1993: Glamorgan win by one wicket at Worcester.

Darren Thomas – the star of a thrilling final over victory at Worcester in 1993. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

In 1993 Glamorgan beat Worcestershire by one wicket and in the final over of the game at New Road, thanks to a nerveless performance by Darren Thomas, the 18 year-old pace bowler who took nine wickets in the game and played a nerveless innings to see Glamorgan home.

Darren’s  efforts with the ball had put Glamorgan in a promising position after tea on the second day, but a defiant half-century by Phil Newport,  plus a last wicket stand of 53 between Richard Illingworth and Neal Radford swung the match back in Worcestershire`s favour as the home side set Glamorgan a target of 331. Their position became stronger as Glamorgan slipped to 92-4 at lunch, and with promising opener Steve James missing the match through injury, it looked as if Glamorgan had little chance of winning.

But Adrian Dale, promoted to open after a fine summer at number three, had other ideas, and with support from David Hemp and Robert Croft, the game changed complexion once again in the afternoon session. The clatter of wickets at the start of the final hour seemed to have halted Glamorgan`s chase, but Adrian Dale was undaunted and he continued to work the ball around, and reduced the equation to 10 runs off five overs when he was dismissed by Stuart Lampitt.

Dale`s efforts seemed to have won the game for Glamorgan, but with only one more run added, the ninth Welsh wicket fell, as Lampitt dismissed Steve Watkin, and a victory for Worcestershire now seemed a possibility. A draw or a tie were also possible, and with Richard Illingworth bowling the final over, it looked like a re-run of the 1990 match at Abergaveny.

But Darren Thomas belied his inexperience and calmly strode to the wicket with the intention of hitting the winning runs. After some deft glides from Roland Lefebvre, the teenager swept Illingworth to the square-leg boundary to win the game with three deliveries still remaining.

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