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Gloucestershire are well set at the top of South Group points table and with the table still wide open, they can't be sure of making it to the quarterfinals just yet. They'll be taking on Glamorgan in their next match on 3rd August 2018 to be played at Sophia Gardens.
Glamorgan haven't been at their best in the season on the whole, but they played like a completely different team in their last match. They have a pretty even head to head record against Gloucestershire in their last five matches with three losses and two wins to their name.
Bowling first against Surrey in their last match, they conceded 194 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Their bowlers did extremely well in the initial overs as they removed the dangerous pair of Aaron Finch and Jason Roy to leave them at 58 for 2 in seven overs. They, however, conceded 57 runs off the final five as Surrey racked up a decent total on the board.
It wasn't a start Glamorgan were looking for as they lost their openers with just 15 runs on the board. Usman Khawaja and Aneurin Donald, two of the batsmen who scored well in the last match, departed for 10 and naught respectively. Craig Meschede and Kiran Carlson then joined together to bring them back in the game with a 50-run partnership, coming off just 25 deliveries. Graham Wagg batted brilliantly at the death for his 26-ball 46 to guide Glamorgan home with six balls to spare.
Usman Khawaja, Aneurin Donald, Craig Meschede, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke, Graham Wagg, Nicholas Selman, Andrew Salter, Ruaidhri Smith, Timm van der Gugten, Michael Hogan.
The team dictating terms in South Group have won five games out of seven and will be looking to finish well to maintain their supremacy in the South Group. Although they weren't at their best in their last match, against Sussex, they did manage to take two important points and return to the top of the table.
It was a slow surface which suited their pace-off attack to perfection. Although Gloucestershire struggled to score against accurate bowling of Sussex spinners, Danny Briggs and Rashid Khan, they seemed pretty comfortable against the rest of the bowlers who provided extra pace for Gloucs to thrive on.
Bowling first after losing the toss, Gloucestershire were brilliant in the powerplay overs as David Payne dismissed Luke Wright and Tom Bruce in a space of just seven deliveries. Andrew Tye, who has been phenomenal in the tournament, picked up two wickets for 25. Tye and Co. kept the Sharks quiet until the penultimate delivery when Jofra Archer cleared the ropes after a long time.
Sussex needed to bowl well to have any say in the game and they did that in the middle overs. Matt Hammond was excellent up front and kept their innings together before he perished for a personal score of 35. Jack Taylor struck quick 23 off just 10 deliveries to seal the deal just when things were beginning to look a little tough for the home side.
MAH Hammond, M Klinger, IA Cockbain, Benny Howell, KN Barnett, Ryan Higgins, JW Taylor, GH Roderick, AJ Tye, Tom Smith, DA Payne.
Although both the sides are coming off wins in their respective matches, they both have plenty of chinks to iron out. Gloucestershire's trouble against spin was well-highlighted while Glamorgan's death bowling was poor, to say the least. Gloucestershire have been a better team in the tournament, considering the current standing in the points table, and with Glamorgan missing a couple of their key players, the visitors are set to win this all-important encounter.