About the Match
Glamorgan defeated Leicestershire in the quarter-finals by 9 wickets to make it through, and they will take on 3rd place finishers from the North Group, Warwickshire, in the first semi-final match of the tournament at Birmingham on 2nd September. Warwickshire defeated Surrey in their quarter-final contest by 6 wickets and have proved to be a formidable force to reckon with, having won three consecutive games in the recent past. Glamorgan topped the South Group with 18 points in their kitty while the Warwicks finished 3rd in the North Group with 17 points; these two teams are facing each other for the first time this season, and will surely put up a good fight to make it to the finals.
Chasing 205 runs, the batting line-up set up a solid foundation with players like Pollock and Hose scoring 24 and 36 runs respectively. However, it was Grant Elliott’s unbeaten 59 off 53 that took the team to a comfortable victory by 6 wickets with 4 balls to spare.
Grandhomme and Hain played useful knocks, supporting their captain well in the middle overs; they scored 29 and 39 runs respectively, and add depth to the batting contingent along with others like Sibley and Thomasan.
Earlier, speedsters Thomasan and Hannon-Dalby dismissed two opponents each while spinner JS Patel claimed 1 wicket; but they couldn’t stop the opponents from setting up a huge total. The bowling team has other spinners like Sibley and all-rounder Elliott; speedsters Stone and Grandhomme bring variety to the attack, and can outwit the opposition here at crucial situations.
Previously against Lancashire in the last league match, they chased down 164 runs easily thanks to Pollock and Hose, who posted 49 runs each, and Sibley’s well-made 53. Speedster Stone and spinner Poysden provided 2 breakthroughs each while others put up an economical show with the ball. Overall, they have done well to make it so far and can cause an upset here on Saturday.
They have a brilliant bowling squad with speedsters like Meschede, who took 3-17 in the quarter-final clash against the Leics, Marchant de Lange and Graham Wagg, who dismissed 2 opponents each to get the opponents all-out for just 123 runs. Others like Hogan and spinner Colin Ingram also provided useful breakthroughs, and the latter also posted a superb 70 off 48 to take the team safely across the finish line. Rudolph also contributed well with 46, and others like Donald, David Miller and Salter bring depth to the batting line-up.
Against Middlesex in the league match, Marchant de Lange and Hogan claimed 3 wickets apiece to restrict the opposition to 99 runs in the reduced 14-over innings. Then, batsmen Donald, Cooke and Rudolph kept the scoreboard ticking to help win the match by 7 wickets. Other top-order batsmen like Ingram and Selman have also performed well throughout the league and add stability to the innings.
The players’ morale is up after crossing the first hurdle in the knock-out phase, and they can prove to be a tough nut to crack especially with the in-form bowling attack that has helped them conquer other teams this season.
Both teams have earned their place in the semi-finals and will fight tooth and nail to keep their campaign alive; while Warwickshire has good resources with both bat and ball, we feel that Glamorgan with it well-balanced bowling squad, is better placed to emerge victorious on Saturday