elias, who said: "It is extremely disappointing to say the very least for spectators on the ground - not to mention sponsors - who paid a considerable amount of money to be here."

Warwickshire won their race against the weather to secure a comprehensive victory over Derbyshire and claim the final Second Division promotion spot during the final day of this season's county championship.

Standing just 0.75 points clear of promotion rivals Middlesex at the start of the day, they took just two hours to complete an-innings-and-100-run triumph at Derby, with former England bowler Dougie Brown claiming six for 60. Resuming on 91-5 needing to reach 294 to make thirdplaced Warwickshire bat again, Derbyshire collapsed from 113-5 to 141-9.

But with the storm clouds closing in, Derbyshire mounted a frustrating last-wicket partnership of 69 in 18 overs to put Warwickshire's victory in doubt only for Melvyn Betts to remove Tom Lungley's leg stump and complete the triumph.

Middlesex, needing an unlikely triumph at Worcester to keep the pressure on their promotion rivals, began the final day just 67 runs ahead on 152-2 but progressed quickly to declare on 368-4 after a quickfire century from Ed Joyce.

That left Worcestershire needing 284 from a minimum 48 overs, but they reached 179-4 at the close.

Hampshire, lying in second place, were chasing a final day victory over second bottom Nottinghamshire but fell short of their victory target of 301 despite a battling century from Giles White.

Nottinghamshire declared on 314-7 after resuming on 883, but despite other useful runs from Will Kendall (79), they reached 245-6 at the close.

With the First Division championship already having been won by Yorkshire, the only outcome still to be decided was the relegation battle between Northamptonshire and Lancashire.

Lying just one point ahead of Northamptonshire at the start of the day, Lancashire needed only to draw to effectively secure their First Division status unless their rivals claimed an unexpected triumph over Somerset.

Lancashire achieved their objective with rain washing out any play on the final day.

It left Northamptonshire attempting to claim a remarkable triumph over second-placed Somerset and after resuming 98 behind on 89-1, they set a victory target of 246 off a minimum of 30 overs after declaring on 432 for nine.

Despite the imposing target, Somerset took up the challenge and were given a flying start with a 147-run opening partnership between captain Jamie Cox and Matthew Wood.

Once Graeme Swann dismissed both batsmen, it was left to Keith Parsons to complete their incredible victory with an unbeaten 36. Their triumph left Lancashire finishing five points clear of Northamptonshire, who will enter the Second Division with Glamorgan and Essex next season.

Champions Yorkshire suffered their second successive defeat since claiming the championship pennant, slipping to an unexpected 51-run defeat to bottom-placed Essex at Scarborough.


CLASSY: Wicketkeeper Mark Wallace looks on as Surrey's Mark Butcher piles on the runs
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 16, 2001
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